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    Question Need Dog Entertainment Ideas

    Hi All, I'm after some advice if possible...

    I have a 2 year old female Bichon Frise and a 3 year old male (desexed) shitzu x dachshund x terrier and I want some ideas on what I can give them to entertain them. They both have very mellow personalities and although they're not displaying any typical "bored" behaviours (they're not destroying anything or anything like that) I still feel they could do with a bit of stimulation.

    Neither of them are interested in chew toys or tug-o-war, especially the bichon, or anything like that... the thing that excites them more than anything is seeing me pick up their lead. Having said that I'm 40 weeks pregnant so can't walk them as much as usual.

    Can anyone offer me some tips on what I can give them in the short term to make them a bit less bored looking?

    Thanks in advance

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    Its hard if its walking/exercise that stimulates them and you are unable to provide that.

    Are they motivated by food at all?
    If so ,have you tried Kongs and similar? Try putting a yummy treat in to make it worth thier while to 'worry' the Kong.

    Do you have friends or family that could perhaps walk them for you?
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    I agree with walking and excercising. I feel some people should have their dogs at obedience and agility. That will stimulate them and keep their brains active. If these are outside dogs, they do tend to get bored as many people just leave them there without playing to entertain them.

    My dog is inside.

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    My BC Loki is fascinated by the clothesline, she'll sit under there all day waiting for it to move. (I think I mentioned in another thread that she was a strange dog, lol.) Kongs are very good and motivational, all that hard work with a reward at the end.

    Do your dogs like water? If you have a wading pool or something like that you could freeze some mince balls in icecubes and throw them in the pool, that way your dog is using it's brain, playing, keeping cool and gets a reward at the end!

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    have you got a treadmill Ive seen the dog whisperer get dogs to walk on them?

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    I would warn against treadmills unless they are proper dog treadmills. Too much chance of a dog being hurt on a human one

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    What about a few short bursts of training? Maybe one at a time, for 5- 10mins (not too long as they cannot concentrate and you want to make it fun) with plenty of positive reinforcement a couple times a day.

    I'm a horse girl, and I know they're different, but famous trainer Pat Parelli always talks about 'playing' with, rather than 'training' horses, so their mind is engaged and your building the horse-animal bond.

    Maybe try to teach them some new tricks!

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