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Old 06-29-2011, 03:55 AM
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How to calm my Dalmatian

I been trying to get him tired but no matter what I do...half hour and he's still on it again.
I mean after 8hour walk off lead he comes home and wants to go straight at it.
Got a big garden and taken out lots...do I need to ask for help (proffessional) or?
Seems like the more I take him out, the more he wants...

He's 15 months old and not chewing things but needs constant attention
(if I just look at him he goes crazy about going out)
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8 hour walk? do you mean A hour walk? Because if your dog is walking 8 hours and still going at it then....

Ok first of, remember that while physical exercise is important, so is mental exercise.
For exercise, I wouldn't do it all in one lot. Try taking him for a 30-60 minute walk in the morning, maybe with a game of tug or fetch. In the afternoon or evening, take him for another hour long walk. If you have any more spare time, and the dog is eager, play or walk more.

Mental stimulation is very important. Even if the body is tired, the mind may still be full of energy. How do you feed him? Do you just put the bowl on the ground? A good way to burn some of that mental energy is to ask the dog to sit for it's meal. Even better if you ask the dog to stay, gradually getting him to wait longer for each meal. Training him everyday, just fun tricks etc. is great for your dog. Many in this forum use a clicker to train. Have a look around the forum and you might want to add some more fun, positive training to you and your dogs lifestyle.
Hiding bits of food that the dog has to find with it's nose is also a great idea. You can start easy at first, and gradually make it harder. Hide treats behind things, under peices of paper etc. You can think up ways of making it really tricky for the dog to find the treats/peices of it's meal.
Do you have food toys? KONGs a great, you can stuff them and the dog has to work to get the food out. They also have a bunch of other toys like maize balls, tug-a-jugs. These toys can be really useful to keep the dog busy when your not around as well.
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Perhaps the walk is just a warm up for your spotty friend!

What about using a bike attachment for a dog to run along safely with you? You may not be moving quick enough to burn off energy. My dalmatians learned to run along with me as I roller skated. I've even seen some attachments that go on scooters.
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I been trying to get him tired but no matter what I do...half hour and he's still on it again.
I mean after 8hour walk off lead he comes home and wants to go straight at it.
Got a big garden and taken out lots...do I need to ask for help (proffessional) or?
Seems like the more I take him out, the more he wants...

He's 15 months old and not chewing things but needs constant attention
(if I just look at him he goes crazy about going out)
WOW, I would cut back on the walking!! Walking so much can damage your puppy's joints! I suggest doing mental work with him - flirt polls/puzzel feeders/obediance & trickwork. He's still in his puppy stage going into "teen" years so that is why his seems to have endless amounts of energy.
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I think the OP meant an hour, and an hour for a 15 month old dog I don't think is excessive

I would definitely increase his mental stimulation. Food puzzles are a great way along with a flirt pole
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dals are working farm dogs. Most people don't understand this and then have dogs destroying their house and bouncing off the walls. You can walk him to no end, but until you burn that mental energy you will have the same results. He needs a job. He needs to have a job to do so he feels accomplished and satisfied.
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Hey, we have a very very energetic 13 months old dog (border collie cross springer spaniel) and he sounds very much like your dalmation

Our dog has a minimum of 2.5 hours off-lead exercise a day, usually more, and we play fetch at least once every walk.

Like everyone else said, mental exercises are great for tiring a dog! I know if Kasper starts acting up in the house and he only got walked a few hours ago, I'll give him some mental stimulation and then he's happy to chill for another few hours. These last few days we haven't been able to walk him due to an injury (vet's orders) so we've been working hard to give him lots of mental stimulation!

Here are a few ideas:
-LOTS of training sessions! We do them in 5 - 10 minute bursts, all throughout the day, and you can put your dog's food ration into this so you aren't feeding him too many treats

- Feeding him his meals in exciting ways...we have a puzzle ball for Kasper (you put kibble in the middle and he has to roll and bite it to get it out)

- Similar to above, feeding Kasper his meals in a plastic bottle works REALLY well! If you take the cap, label and plastic ring bit off it's great, the large bottles with his food in can keep him busy for over half an hour because he likes to chew the empty bottle too! Just make sure you take it off him if he makes a hole so he doesn't cut himself.

- Teach him a hide and seek / find it game. Kasper loves these! I show him the toy, make him sit and wait whilst I hide it somewhere in the house, then give the command 'find it' and off he goes! You can make it hard like hiding it under other objects etc. just build it up slowly so he doesn't get discouraged!

- Indoor games...we play tuggy with Kasper and mix it in with commands like drop it, leave it etc.

- Chew toys and things like that...raw bones, beef knuckles, hides etc.

Good luck with your dog!

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