This morning I took Saana out and before I gave her breakfast I set up a blanket pile in the bathroom for her to sniff in while I was in the shower. She is normally white with brown spots. Well she sniffed so hard her skin turned pink. It was hysterical. After that I put her on a treadmill for a while. Then I brought her back to her crate.
The older one was finishing with his blanket pile in the living room and she could have cared less. She just went to her crate, ate her breakfast and fell asleep. I guess the key is to get the exercise in before breakfast. She goes right to sleep after that. I also think that she was willing to do the treadmill because she got so hyped up over the blanket pile.
The older one went to his crate all by himself when he was done with his pile so that was great! I felt much better leaving for the day. A rainy day again so no walk.
When I got home I put the little one on a treadmill and set up another pile for the older one. Then I went downstairs and cleaned enough of the basement to have a loop.
I realized I had a bunch of stuff to make an obstacle course so I set up the following:
two seats we took out of the back of our minivan (jump from one to the next)
an old shower chair (run under)
small trampoline (jump up on it and sit)
old dog bed (down)
small wooden chest (jump up and sit)
folding table-I put a wacky noodle across the leg supports and they have to go under it.
ab exerciser-jump through
a walker- I cut up an old grill cover in strips and hung them on the connecting bar
I only had time tonight to take Chili down. He LOVED it. I can't remember him having so much fun in a long time. I guess it's one of those things you have right under your nose and can't see it.
I have a bunch of other ideas for downstairs now that I have seen what else is there. Can a dog learn to jump up and down on a trampoline safely?
I also thought of them learning to push a large therapy ball (we got 2).
It still was not enough exercise and they barked but I feel like we made a lot of progress by just having the setup downstairs so we can go there anytime weather is not cooperating.
Also what do you guys think of a bubble machine? Now that I cleaned up downstairs (sort of, anyways) I would have place for it. They even make bubbles with chicken flavor for dogs. Has anyone tried that?
Tammy, I described the reasons why I don't take them out when the weather is bad earlier in the thread. Also they both have problems with their knees so going out always means putting clothes on which means manipulating their legs into the outfit. It has to be done because they are hairless, I just feel the less I have to meddle with their knees the better.
thanks so much for the ideas! We were doing pretty well towards the end of the summer while I was still home. Then school started and it all went down the hill. The summer schedule was simply not sustainable with different time demands and weather changes.
We are definitely not where we need to be but it is better already. My husband loves the finding games and is able to do them so that is huge! I will try the boxes tomorrow.
OK it has been four times that our new dog trainer came. As I said before he is a graduate of Tom Rose. Since then I have two dogs doing great on their walk, walking right next to me with their ears back, it's beautiful. At home they are much better with barking and it has improved even in the car.
I posted earlier about them whining before feeding. This trainer actually said that the older one shows fear when waiting for his food (who would have ever known?!?!?!) I was certainly not going to be able to recognize that or deal with it. So that is better now.
Yesterday all of us went for a walk with his dog, Argentinian Mastiff. My dogs did great! It was like someone exchanged them. Before they would have had an uncontrolable fit.
He has been very good with my husband and actually understands people with disabilities. He has been able to affirm him and teach him. Before my husband was unknowingly undoing everything that I did so that was one of the reasons why we were doing so awful.
The dog trainer told me yesterday that he was probably moving to California. I am ready to cry.
Konnie, I am very glad too. I knew that there were a bunch of issues that were not going to get resolved unless someone knowledgeable actually came into the house and saw what was going on. The problem was finding that someone. If he leaves for California I will do the online Triple Crown Academy. I can't be without a trainer.
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