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Thread: Needing some ideas on keeping a BC entertained alone without using food

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    Default Needing some ideas on keeping a BC entertained alone without using food

    I now have a BC, a foster fail. I'm having trouble with ideas for keeping him entertained during the hours whilst im at work and my backyard is paying for it. He has the obvious - Toys, but i suspect they are not mentally stimulating enough. Food cannot be used unless the dogs are seperated for the day as he is extremely food aggressive - absolute softy until food is around and he turns into a demon. I am trying to work on it but i am firm that no food is to be left about without supervision.

    He gets plenty of excercise - 15min run on the bike (6months old so im scared to work him too hard) 15mins of fetch and a 30min walk with molly, we come home i pull out the kongs which they play with whilst i have brekkie, then i take the kongs off of them and i head l work. OH finishes work 1pm comes home takes them for another walk then when i get home we walk back to the park and play fetch till we cant see the ball anymore. Once a week we go to a sheep herding clinic which he is really good at and is a great outlet for settling down and learning manners/obedience in a public environment.

    I really have no clue how to satisfy him when im not around and doesnt include food of some kind!

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    How much trick training do you do?

    You might find 5 minutes of trick training (any trick but I'd start with shaping "around the pole") wears him out more than an hour of running - which only gets you a super fit destructo dog.

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    One of our working sheepdogs used to play for hours with a soccor ball. pushing the ball around with her head. I think it was her herding instinct that drove her but I have no idea how it started

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    MMJ rex does the same with big balls - basket balls, soccer balls etc so we have lots of them around but this one hasn't taken to that.

    I have been pretty slack on the trick training i know he is very intelligent and he needs i use his brain so he wont be so stir crazy - i find it easier to run him as it works in with my routine (2 birds 1 stone & all that). We do some basic obedience with him & the herding so he does get some mental stimulation but probably needs it more so in the morning as opposed to evenings when classes are held!

    Ive never had a pup as an adult. He's 6months - do they teeth? Is that why he feels the need to chew things or is it just out of a lack of stimuli??

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    no dog under 12 months old should be run by a bike for any amount of time. He needs to work, and apparently quite hard so he needs interactive activities. Put toys on bungee cords and hang them up so they move and make noise, train him in anything as much as you can constantly and also prevent him from destroying before he does himself an injury or makes it an OCD behavior. He sounds like he needs a lot of work to do constantly.

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    you could clicker trick shape train him to interact with the soccer ball.

    Do five minutes of shaping him to interact with the ball. then go for the ride. But like Nekhbet said - you could be over doing the exercise. My mum had a rule of thumb - 5 minutes per month of age. So 6 months = 30 minutes and then a rest.

    So use some of that extra time to trick train. Wear his brain out.

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    I went out and got a clicker this morning and did basic sit, drop & shake and he picked it up real fast and hes actually on his bed being nice and quiet! That usually only happens after herding. I like the idea of improvising with his toys - roping them up. I have a paddling pool which they dont use which im thinking of filling with sand instead and then i could probably hide some toys in there too

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    Hi Kuri, with the teething it can go on up to 10-12 months.
    Our little girl, GinGin needed to be chewing for most of the day and part of the night.
    She was 6 months old when she came to us as a foster.

    One day I noticed that she was not stealing and chewing shoes or remotes anymore.
    I was surprised and relieved it was so suddenly over.
    She was 6 months old when she came to us as a foster.

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    Damn! BC's are full of energy! You should hire a walker to take him for a run during the day at a local park where he can run around off leash, otherwise i'd take him for a good jog or bike ride at night after you have come home that will usually wear them out! Good luck!

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    Thanks chubb, he takes his soft toy to bed at night and he will chew it to sleep and i thought maybe hes teething but wasnt sure if they do! Im pretty sure he gets alot of attention on the physical side of things probably too much but i knew i wasnt doing enough mentally and usually after 10 mins of herding he's buggered because hes concentrating so much, i need to involve more of that at home

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