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Old 07-17-2014, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you share how your German Shepherd's desire "to work" would manifest itself if your GSD felt he/she did not have a "job" to perform?

For example, I take walks around town with my 4.5 month old puppy right now, have her do occasional exercise with other dogs 2 days a week, and do obedience training in short spurts throughout the day with her. So basically, I lead a fairly calm and relaxed lifestyle without a lot of the massive hiking/trekking that others seem to engage in.

How would the average GSD react to this type or regimen in the long-run?

And would having her carry my stuff around in a backpack (once she is older) allow her to feel like she is "working"? I bought a Kyjen hound pack so I was thinking about having her walk around with an empty one for now just to get her used to it.
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what humans consider work isnt what dogs consider work. "work" is a dog expending either physical or mental energy.

obedience sessions are work. fetching that ball back to you over and over is work. just spend time with your dog and it'll be fine.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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what humans consider work isnt what dogs consider work. "work" is a dog expending either physical or mental energy.

obedience sessions are work. fetching that ball back to you over and over is work. just spend time with your dog and it'll be fine.
Okay thanks. I'm looking for a regular dog playmate for her because running around for around an hour with a dog-friend seems to be the ideal cure to tire her out and get her calm and relaxed for the next 24 hours.
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Every couple of days I take Pepper to the local park (not dog park) with a couple of balls, frisbees and water, 35-40 min of hard chasing shes done her "Work" for a while.
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