A Day in The Life of My Crazy Dogs

Some of My Crazy Kids

People always wonder how I do it.

I admit sometimes I think I should be committed for having 2 Dutch Shepherds and a Belgian Malinois… for those of you that know working dogs that is serious dedication because both breeds are known for being insane.

I have a friend in the military that always reminds me how crazy that is, and he has been a K9 trainer and supervisor for 10+ years.

He reminds me that I seemingly asked for it.

Not all dogs are couch potatoes, actually most are not and they need real exercise for more on that click here.  Dogs are born athletes.

So here is the rundown of what goes down in my pack during the day, and how I stay “sane” in a furry realm of what should be insanity.

My husband’s alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning… as you might imagine, this excites the dogs.  So I get up, let them out to play and get my husband’s coffee and lunch ready for the day.

Thank goodness, they are then in the habit of going back to bed.  They get a dog biscuit for either meeting me in the bedroom, or racing to their crates.  Since my husband has gotten up and gone to work, they often snuggle in the bed with me until we all drift off again.  YES, I let my dogs (2 of them) sleep with me more on that and why click here

My Pedal Cart for Pulling to the Lake. They like it so Much They are WAITING to be strapped in!

I get up at 8:30 or so we snuggle for a bit still in bed before I get up and I let them out again and they typically get a free meal.  I will explain “free vs. working” in a bit.

I hang out with them for about an hour as I get to shuffle around and wake myself up.  Lately I have suffered from insomnia so it has been difficult for me to get my day started plus it gives their bodies a chance to digest some food.

I don’t want to feed them and then exercise them to the hilt for fear of a deadly condition called bloat to learn more about bloat click here.

I then either take them outside and do obedience, one at a time (the other’s wait it out in their crates) or I pedal cart them 5 miles to the lake and back more on that here.

Once we get to the lake, I let them swim, or retrieve, or dock dive into the lake.

In order to get to play in the lake, they must be able to perform a number of obedience commands.   For example if you sit, or lie down, I will throw your ball into the lake.  I also have them bark, or be quiet or heel for a few moments or give me eye contact.

I call her Air Fur in This Photo

You See Dogs Need Physical Exercise AND Mental Stimulation!!!

As a good dog owner and momma, it is imperative that I provide them with both physical and mental stimulation it is critical to their over-all wellbeing.

Even old dogs or dogs with arthritis need both mental and safe physical stimulation like walking or swimming.

I just happen to have 3 very young dogs that need lots of exercise.

After a good swim and run, my dogs sleep till afternoon.  This allows me to get my work done, clean house, do laundry or leave for several hours without worrying about them getting into trouble or restlessly lying awake or barking in their crates.

Late afternoon brings a game of ball and retrieve in the yard.

Sometimes I allow them to play together and whoever listens to the command first gets the ball, and sometimes I work or play with them solo; this brings on another nap session.

I Make Them Work for Their Dinner

I don’t just throw food in their bowls for dinner.  I actually make them work for their kibble.

I put their measured out dog food into my fanny pack and we head outside for training.  Read this article.

Each of my dogs is working on something different in their training regimen.

  • My girl is learning agility.
  • My almost 2 year old boy is learning weight pulling.
  • And my pup is just learning to listen to basic obedience and be less like an annoying puppy, ha ha.

On the weekend we typically drive for specialized training, participate in obedience or dock diving competitions or do some heavy hiking and Geocaching (for more on how to do that click here https://thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/geocaching-dogs-unite-2/)!

In order for us all to be happy, they need obedience training and almost constant stimulation while they are awake.  That is why I strive to have them sleep more, when they are asleep they aren’t chasing the cat or eating my stuff!

And, the more quality time we spend together, the more we all build a bond and enjoy one another.

In some ways it doesn’t matter whether you are playing games, teaching tricks, learning a new skill like agility or just working on the basics all of this kind of stimulation teaches your dog to listen to you and builds a better best friend!  All good relationships need time and work!

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Comments

  1. Sara K. says:

    Hello, I have a little crazy hyper beastie as well. She is a 1 1/2 year old shetlie. I have problems with her energy levels because whenever I take her for walks she pulls like crazy and I have tried every obedience trick in the book to get her to stop doing this. she won’t respond to treats outdoors because her mind is in frantic mode because she is terrified of cars. I swear this dog actually has panic attacks. I literally have to carry her back home if she gets too scared of the cars for fear that her pulling is gonna hurt her throat. I know this is only making things worse by doing that, but I’d rather not have her get injured. I’d let her out in the yard to play but she just stands at the back fence and barks at the neighbor’s yard…hence making for angry neighbors. we have taken obedience lessons, but I can’t afford the 100 dollars to keep up with the classes. She does have her calm moments like she will fall asleep with me on the couch when watching tv when its just me and her, but as soon as my husband comes home its total anarchy.

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    Minette Reply:

    You are not laying the right foundation of leash training if she is still pulling.

    My dogs pull (on harnesses) when they exercise, but when we are doing obedience they must give me focus and eye contact.

