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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2012, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Best "mind exercises" and toys?

Memphis is 3 months old and is surprisingly good so far. He doesn't wine in his cage, he walks pretty well on his leash, he learned sit, give me your paw, now your other paw and a few other small tricks within 2 days, and most importantly he loooooves us. He's just so sweet. However, we do work all day and while I take him for at least 2-3 30 minute + walks each day where we run and explore, etc, and train him for 15-20 minutes once or twice each day he still needs to burn off more energy as he is in his crate during the day while we are away (though we do have someone come midday to run him around for about 20 minutes every day). I read that they need to be challenged - not just physically by running around, etc, but also mentally. What have you found, besides the basic sit, stay, roll over type training that works best/is most enjoyed?

Also, what toys do you have the most success with in keeping them occupied? My dog DESTROYS stuffed animals within minutes. He will not only rip them apart, but nibble off certain pieces until they come off and then he swallows them. So all his stuffed toys have been thrown out but he loves those best - more so than the safe rubber toys - of course. I don't even like giving him rope, he unknots it in an hour and so it has to be thrown away or he'll choke. He loves his Kong, but only if i stuff it with cookies or peanut butter and I'm not sure how often he should be eating that stuff...

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Have you tried a treat ball? Delgado adores his and will chase it forever trying to get every little bit of food out of it. I just use a little kibble in it so it's a very inexpensive and healthy treat for him

Have you signed up for obedience classes? They can help teach you tricks as well as obedience and it's a good time for canine and humans alike.

Other then that, doggie playdates are a great way to burn off energy, if there's a park nearby or even just a friend who has a suitable dog try meeting up once or twice a week and let them run together. Hopefully you'll be able to find a matching playmate

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Sorry he doesn't "whine" in his cage, not wine. Too early for that.
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I will definitely be signing him up for training, but he's still too little. We got him at 10 weeks and I'm not sure if he had his first round of shots, so the vet is assuming 'no', and so he's only had 1 set so far. second set this Saturday... Are there any things I can do in the mean time?

Also, as far as the obedience classes -- he's so rough that I feel he'd only do well with large dogs. He does what the boxers do - where he almost boxes and hugs around the dogs necks. What should I be doing now so that he doesn't attack a puppy in obedience classes? He's just trying to play but he is so big already - by the time he is able to go to puppy classes he's going to be huge...
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