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    Default Oh Poppy!!!

    Posting here too as I want members opinions/ideas too!

    Poppy is a bit of an escape artist and I have posted about this before. I have JUST got home from work and as I drove up our little street I see her sniffing over the road in someone elses front (un-fenced) yard. She saw my car and bolted for it. I slowed RIGHT down, opened my door and she jumped in! I was shocked and scared that she was out and that she ran for the car! I couldnt help but think the worse!

    We thought we had found all the gaps in our fence and blocked them and I *think* after today we REALLY have but I'm after some ideas to keep her entertained while we are at work?

    My fiance and I are at home 3 to 4 days a week with her so she is not home alone 5 days a week! I have got her a variety of toys and I know she plays with them. I also have a kong (although think I need to invest in a bigger one as she still has a puppy one) and give her raw hide bones and fresh bones.

    I really struggle with exercising her. I don't have the physical fitness to walk her for very long but try and take her to the dog park and play in the yard with her as often as I can. I am working on MY fitness and hope to be able to walk her more often in the months to come. A BIG part of my hesitation to walk her is my own self confidence.

    Should I be investigating paying someone to walk her a few times a week? Help!

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    You admit she isn't being sufficiently exercised which I know from experience is why she is trying to stimulate her mind by escaping and wandering. Roly was a major Houdini whenever he was energetic and bored.
    When I was a teenager, I did dog walking, $10 for an hour, but for a Cavvie, honestly, a 10 minute walk around the block with suffice.

    The last option is tying her up. Its better then risking her being attacked by a dog, taken to the pound or hit by a car.
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    I use a treadmill to help me exercise high energy dogs, I find that a normal walk just isnt enough for some dogs, so I then put them on the treadmill, it takes some time to get them use to it, but once they are they love it... and all get excited when it's brought out... with mine I can vary the speed so that they are getting a reasonable workout...

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    treadmills are good if you can get them to use it

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    LOL Kimba, when we had our treadmill, as soon as we got on it our chihuahua foxie would jump right on! She loved it.

    I think exercise is a massive part of it. Roxie is intolerable if she doesn't get a walk, she gets destructive.

    I don't think getting someone in is a bad idea.

    Or maybe take her to the park and use one of those throwing things? http://www.thepetextraordinarium.co..../ballistic.jpg

    That way, all you need to do is get to the park (or somewhere safe, I use mine in the street with Rox sometimes) and then stand there and let Poppy do all the work!

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    If you actually walking her is an issue, try some games like fetch. It took leo a while to get it but now he is a pro.

    just something to tire her mind and body slightly.

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    Some days I struggle with the walking bit, so we definitely play fetch...good exercise and training at the same time

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    Thanks guys! We have been doing fetch and she sometimes gets the idea!

    Other times she just charges down to get the rope or ball then comes racing back without it!

    I've also got her some raw hide bones which she LOVES chewing on and will be buying some brisket bones with the groceries today.

    I have yet to find a dog walker where I am but will keep looking for one that comes to me!

    Will also keep looking for doggy daycare. I think she would LOVE that and would sleep the whole next day so that would be 2 days of her entertained! Lol!

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    You said she doesn't need a long walk- can you get up half and hour earlier and take her for a 20 minute walk every day before work? That way she is tired during the day. Does she have a kong, they make a small dog version.

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