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Old 01-04-2018, 09:43 PM
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We have the same problem, except in summertime when it can get up to 120*! I have to get pretty creative sometimes. I have some FitPaws stuff now but last year the dogs were learning to balance on things (from a bucket to a paint can to a ladder), playing recall games up and down the stairs, playing fetch up and down the stairs, learning to walk backwards up the stairs...100 things to do with a box, hide and seek with their meals, with their toys, lots of frozen Kongs and food puzzles and bully sticks, learning tricks and practicing their obedience and heel work...and going to stores like you all mentioned. There are a lot of fun ideas that I found on YouTube.

I really like shaping, and seriously, a 15 minute session of shaping Sophie to run around a cone the other day wiped her out for longer than an hour running around the dog park.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:04 AM
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Have you thought about taking him to doggy daycare one or two days a week till the weather breaks, my son and dil take their pup and he loves it, when he gets home he is exhausted and more calm in the house the day after he's been to daycare!! Oh and some day cares have play groups you can go to as well...just another option!!
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:53 AM
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I don't drive, so I can't take him out until hubby is able to drive us. most doggy daycares, agility clubs, etc are out at the edge of the city(25-40min drive) It's a shame, because he has inter-dog anxiety that leads to aggression, and getting him around other dogs might help his confidence(assuming they were well behaved dogs) It's that reason that I like the Petsmart/Chapters combination--if there are too many dogs, or a particularly dominant dog in the store, we can retreat next door and he still gets his walk.

Absticals and agility in-house are definitely an option though. I'm sure I can rig something up until we get actual equipment. And I was looking at some fidget toys, and interactive feeding gadgets on amazon as well. I particularly like one that's a frame with three bottles on it, and the dog must tip the bottles to get the food.
@linzydd could you possibly link me to names of youtubers, or a website with more information? I think this would work great, and I'm already working on Shamas for focus, basic training so I love the idea of something that'll get his eyes on me.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:10 AM
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Oh that box thing's amazing! I'm definitely picking up a clicker today when we go for our walk
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:32 AM
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One toy I've discovered that can't be destroyed is a laser pointer. I don't know why they're only marketed as cat toys, dogs seem to love them just as much! Their determination to catch and eat the magical red dot is incredibly entertaining. The only problem is that dogs tend to figure out after a while where the light is coming from, and they'll turn their attention to the actual pointer.
I don't think it will work as a primary way to get out energy, but it is an inexpensive option for some occasional fun!
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PetSmart runs doggy daycares. They're cheaper than many others and include three or four cups of dry food, even limited ingredient types for dogs with food allergies as part of the price. They have indoor dog camp where dogs can play all day from 9-530 and separate dogs based on size and compatibility. They claim to supervise them constantly. My dog loves them. He has separation anxiety but is pulling to get there and races off with them without a backward glance when I drop him off. Nowhere else is he so happy to leave me. At the dog park of I go to the car to get something he stops playing and goes to the gate starting after me. Anywhere else we are, he's happy until I leave then stops all interactions and stares or whines until I come back but he loves doggy daycare. The one I go to is great and I have a friend who goes to one in a different town and she's the one who recommended it to me. She has an older Boston terrier and he loves it too and she's happy with the care too.
My dog won't chase a laser but I've seen several dogs in the park go crazy over them. He just looks at them and the lasers like seriously? The other owners have tried to engage him too he just walks away. But he'll go crazy if he sees a rabbit or animal to chase.
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101 Things to Do with a Box

A 101 things to do with an object from Pam's Dog Academy:

I also follow kikopup on YouTube. Tons of great everything.

We also work on settling, too. Sometimes I really have to get things done around the house or we wanna watch a movie or make food, or sit on the floor and play with the kids, and it's a great time to teach more "boring" things like place, stay, etc.
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Sorry to double post, but my husband actually fashioned a basic jump out of PVC pipe. I can easily bring it inside. The bar is set at the lowest notch, and right now I'm working on sending my puppy left and right around the pylons. He also made a really basic cavalletti for us to work with, too.
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I'll follow them. I got him a clicker yesterday, and had my youngest read through the book to pick her favorite trick. she's thrilledd at having a step by step guide to training him, and no trainer telling her "no, do it this way" lol

Heidi, his trainer, stops us at Petsmart on a regular basis, to see how he's doing, which I like. I need to schedule another session actually-we're getting some resource guarding, and I'm incuded in the resources being guarded. He causes a disturbance every time I step into my daughter's room(where the cats live) and when Matt says Hi to me, he'll run over whining and place his body betweeen us, as a block. At food time, I find it necessary to put him into the bedroom with his own food, and feeed the cats in their room...because the dog objects to the cats getting food. But that's a problem for another thread.....

Back on subject, Shamas sees the clicker and immediately drops to Sit now....it's funny, that's his go-to if he's asking for something...and if that doesn't work, he offers paw. Only his left, becausee that's all I've had a chance to teach him so far, and "paw" is a fun trick, not a practical command lol.

I decided to work a little on getting him to walk beside me, because he's quite a puller. Lucky for me, for all of his height, he's only 55-60lb(put on muscle since I got him, so I'm going to guess he's closing on 60 now) I walk him with a harness for relaxed, and martingale for Heel, or times when I want to lead-because it's easier to lead from high on the neck. SO the first thing I started doing with the clicker was walking with it in my right hand, down by his nose. If he walks beside, he gets a click and treat. I haven't added a leash yet

I have decided to get a bag of food as his treats- seems to make more sense than high calorie treats. so he'll be on his regular food, with Wellness Core as treats. That stuff stinks! lol
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Sorry to double post, but my husband actually fashioned a basic jump out of PVC pipe. I can easily bring it inside. The bar is set at the lowest notch, and right now I'm working on sending my puppy left and right around the pylons. He also made a really basic cavalletti for us to work with, too.
My kids had Carly jumping over one of those collapsible tubes for kids to crawl through. They stretch it across the hallway so there's no room to go around it and call her down to the other end of the hall, or place treats and tell her to find them. PVC would take up less room though!
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