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    Our 7.5 month old CKCS X is a bit of an escape artist.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Our 7.5 month old CKCS X is a bit of an escape artist.

    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?
    S: When she gets out, where does she go?

    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.
    S: It sounds like she has lots of things to play with and do and she isnt alone too much.

    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.
    S: Sometimes a dog can need more physical exercise than we can supply for a number of reasons, some ideas are to: -

    Exercise your dog by training a good sit stay, walking off at your own pace and then recall her.

    Use a Dog Frisbee, having her do all the work by running after it and retrieving it can be a lot of work for her, not so much for you.

    Train complex tricks that exercise her mind rather than her body, as her fitness may be increasing faster than yours.

    A dog walker is an option that a lot of people up take, Doggy Daycare is another where they can exercise your dog for you in a safe environment.

    Consider a dog sport like Lure Couring etc, flyball, tehse dont require much in the way of our fitness but sure do require a lot from the dogs.

    All in all, the number one goal is to make sure that she cant escape, each time she does there is a risk that something could happen to her.

    Let me know your thoughts
    Steve Courtney, K9 Pro - The K9 Professionals

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    I don't know exactly where she goes but I suspect she goes EXPLORING!!!

    We live in a new estate. The streets are literally still being built so we are lucky that it is quiet and the only traffic we get is local traffic. But I suspect she goes off sniffing in differnt yards etc. She is crashed out at my feet as I type. So I'm guessing she has well and truly worn herself out!

    I will try all your suggestions and they are really helpful! I guess now she has the basics of training down I haven't been focusing on that but I will start up again working on recall and stay!

    She has rope toys that she LOVES "fetching" although sometimes the fetch part is a bit hit and miss! So will continue with that! Will also look into the dog sports you suggested.

    I have looked into Daycare but am yet to find one close to me which is hard! Will look into the dog walking too. And will keep checking the yard each day to ensure she hasn't found another escape route!

    Thanks Steve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    I don't know exactly where she goes but I suspect she goes EXPLORING!!!
    S: Ok then this means she may be a little understimulated.

    I will try all your suggestions and they are really helpful! I guess now she has the basics of training down I haven't been focusing on that but I will start up again working on recall and stay!
    S: No worries, try my TOT program if you need help, its easy, it works and its fun.

    She has rope toys that she LOVES "fetching" although sometimes the fetch part is a bit hit and miss! So will continue with that! Will also look into the dog sports you suggested.
    S: with the fetch, if you have no competition aspirations, try using two toys in which you will only throw toy two if she brings toy one all the way back. Once in place it will continue.

    You can also swap toy one for food, then throw toy one again, this work well too.

    I have looked into Daycare but am yet to find one close to me which is hard! Will look into the dog walking too. And will keep checking the yard each day to ensure she hasn't found another escape route!

    S: Often if you have a new colourbond style fence, they dig in the fresh dirt, a quick easy way to stop this is buy some treated pine flat long peices of timber, like 120mm wide x 19mm thick and lay them between the posts, secure at either end, stops the digging and eventually the grass grows over and they disapear.

    Not sure where you are, if you need a daycare I know a few, or someone else here may know one too, or a dog walker...

    S
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