    Use the search box to the right and search leash manners and go back and firm her foundation.

    As far as picking her up; you are rewarding her for being scared. Instead, give her that training foundation and then go out and desensitize her to traffic.

    But find a way to exercise her, she isn’t going to do it herself, so teach her to retrieve or swim or go hiking on trails or something so that she is getting the exercise she needs.

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    Christine Pielenz Reply:

    I would add that there is no way in the world that your dog could learn anything when in a state of nervous breakdown. Her brain, when frantic, is completely taken over by the “reptilian” part of it; this means she is literally physically incapable of learning at that moment, because all her brain can think of is survival. She’ll never learn to leash walk properly in a (to her) frightening environment. What I’d suggest is for the next few weeks to take her to walk ONLY in a place or area where she’ll feel safe and she can RELAX. (If it means having to take her in a car to get to some quiet area, that’s what you’ll have to do to help her through this.) Then you can start working on proper manners. Once those manners seem well established (still in a place with no or little distraction), you can gradually take her to places with slightly more distractions. Whenever she starts getting overwhelmed and appears to be shutting down, go straight back to less frightening situations that you know work for her and start over.

    There are also medications for dogs but I would only use this as a last resort and only to help her through the retraining phase.

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    lauren Reply:

    Thanks so much for a great article. I have a 8 month old German Shepherd and he requires a lot of physical and mental stimulation as well. Unfortunately I am partially handicapped so I cannot run with him, but I do play ball several times a day, and do obedience. lauren

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    Sidney Reply:

    Hi Sara, in regards to hurting your dogs neck I had a problem when other dogs came too close to my dog she will lunge at them and I was afraid of hurting her neck with a collar so I tried a harness it works fine for me I am still able to control her and if I have to pull her away from a bad situation I can without hurting her

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    Minette Reply:

    I would recommend the Premier anti-pull harness that attaches in the front with a D-ring 🙂 Since most harnesses can encourage pulling!

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    Sidney Reply:

    Thank you for that Minette,I will try the harness Can you give me a web site where I can get one as I am in Australia and no doubt I will have to get it from America.Thank you

    Minette Reply:

    I have never been to Australia but I certainly hope to make it some day!! I would just check your local pet store, it doesn’t have to be fancy just a regular dog harness is all you need.

    But here is a semi fancy one http://www.wag.com/dog/p/puppia-authentic-soft-dog-harness-189677?site=CA&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc_W&utm_term=QYO-002&utm_campaign=GooglePLA&CAWELAID=1323899551&utm_content=pla&ca_sku=QYO-002&ca_gpa=pla&ca_kw={keyword}

  2. Llynn byrne says:

    You’re doggie regime may work for you but most people don’t have the luxury of staying home being a pet trainer/mommy. We work. We go to school. We have dogs that are more friends than obedient servants doing tricks for food. I find this entire article classist, and disrespectful of pet owners who don’t have the time or resources this person has. I believe in taking or making time to exercise my 1 year old lab/ border collie because I know it’s what he needs and I recognize the benefits for both of us and for our relationship. I love my dog Bear and I feed him when he’s hungry. He’s never been denied food if he couldn’t perform and I don’t recommend anyone making a dog or any animal work for a meal. Although I subscribe to this website and usually appreciate the tips, I believe this article should be stricken from the site. Sorry Chet but its offensive from my perspective.

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    Minette Reply:

    You are right, I am lucky to have time to spend with my critters all day.

    All dogs need exercise, when I was a vet tech it was in the morning before work and after work.

    I don’t just throw my dog’s food in a bowl, I spend time with them and play their favorite games while they eat.

    My dogs much prefer training and working for their food than just eating from a sterile bowl. And they are certainly not starving!

    From my article on working for their food:

    “A lot of times I hear people gasp when I recommend this, like working for his or her food is a despicable idea! And, I tell my clients it’s like taking your kid to dinner and enjoying his or her company versus tossing his bowl on the table and making him eat alone.

    Really how often do you “interact” with your dog while he is eating? Most of the time the bowl barely touches the floor before the food is gobbled up and gone, ready to be filled yet again at another meal time.

    If you work with your dog while you feed him his meal, you are actually interacting with him and that lessens the treats and fatty foods you are giving him while you train.

    As long as you are using positive reinforcement, games, drive and fun this is a win-win situation whether you have a Lab puppy, a German Shepherd puppy or a Golden puppy!

    I almost always recommend this type of training if you have a dog that is food aggressive, because this gives you all the control and makes your dog realize that food actually comes from YOU and so he should listen to you and respect you.”

    They are happy, well-adjusted content pets and working dogs.

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    Trish Brunton Reply:

    I had never considered working for their meals. I often have thought this was a time that as a family we should socialize not just “gobble up”! I am going to try incorporating this into our evening meal. I think my dogs would enjoy interaction. They always love any other time I spend with them having my undivided attention. Thanks, Trish

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    Minette Reply:

    And, I don’t have them work for EVERY kibble…. They mostly work for jack pots or a whole handful, which is very rewarding and solidifies whatever we are working on.

