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    Lightbulb A Few Questions Re: Enrichment & Runs/enclosures

    Hi All,

    Just wanted to ask two questions...

    First being - Enrichment Ideas! I need ideas to keep two bored staffies entertained while my partner and I are at work - I will be buying some Kongs today from USA (cheaper than buying them here ) but last time they had them, it wasn't enough!

    Second - Enclosures and Runs

    I finally came to the end of my tether yesterday when Harley (who has never escaped ever before) and Bella some how got out. They were nearly hit by a car and Harley tried to maul a neighbours dog through a fence (Harley is dog aggressive) - Makes for a very angry neighbour .

    Since we have done everything bar get a new fence and it doesn't seem to work, I have put them in a run. A member in my family breeds beagles so had a whole mess of left over panelling systems and we have gotten some of them... now what I want to know is what sizes other people have? at the moment it is only small 3 x 3ish (could only fit so much on a ute) but we can grab as much as we want of the fencing etc. They will be spending most of the time in there (from around 8.30 to 5.30 Monday to Friday) and I want them to be comfortable enough. Any advice/tips would be fantastic!

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    Kongs are great enrichment toys. I like freezing treats in there for summer. Keeps him busy for much longer when they are like iceblocks!

    I hide treats all over the yard. Swap his toys out daily.

    Give him a bone once a week (chewing really keeps him busy).

    I have heard the toys on aussiedog.com.au are great but haven’t used them myself.

    Another friend of mine has a one of those clam shaped kids pools. He has sand in one side (and hides treats – note don’t try this if you have a problem digger may encourage the problem) and in the other side he has water. While the water might seem boring on hot days he puts a tin of stinky fish in there (for example sardines) and the dogs just love it!

    If you worry about your dogs being really bored you can also explore the option of having a dog walker visit your house. I get this for Johnny because I can work quite long hours sometimes.

    I am interested to keep an eye on this thread. Would love to pick up some new ideas for Johnny too!

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    Hi jadielee, The dogs yard I built up north consisted of 100mill round posts with 100m of mesh with some left over giving a total yard space of 400 metres square that is 20x20. this is a dog yard not a run though. Kennels were inside the yard.

    The 3x3 you have gives a total 9 metres square, my tips on the run is have it lidded if they are climbers, if you do not want a lidded run then rolling battens affixed to the top of the fence 100 mills in. This can be as simple or elaborate as you like, simple would be polly pipe with fencing wire strung through it, elaborate would be custom made rollers using roller blade wheels as the turning points.

    As for boredom busters, kongs, a staffy ball, maybe even one of those Home alone tug toys for entertainment, might be a tight fit in a 3x3 run though.

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    I just bought one of these and the quality seems excellent, firm and strong and so much cheaper than the real kongs. Super Tough Chew Medium (Oz Seller Not China/Hong Kong) | eBay

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    My old Ridgeback loved a unwashed milk botlle with a few treats in it and lid done up tight. He would chew the top of eventually, eat the treats and then spend ages trying to lick the little bit of milk of the inside. Only lasted a day but jee it kept him amused.

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    I was going to suggest bones but that could prove a bit of a mistake if Harley is DA. Not sure how that would work with toys either if he suddenly decided he wanted hers. So as to size I would say definately big enough that they can get out from under each others paws if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My old Ridgeback loved a unwashed milk botlle with a few treats in it and lid done up tight. He would chew the top of eventually, eat the treats and then spend ages trying to lick the little bit of milk of the inside. Only lasted a day but jee it kept him amused.
    I do this sometimes with milk/juice bottles (actually left some today for them filled with biscuits to eat) Bella seems to love it and then goes silly playing with the bottle after!

    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    I was going to suggest bones but that could prove a bit of a mistake if Harley is DA. Not sure how that would work with toys either if he suddenly decided he wanted hers. So as to size I would say definately big enough that they can get out from under each others paws if needed.
    Harley's dog aggression is odd, he doesn't show any aggression towards Bella at all (only really with bones or yum food, but he has never attacked her), but with other dogs he goes a bit mental. I wouldn't leave a bone with them in the run though, at least not until we make it bigger where they can get away from each other!

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Hi jadielee, The dogs yard I built up north consisted of 100mill round posts with 100m of mesh with some left over giving a total yard space of 400 metres square that is 20x20. this is a dog yard not a run though. Kennels were inside the yard.

    The 3x3 you have gives a total 9 metres square, my tips on the run is have it lidded if they are climbers, if you do not want a lidded run then rolling battens affixed to the top of the fence 100 mills in. This can be as simple or elaborate as you like, simple would be polly pipe with fencing wire strung through it, elaborate would be custom made rollers using roller blade wheels as the turning points.

    As for boredom busters, kongs, a staffy ball, maybe even one of those Home alone tug toys for entertainment, might be a tight fit in a 3x3 run though.
    How tall are the sides Beau? The ones we have a 6ft, I think once we have a chance to extend it, we will put a top on at least half for some shelter - at the moment there is a tarp and then the kennel. But its really just a makeshift run until next weekend when we have more time.

    @ michelle89, the aussie dog toys site looks great, they are a bit excy though , I will try the ice blocks! They sound great!

    Thanks everyone thats commented so far

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    I got Banjo a treat ball too. It has like a maze inside, so they have to roll it around quite a bit to get the treats to fall out.

    I saw some pretty cool enrichment toys at the shops too. Real brain teasers. I think they were this brand: Nina Ottosson Dog Cat Tornado - Interactive Dog & Cat Toys - Oz Pet Shop There are a few on that website. I can imagine not all dogs would take to that though. My dog actually doesn't seem overly interested in any of her enrichment toys so far. One filled kong lasts her for days. She seems to be happy chewing bones (and burying them and digging them up!) and rawhide chews. And chasing birds probably.

    If you can afford it, a dog walker would be great of course. But not many of us can.

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    We have a very large dog run with a room attached........12'x12' room with a 16x12' run attached. 7' high chain-link. Half sand (sand pit) and the rest grass. Our run has a deciduous tree, cool in Summer warm in Winter. we have a pet pool in Summer and several hammock beds. When we used to use the run for Katy as a puppy and the other dogs, we would hang milk bottles out of the tree. Bury dog biscuits (small) in the large sandpit and fill the pet pool every day. We also had quite a few different toys in there, which we swapped around. We were able to feed our bones. We never had any issues. We now leave the tribe in the house on average days and only leave them in the run on hot days, so they can have the pool.
    Pets are forever

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    Old coke bottle filled with meat stock, frozen and left in garden to find.
    A tree to climb, essential for my cat x GSD (go figure?)
    bones hidden in garden
    kibble hid in dirt box
    another dog next door
    another dog at your home during the day. Borrow a relatives
    water pool
    old tree trunks with treats in them
    Frozen bones/treats in large blocks of ice (ice cream tubs work well)
    bubble blowing machines on timers

    And most entertaining of all for my dogs. A alcoholic lady neighbour, who stumbles onto a step to abuse them over the fence daily. They love her visits more than i do though.

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