|01-14-2014 06:41 AM|
I guess I am just so, so very hopeful that this is simply her adapting and getting mature and comfortable and understanding that inside the house is not crazy go-time that I want reassurance that dogs do mature in this way rather than it being a sign that she is miserable and bored when inside. Hope this rambling makes sense! Thanks so much for the replies
|01-14-2014 06:30 AM|
|01-13-2014 11:03 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
I would say she is maturing and also feeling a lot more comfortable in her environment (she may have been in an unstable environment up to when you got her at 7 months). The exercise you are giving her now sounds great.
It is important to remember cattle dogs are a very hardy working breed, they are breed to work for hours and hours in the hot Australian sun, she could take more exercise easily, but the fact she is happy and calm in your home, to me sounds like she is satisfied.
|01-13-2014 10:28 PM|
|OriginalWacky||Was this a very sudden change, or gradual? If it was literally overnight, I'd say a vet visit to make sure nothing is wrong would be in order. If that doesn't show anything causing her pain or issues, then my guess would be that she is maturing and learning to use an 'off switch'. She's very smart, and is probably adjusting her schedule to fit the best with yours while still meeting her needs.|
|01-13-2014 08:22 PM|
I don't know!
I hope this doesn't come out wrong, but I can't imagine a dog/puppy needing 6-8 hours of exercise/play. That's a full time job.
|01-13-2014 06:04 PM|
|Sookie||I definitely agree they need downtime, I guess I'm just wondering if it's normal to go from needing 6-8 hours play/exercise to needing 3-4 hours play/exercise in the space of about 2 months. Is it normal development or could she be sick or depressed (ok - not 'depressed' like a person but doggy depressed) or something?|
|01-13-2014 12:52 PM|
|01-13-2014 12:11 PM|
Normal behavior changes with age or is something wrong?
Sookie, my female gsd mix (with Australian cattle dog) is now about 13 months old. When we first got her at 7 months she was insane - energy level off the charts at all times even with 6-8 hours of exercise/play. The past 2-3 months there has been a real change in her energy level. She now only needs about 3 hours of exercise a day to be calm in the house (usually a 2 hour off-leash hike through fields and forest with lots of running and recall training in the morning/early afternoon and a 1 hour off-leash run-around in the field playing tag in the evening). We do some obedience work throughout the day, at random times, five minutes here and there. She would still be happy to have more exercise in that she never gets tired when we are outside, but she no longer requires it in order to be chilled out in the house now. Is this normal - is she just becoming a 'good dog' rather than an insane puppy/adolescent, or should I consider something is wrong? She is still very alert and focused and 'ready to go' at all times, but now will just relax and be calm inside rather than destroying all things. She is super smart and I am also worried that throughout the day she isn't getting enough mental stimulation because even if I do command work 5 - 15 minutes every couple of hours there is still a lot of down time where she isn't actively being engaged. Thanks in advance for your replies!