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    Hi,
    We have a 1 year old,deserxedmale German shepherd. Due to our living circumstances, he is an outside dog, he gets about 2 hours inside each night once we are home from work.

    Melbourne weather has been absolutely dreadful the past few days and won't get any better, we need some tips on different ways to entertain him throughout the day. We are finding we get home and he has been destructive and is hyperactive and very rough due to being bored during the day.

    We hide his kong for him each morning to mentally stimulate him and keep him entertained. We have also persistently tried rotation of different toys, but he doesn't like toys. Tug of war and ball are his favourite, but he doesn't play them by himself.

    We also leave him clean empty soft drink and milk bottles that are free from dangerous plastic rims and labels.

    What else can we try to keep him entertained??

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    He might like a treat ball? My dog seemed to prefer that over kongs when she was young. She also has a kong wobbler, which took her a while to figure out, but then she liked it.

    There are a variety of other treat dispensing toys like that. You also have those puzzle toys, but I always doubt that they will keep them entertained once they've figured them out once. Not sure though.

    Do you walk him in the morning?

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    No, we don't walk him in the mornings, my boyfriend leaves for work at 6 and I leave at 6.30, so we run out of time. I might try that over the next few mornings to see if that helps!
    We will check out treat dispensing toys as well!
    Thankyou

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    Treat dispensing toys are great! I've been meaning to get a Kong wobbler for my dogs, i've heard they're great. If you feed him in the morning, perhaps you could put his dry food in a Kong wobbler just before you leave, so he can spend the morning playing with the kong to get his breakfast out of it

    I think walking him in the morning will definitely help too (tough if you're not a morning person though ) When my Australian Shepherd was a puppy I had to get up early in the morning to walk him before i had to leave. He was hyperactive and destructive if i didn't walk him in the morning. As he got older, he slowly learnt to contain his energy until the afternoon, which suits my lifestyle much better.

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    You will need to exercise him every day if possible. This is part of owning a young highly driven breed. It sounds like he gets very little stimulation particularly if he only has 2 hours a day with you. Of course he isnt going to play by himself. He needs you to play with him and train him.

    You are just going to get out of bed early or get away from the TV at night and take him for a walk. I used to work 12 hour days when I was consulting. Just had to get up at 4.30 -5 am to give the dog half an hour of ball throwing before I left and at night I was sometimes out walking till midnight. Otherwise it aint fair to have a dog, ya just have to deal with it.

    These days when I have an early start which is often, and the weather is bad I just go it in full waterproof gear. The initial getting up in the feezing dark is not good but once dressed and walking it is quite refreshing especially when there is a nice sunrise.
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    At least do 10 minutes of trick training with him every morning. Trying to learn a new trick wears them out almost as much as exercise. You get more value for your time anyway if that's all you can do.

    I've got a bob a lot - which is fun. I would suggest 8 kongs hidden around the yard - not just one.

    And there is an interesting toy maker called "aussie dog"
    AussieDog.com.au :: Products

    He might play with those if he's bored.

    But I agree with the others, best cure for destructo dog is a good walk before you leave. And 8 stuffed and frozen kongs and a sand pit when you leave.

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    A dog like that really needs to get a good walk daily. And morning is the best time, so he doesn't just fret all day, waiting for you to get home so he can get out.

    I don't start that early, but I get up half an hour earlier to walk my dogs before I leave. Yesterday was the first time in literally years that I skipped a morning walk because it was about 0 degrees, raining and blowing a gale. But I felt guilty all day...

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    You can walk him till your blue in the face...the one thing he needs most of all is you.

    Two hours inside at night...how kind of you. The GSD is a family dog and need to be with the family... not left in the yard for long periods by themselves and now you know why.
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    How about hiding his food (even the kong and the treat balls) in random places. We occasionally put Scotties kibble (or a bone) in a toilet roll centre with the ends folded in. Loo roll centre can then go into a cereal box for a smidge of extra work. Work up from "here's a box with food in it" to hiding it in the yard.

    Raw meaty bones which take ages to eat might help.

    Paid dog walker or someone to come in and throw the ball for 30 minutes?

    This page is a bit... um... meh? But might be a good starting point for thinking about some enrichment ideas Aroma Therapy Is Enriching for Dogs and Cats of all Kinds | Steve Dale's Pet World

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    I don't have a pantry. But mum keeps dog food on the floor in hers. There's no way I'd get my dog out again if we locked her in with the dog food and all the other yummy stuff in pantry.

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