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    Default Keeping GSD entertained throughout the day

    Today I woke up, gave the dogs their bones (they get one each every morning) and went and had a shower. Dried my hair and started to make my sandwich when I peeked out the window and I found my 7 month old GSD had DESTROYED a pillow that we had left outside in his kennel. Fluff was everywhere!!

    I have realised I need to keep him entertained during the day somehow, but I don't know how! The other 2 dogs are fine during the day, but the GSD needs some stimulation or he turns to destruction!

    Any ideas? He is left alone for most of the day and unfortunately cannot come inside the house.

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    Other members have had some really good suggestions like buying those kids shells and filling them full of sand then burying bones or toys in there to find. Rope and toys/food hanging from trees etc. Frozen bones last longer.
    KONG has a really good range of toys to keep dogs busy too. I used to have a nice big log of driftwood in the garden. Mojo has decided it's his and chews it every day. He can have it if it helps keep him away from my plants.
    Someone also mentioned a bubble machine......that would be a classic if ya dog chases bubbles.


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    My boy is the same. He is inside mostly though but if i have to leave him for longer than an hour, the back yard is in pieces. I've bought him a basket ball & a large heavy ball with a bell inside that has a roped attached. He throws them around the backyard with his mouth and chases them haha.

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    Do you have time to give him enough exercise to tire him out before you leave in the morning. If he retrieves then you do not need to take him for a walk, just throw a tennis ball for 10 minutes. If he does not retrieve start teaching him. Use a "flirt pole" and have him chase the toy you attach to the end of the line. If you get him really tired, a dog will often sleep for several hours.

    When he wakes up, stuffed and frozen kongs, rope toys tied to trees on a bungy, plastic water pipe, black flower pots, buried bones or other nice smelly treats, food dispensing toys, plastic milk and cool drink bottles - these are all things that will keep your pup occupied.

    Unfortunately, I believe the stuffing in soft toys and dogs beds has been treated by the manufacturers with a dog attractant because I do not know many owners who have not had to clear up that white stuffing at some stage.
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    I wake up, drag on some daggy tracky dacks and about three jumpers (it's cold wet and horrible at the moment) and if i want to go out and leave the dog home alone for the day, first, before I do anything else I take her for a very long walk. If she was a puppy, I'd do a few short walks or games and maybe do other stuff like get ready for my day inbetween - breakfast first, clean clothes last (cos who wants to go to work in an office covered in dog fur).

    For a 7 month old - I'd be looking to get about 35 to 40 minutes exercise happening before I left him alone with a valuable pillow or furniture.

    Some of the trouble is ripping the stuffing out of a toy or pillow is just the best fun ever. I dedicate a toy or cushion a few times a year for this. Last year's Christmas cards featured evil hound murdering a stuffed santa. 3 minutes of pure joy.

    So you might want to lock up the pillows and shoes and ugg boots for a while, like a year or more.

    check where 7 months is on the puppy development calendar - yes destructo puppy combined with easily traumatised...
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

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    I am so glad selective deafness is smack bang in the middle of Prince's age on the puppy development calendar. He has very selective hearing at the moment which was quite a rude shock to me since he was such a perfect pup up until 5 months!

    Thanks for the ideas guys, we have a kiddie clam that is empty at the moment due to the cold weather so I may buy some sand and see if I can get him digging around.

    Tiring him out is near impossible, but he has started to chase his frisbee properly so I can take him to the wetlands before work and give him a good hour of frisbee.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys, keep them coming. Also, does anyone know where the thread went recently that had similar ideas to this one?

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    it might be in the dog training section?

    Sometimes if the only thing you do is physical exercise like long walks or runs, all that happens is that you end up with a fitter dog that is harder to tire out...

    So sometime adding in a bit of trick training helps a lot. I know when I was studying for exams - I would eat several packets of crisps, and not gain any weight, something to do with the brain burning it all up. Ie mental exercise tires a dog out as much as running.

    Focus on the sort of training where the dog gets to figure out what they have to do to get the reward. Not the luring sort where the dog just follows your hand or treat.

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    Bury food treats in the sand pit for dog to dig up and find
    Fill other side of turtle shell with water, and put a really heavy marrow bone in bottom
    Hide a marrow bone in a tree
    Bury a marrow bone
    Fill a coke bottle with stock and freeze overnight, stab it with a fork and toss into the garden before you go
    "Hide" a few toys around the garden
    Give your dog the empty peanut butter jars to lick
    tie a tyre into the tree off the ground
    collect second hand supplies of basket balls, rugby balls, they take about a week to tear to pieces and cost as little as a dollar from op shops
    Buy a 'tug of war' rope and teach the other dog to play tug with the pup
    Buy a log large enough that he cant pick it up and teach him to roll it, my GSD does this when we are not here, go figure?
    Buy a feaux fur blanket for your dog. For both of mine, its the one fabric they love to lay on, but dont EVER chew. A warm dog is a sleepy dog
    Put your sprinkler on timer and allow access to play in the water
    Tie things into trees, so dog can get it without jumping off ground but needs to stand on hind legs

    be patient, all of this will stop once he's 3 lol but you'll be glad to hear his selective deafness, will spontaneously recover in 2 months with continued training on your part.

    Dont try to tire your GSD physically, you'll end up building up his fitness level way beyong your ability to keep up. Frisbee's are definately the way to go, but cut the mouth a LOT, a ball is better on his nice new teeth. But give mine a choice of frisbee and any other thing in the world, he'd chose frisbee.
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    MY Family bred GSD's and both my parents trained dogs for the Police and RAAF. My Dad always said, because of their intelligence (like most working dogs) it was important to give them jobs to do. This means training and fun training. Get the dog to do jobs for you. Make it very specific. I do the same with my newfie's as they are working dogs too. I get my dogs to carry stuff, to collect stuff and to do little jobs for me. this is all training and they love it. They love being busy. Their minds need occupying. Many dogs just left in the back yard get bored.

    You can play "hide and seek".......Tracking, by hiding toys and treats and getting them to find them. Snifferdog, by hiding one item under cups and asking the dog which one it is. teach the dog to walk over planks and do jumps. Start low and work to height

    I like really large sandpits and we do bury stuff in the pit and reward when they get the stuff..Some of it is kibble. There are numerous interactive toys nowadays.

    But I still like "work" for the working breeds.........I like training dogs to do things. this tires the brain and that makes a happier dog. Going for walks is all great, but it only makes for a fitter dog, so you will need to get rid of some of the mind energy
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    I mow the lawn: he drags the bags of grass to the bin for me.
    I start picking up stuff after my family, he'll copy and bring things to me, so i let him finish the job, he generally just piles it up by the kitchen entrance.
    The rabbits need culling, he's yer man, this can take a couple of hours each day, as he's crap at the catching part
    There is a lawnmower to kill, he's yer man, this can take months during summer season
    Today, we have under the deck to clear, his job is to eat the crawlies before they get to me
    If i give him a black bin liner with rubbish in it, he takes it to the bin, but only if its in a black bin liner
    Got new black trousers for work that need ruining? he's happy to help with that, will studiously cover them in hair and slobber in the 2 sec dash to the car from my bedroom!

    And bless the Bogan Moth. Its his job to kill all the bogans that come to us at night. Im lovin this! As a pohm, bogans are seemingly mice with wings to me! uggh.


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