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Old 02-29-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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Question Bored Puppy - Ideas please.

I can see my 13 week old lab/shep/husky is bored - she stays outside and asks to go out often so she can play in the yard even though it's cold. The vet said I can start taking her for walks after her next shots and I am hoping that will help.

What else would you suggest to cure her of her massive level of boredom? I think since she's a bit older now she doesn't need as much sleep so my small house is just dullsville to her.

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Old 02-29-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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all puppies wanna do is play play play eat poop sleep play play play! you could start real basic training like sit, stay, give paw etc making it a fun game that keeps yr pup alert and 'busy', also start lead training now even before you can take pup out...just round the house and garden is fine. just a few ideas...im sure more experienced dog owners on here will come up with lots more/better ideas. good luck
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Make up some things like tie an old sock in knots, give an old slipper to chew on. Have all the toys in one box, container or basket, put in her place and leave it there.
Kongs filled with cheese or peanut butter, freeze over night, great to nibble on next day. I have a thread here with dog Kong receipes that is great to fill the Kongs with. It is under dog receipes.

Get tennis balls for her, hard nylabones, RAW beef soup bone at grocery store once a week as they can get the runs with bone marrow too often till she is older.

Walking will tire her puppies have so much energy if healthy and just want entertained all the time. I am thankful for good adults to teach them good things. They learn to play and chase the big dogs, that is very tiring.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions - I'll be out shopping on Sunday maybe I will pick her up a Kong then.

Had our first short walk tonight - she loved it(we're currently having a snowstorm). We have toys in the house but all our rooms are 10' X 10' so it's hard to find somewhere for her to really have fun and run in the house.

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You've been given some great ideas. Starting training will be a big help. Dogs tire out just by working the brain.

Kongs are ideal. I play fetch in my small spaces. Tug is also good. Enroll in a puppy class for socialization and a "night out" for you and the puppy.

Another good tip: Don't keep all the toys out. Take a few toys out and put most up. Except for your dog's very favorite toys, you rotate the toys in and out. This makes the toys more interesting for the dog rather than the "same old thing" to play with.
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Absolutely agree with the start OB training - Or start SAR training - play hide and seekl you might want to do some agility, not big deals but teach her to weave, to go over dowels on the ground (she's too young to jump,) up an A-Frame, anything that you and she can do together will not only wear her out but really bond her to you.

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As has been said above, start some basic training. If you can get someone else involved, stand at either side of the room and each take turns to call the puppy (get her to sit) and then reward. If she goes to someone without being called then ignore her and get the other person to call her and again reward her for doing it correctly. That'll soon tire her out and also helps with recall.

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Training a few basic things will give her a good mental workout. You could take her for trips to pet shops,to socialize her (most of them allow dogs). Maybe try some fun stuff in the basement where there is more room, hide and seek, hide treats and let her sniff them out, shake hands. Have some grooming sessions with her, get her used to having the nails clipped.

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When my dog was a puppy she spent ages playing with a kong (a large rubber toy) filled with dry dog food they're great and a also a hollow ball that you could fill with food which took a long while chasing about to get the food. Make sure you're only feeding the normal meals divided into the toys

Hope this helps!

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