January 21st, 2010, 09:24 PM
Keely (rotbox)is 5 months and was spayed on Monday. She cannot do any activity for at least 10 days and I am already starting to go crazy. She is used to a daily run of about 40 minutes and she is starting to become destructive (chewing) because she is bored and has all this energy that I cannot seem to drain otherwise.
I bought a chew toy kinda like a kong that screws two disc's together and they have to get between them to get the treats out. She has kings down to a science and licks them clean in about 20 minutes and has chewed through the new toy which apparently is not indestructable.
Does anyone have any other ideas on great ways to drain puppy energy that does not involve anything active? There is only so much peanut butter she can healthily consume in a day. Also, does anyone know of a toy that I could fill with treats that would keep her occupied for hours? Maybe something that is safe to leave in the crate with her while we are not home? There is nothing at my local pet store so I might have to buy it online. I am in Moncton, NB.
January 21st, 2010, 11:17 PM
Instead of peanut butter you can fill a kong with plain yogurt and then stuff it in the freezer. Slows down the consumption of peanut butter as well.
January 21st, 2010, 11:57 PM
Or you can mix kibble with yogurt or creamy (unsalted) cottage cheese, stuff several Kongs and place in freezer for her. You can feed all meals this way.
You can take her for short leash walks several times a day, it won't hurt her. Also, now would be a great time to teach her some tricks. Learning new cues is hard work and will tire her out as well.
January 22nd, 2010, 12:40 AM
With all that yummy peanutbutter, yogurt and cottage cheese, you can teach her yum yum:
January 22nd, 2010, 12:42 AM
Another vote for the frozen kong :thumbs up. The combinations can be endless and it might be good to switch them up a bit to keep her interested. My dogs love mashed banana mixed with yogurt and a bit of kibble or also cheez whiz is a big fav.
Short leash walks should be fine at this stage as well just be sure to try to keep her walking in cleaner areas (avoid mud etc).
January 22nd, 2010, 01:48 AM
I agree the short leash walks are a good idea but, as Teri said, make sure she doesn't get her stitches wet if it's been raining and the water splashes up from the sidewalk/road.
Also, make sure you're taking into account the number of calories in the kongs so she doesn't pack on extra pounds.
Luckypenny's suggestion of teaching her some new tricks is a good idea as it will help to tire her out mentally. Try giving each toy a "name" for her to learn and get her to bring it to you.
January 22nd, 2010, 10:32 AM
The problem with short walks right now is that she wants to run SO BAD! She is like a jack in the box ready to explode and her stitches are dissolvable + we live in a cold area so there is a lot of snow and slush right now! Thanks for the ideas on kongs, I like the frozen ideas and will get some cottage cheese this weekend. I am looking for other ways to drain her energy by working with her. Definitely I can try some new tricks, it doesnt hurt to have more.
Does anyone have a list of tricks other then sit, stay, come, play dead etc. I have also been doing some targeting with her recently and she does really well. I have another dog too so it will have to be something that I can do with both of them or in turns but I may as well take advantage of the down time and load her up with new commands :)
January 22nd, 2010, 01:38 PM
As far as training commands go - be creative!! I'm personally a fan of the "Surrender" (dogs are essentially begging with paws up in the air) followed by pretend 'shooting the dog' (used on cue with the word 'BANG' and your hand in the 'gun symbol'). It's really cute when put together in sequence.
Two of my dogs will also hang their heads and put their paws over their eyes when I ask them if they're embarrassed. (To teach that one, we taught them 'shake' first - once they were used to shake, they would lift their paws easily when they saw the treat, and we would direct the treat under their leg so their nose would follow the treat under their paw and we would give the cue.)
You really just have to be creative and use your imagination. Dogs are smart, and dogs with high energy are generally very eager to please when you start working their minds.