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    Hi guys,

    My pup has been diagnosed with kennel cough! He was vaccinated against it so only has a mild case but is still contagious so quarantined to the house. He is usually walked twice a day so it's a bit of a shock to the system I think! I have a tiny city block (not enough to throw a ball) so there's not much chance of exercise (and no, I don't have a treadmill for all those Ceasar fans!). He is not a destructive dog but I do feel sorry for him so I'm looking for ideas of fun things we can do to keep him occupied!

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    Training can be fun, Newfienut. Games where he has to do something for a pat or a treat?

    Jeez, I'm out of ideas here in this circumstance.
    Did he get kennel cough from the boarding establishment he stayed in recently, or has this been caught somewhere else? Poor George.

    I hope others come up with some great ideas for both you and George.

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    Kong!
    It won't keep him busy all day, but it will chew up(haha, chew up) some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Training can be fun, Newfienut. Games where he has to do something for a pat or a treat?

    Jeez, I'm out of ideas here in this circumstance.
    Did he get kennel cough from the boarding establishment he stayed in recently, or has this been caught somewhere else? Poor George.

    I hope others come up with some great ideas for both you and George.
    He could have got it from the breeder where he was boarding or at the off lead dog park- although it's probably more likely the breeder given the incubation period. Training is a great idea to stimulate him mentally! Thanks! I'm pretty lucky he's got such a docile disposition, but he still gets super excited when I come home from work or in the morning before breaky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Harmony View Post
    Hi Newfie, Sorry your pooch has kennel cough, but he will be back on top and ripping and roaring soon no doubt.

    In terms of keeping him active - stirring him up a lil bit, heaps of tummy rubs, kisses and blow farts (is that even a term?) all over their neck to get them excited. Raising their heart rate and making them move and motivated.

    Dunno about your facilities inside your home in terms of short runs, chases etc? Toys? Treat toys that won't mess up your place too much? I have always found that heaps of interactive attention to a pooch who is housebound is just as good as a walk. Not taking away from the value of their walk of course.

    Are you home or not? I guess that makes things a bit different?

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    Thanks Southern Harmony!

    George and I don't usually play much (a lot of play would require him to leave a 2 meter radius of me which he doesn't like doing!) and he doesn't chase things! But he plays with my partner a lot so I'll make sure they extend their play times!

    I find it difficult to find treat or treat toys that last him more than two minutes (even big raw hide bones)!

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    Ok so thats a no for kong then.
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    Whta's he normally do while you are at work, NN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Kong!
    It won't keep him busy all day, but it will chew up(haha, chew up) some time.
    You dag Myf

    But I would of suggested a Kong as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Whta's he normally do while you are at work, NN?
    Sorry DA, I thought I had replied to this but obviously not!

    I just started working full time last week! Before that I was studying so at home most days for all but a few hours. When I was at home, George would find a central spot in the house so if he chose to, he could keep an eye on me no matter where I was, but he would spend 95% of the time asleep. He seems to wake up for meal times and a little play (especially if my partner's around who will roughhouse play with him).

    So I assume while I'm at work he spends most of the day asleep too! Before he was diagnosed with kennel cough I was walking him 20 minutes before work and about 45 minutes after work.

    My house mate works shift work so is home a lot of the time when I'm not, and she'll let George into the house where he'll promptly lie down and go to sleep.

    It's now been a week without a walk (which is huge given he has had at least one walk a day since he was a pup) but he hasn't shown any particularly destructive behaviours- he just gets a little bit more excited when I get home!

    Love the Newf temperment- I couldn't handle a dog that needed constant playing- I go to my friend's house who has a staffy and I am absolutely exhausted after half an hour!

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    When Ziggy had to stay home after her surgery we gave her bones (among treat balls etc). We extended her area in the living room with towels and blankets so that she would eat the bone on there. She didn't get fresh bones (not inside) but these dried beef clod bones were great. Beef tendons kept her busy for 20-30 min. But these bones lasted for days.

    But we are lucky, Ziggy is very lazy and sleeps all day (sounds like George ). The evenings were tricky after one month not going for a walk... We eventually allowed her on the sofa to stop her from going crazy in the living room (which worked wonders )

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