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03-20-2014 08:46 PM
wyoung2153 Thanks guys for all the advice. great ideas for the slow times! The pace is picking up and I plan on being back to routine on Monday.. we've been doing A LOT of fetch since the weather's been nice. I'm finally.. FINALLY back to 100% and am going to have to get back on the ball.. changes coming for Titan! New routine, new food, new toys!
03-18-2014 05:17 PM
onyx'girl
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Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
Jane,

You're braver than I am, and I suspect much younger. We are in Saginaw, and had deep, deep snow since early December. Between the dogs and I, we put a million (or close) deep footprints in it everywhere. Then as we started to get a couple warm days here and there, the sun compacted all the snow, then it froze every night. It's cold again, and we don't have a flat spot anywhere, just ice with bumps and holes frozen into it everywhere. I heard a robin about a week ago--I suspect he went back down south! I get paranoid about Orick running on this, don't want any major injuries (to myself, either!)

However, since you are in sw MI, I suppose I'm not telling you anything new!
I just heard someone on our local news refer to this as the "never-ending winter". Couldn't have said it better.

Susan
haha, I doubt I'm younger than you...I feel my age bigtime Looks like the weather is finally making a turn towards Spring. I've seen 3 or 4 days of temps above the freezing mark this month!
Gonna take forever for the snowpack to melt though. This photo was from Saturday's training, there was a small area of packed snow that we were able to train on...everything else was that deep 2 layers of bumps and holes like you described.
03-18-2014 05:14 PM
Harry and Lola When Lola had a lump removed from her foot, we weren't able to exercise her for a couple of weeks.

We did things like taking her for car rides, standing outside our property so she could see the world go by, put her kibble food into a Kong Wobbler along with some really large pieces of dried liver (that won't come out) and she had to work to get her food which helped tire her out and also swapping a meal for the largest meaty bone I could find that required her to chew, rip and tear for at least an hour or two.
03-18-2014 03:23 PM
Msmaria I dont have a high drive pup, but we keep him pretty busy with mind games since he has HD and we dont over exercise him.

I love the internet and always find really fun things to do with stuff I have around the house by going online. Here some ideas to get you started.

How To Keep Your Dog Entertained And Out Of Trouble - YouTube
Priceless Dog Toys: How to Make a Dog Game Puzzle - YouTube
Fun 'Nose Work' Ideas - YouTube
03-17-2014 04:43 PM
Scout's Mama Same boat here with a three day stomach bug. We've been heavy on the backyard time, flirt pole, jolly eggs, and knuckle bones!

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03-17-2014 10:38 AM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
we've been training in it. Not fun, but it is what it is! I just want to see something other than snow so we can start tracking again.
Jane,

You're braver than I am, and I suspect much younger. We are in Saginaw, and had deep, deep snow since early December. Between the dogs and I, we put a million (or close) deep footprints in it everywhere. Then as we started to get a couple warm days here and there, the sun compacted all the snow, then it froze every night. It's cold again, and we don't have a flat spot anywhere, just ice with bumps and holes frozen into it everywhere. I heard a robin about a week ago--I suspect he went back down south! I get paranoid about Orick running on this, don't want any major injuries (to myself, either!)

However, since you are in sw MI, I suppose I'm not telling you anything new!
I just heard someone on our local news refer to this as the "never-ending winter". Couldn't have said it better.

Susan
03-17-2014 12:27 AM
3GSD92_00_12 Jolly balls are life savers! I bought Gypsy one about 2 weeks ago and she loves it to death. It really is a good toy that will make a GSD tired. Another good thing about the Jolly ball, I got to prove to my dad that it was a toy that Gypsy would enjoy, but have a hard time to destroy.
03-16-2014 09:19 PM
onyx'girl
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Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
Thanks, my thought exactly on the melatonin. I don't want to drug my baby boy, although from what I know, melatonin is supposed to be pretty safe.

Will have to squeeze in inside training time... Also, I think this week is supposed to warm up again, maybe we'll get rid of some of this ice!

Susan
we've been training in it. Not fun, but it is what it is! I just want to see something other than snow so we can start tracking again.

wyoung, I hope you feel better asap!
03-16-2014 09:19 PM
Cassidy's Mom
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Originally Posted by DJEtzel View Post
I would be killing two birds with one stone and training settling exercises/teaching him how to have an off switch. Practice stays, go to mat exercises, and work on him stay relaxed when you start to move/stir.

He'll be toast in the mind department in no time.
Absolutely!!! Fortunately, all my dogs have good off switches, but I simply wouldn't tolerate bouncing off the walls behavior anyway.

I don't know if it's 100% genetic, or the fact that there is no expectation of mass quantities of physical exercise every day, so when they don't get it, it's no big deal. Exercise the brain, and reinforce calm, relaxed behavior.
03-16-2014 09:16 PM
Cassidy's Mom
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Also, the Buster Cube makes a great puppy-sitter!
We had one of those, but Halo ate it.
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