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Old 01-21-2013, 01:41 AM
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Dog at threshold, and ive lost the off button

Hello folks.
long story short. I have a broken foot. Cant exercise dogs right now, family as helpful as tits on a bull.
I have a active life with these dogs. And they get exercised/trained/worked daily. We track, we swim, we retrieve balls, treilball, round up cows and ducks and visitors. etc etc

They are high octane dogs with a lame guilt ridden owner.
Ive added trick training in to drain the brain, but bernie is not done. Ive basically lost his off button!


Suggestions please.
I have a lake, acerage, wildlife
australia, so think dawn and dusk is our habit here. I wish i had not reinforced this pattern every single day of their lives now!
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how much are you physically able to do?
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About 50 paces of walking
So nowhere near enough. We would normally walk for an hour
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Would it be possible to rig up a treadmill for him? I don't know if you have one, but it may be an idea if you do.
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well, you could do a lot of fetch with them... do you have a chuck it or something? it could actually be useful to practice a lot of training from seated, and use the fetching as a reward. i've trained clover to put what he has fetched in different places, like on a target... so if i point at something, he will put the ball on/in it or to someone, he will give the ball to them. makes the game a brain drain/running combo...

you could also work on nosework... not sure where you might be with that, if you've done any so far, but sniffing and searching are tiring...

hmm... aside from puzzle feeders and such, nothing else is coming to mind at the moment.
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I second the chuck it! Was a lifesaver! I was high risk pregnancy amd delivered 6 weeks early, now having a new Premie, there was no other way to exercise the malinois pack. I have surgery scheduled next week, so again the chuckit will be entertainment for 6 dogs.
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We have also been fine tuning commands, practicing directionals, and doing simple scent problems, but having the dogs point the scent out by touching with their noses. Increasing the length of time they hold their alert, and distance from me.
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Force a family member to hide toys and stuff around your place and have the dogs find them. They will view it as a job. You'll have to put in some training so they know what to expect, but "find it" uses their minds as well as their bodies. Then add Fawkese1's idea of having them put the toy into a box.

Feed them via a treat dispensing toy to use their minds and keep them distracted longer than eating from a dish.
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