    I can tell you on the nights I don’t put their food in my fanny pack and grab a leash… they pout, they miss the one on one time and bonding that we get when we work together!

    Try it, its super fun!

    SniffSquad Reply:

    Wow, that’s unfortunate that someone would think this article is offensive. I think this article is actually chock-full of great ideas!

    I work as a trainer, and have days with very long hours. I also have a GSD/Vizsla mix who is SUPER high energy. It requires me to create a schedule that gives him enough physical and mental stimulation to satisfy his needs. He’s a great dog, but would certainly get himself into big trouble if I didn’t give him things to keep him busy. He gets a 20 minute session in the morning of ball play in the yard. Incorporated into the high impact session are sits, downs and stays in between ball tosses. (Working on his mental and physical at the same time.) After that, I take a shower to let him chill down and then he gets breakfast, a potty break and I’m off to work! When I get home we do a similar play session, maybe some more serious obedience training or trick training, dinner, then some cuddling on the couch and watching our favorite TV programs. It doesn’t require being a stay-at-home person… just prioritize your time with your dog!

    And “working” for dinner? That’s not cruel at all!! My Lab is a chow hound, and he has to work for many of his meals since he’s a search dog. He LOVES it! Everything is a game for him, and he thinks it’s even awesome-er if he’s rewarded with his favorite thing for doing what I ask – FOOD!!!! 😉

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    Minette Reply:

    Thanx Sniff Squad 🙂 I am glad I am not the only one 😀

    My dogs are super happy to work anytime I ask!

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    Pamela Reply:

    I have been looking for help with multiple dogs. I have 3 GSD. My 19 month old black female a 4 month male and a 5 year old. Starting the day is always a challenge. who get’s what and who is first. I agree training one at a time is best and how using two at the same time can work for some competition. Mostly it is setting a schedule and following it.Working for food is easy for one but do you do that individually or have all 3 Do you have more articles on this? Thanks

    Minette Reply:

    did you read this one? I run them all together but I train them individually

  3. Nicole Davis says:

    I have what was supposed to be a chiuaua mix when I got him from the human society. Now he looks more like a min pin. I can not stop his chewing. I have a crate and have bought several mussels and he chews them up. He is the most stubborn dog I have ever had. He pulls on his leash and if the door gets open by my son he bolts out and runs around. When you go near him to catch him he runs away and will not listen to commands such as, no or come. I have to get a treat to get him to come to me and then I reward bad behavior. My husband is fed up. What can I do???

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    Minette Reply:

    He needs real obedience training where you teach him to listen to you!

    Check out our puppy programming http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/PuppyProgramming

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  4. Pat says:

    I have a crazy collie and a 15 year old collie/retriever cross. Exercising can be difficult when you have two dogs of different ages and with very different energy levels. In the morning I take both dogs for a short walk. Jamie can’t manage longer walks any more and he potters along at his own speed.
    When we get home they rest for a short time and then I take Sasha for a much longer walk. By the time we get back Jamie’s feeling hard done by because Sasha’s been out again and he hasn’t so off we go again with Jamie. I do agility training with Sasha and also rally obedience. We also have a large gym ball which both dogs are learning to herd. The vet says it’s important for Jamie to keep up his agility, even if it’s only a few poles on the ground and the odd weave and tunnel. He also does some obedience.
    Indoors, the dogs have little jobs to do such as fetching the mail and carrying things around the house for me. It’s just about enough exercise for the dogs but I’m knackered!

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  5. Charlie says:

    This all seems like very helpful info for full grown dogs. I’ve got a 7 month old Lab named Lucy. I haven’t been able to get too much info on puppy excersise. I do know they shouldn’t be pushed and to take it easy and avoid excessive jumping. On top of that,she has an occasional clicking in her hips. Naturally, I’m concerned this is an early sign of HD but the breeder said this is normal for a pup of her age. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain and she loves to play. I’ll be taking her to the vet in a few weeks to get her fixed so I’ll have her hips checked at the same time.

    Back to puppy excersise, any rules of thumb on how much to excersise a puppy?

    Thanks in advance.

    Charlie

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    Minette Reply:

    YES, keep your eyes out for my upcoming article on how to exercise your puppy!!!

    I have a wild 7 month old as well.

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  6. Vanessa says:

    Hey, thanks for the wonderful insight on your daily routines:-) This information is “golden”!! Have a great day!!

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  7. Terry says:

    I’m recently retired and have a year old Dutch Shepherd. I have the time for fun. training and exercise with Sammie, but the jogging days are over. She loves swimming in the summer, but living in NY, we have a short summer. The pedal cart is a wonderful idea. How fun! Found it on the Tractor Supply web site. My neighbor is a welder so hooking up the harness will not be a problem. Where do I find the harness to fit Sammie? With only one dog, where is the best place to hook up to the cart? Will need to use the gentle lead to keep her fosced. Enjoy your traing tips and I learn something every time I read your articles. Thank you and keep them coming 🙂

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    Minette Reply:

    I am glad I won’t be the only one pedaling around for fun!!

    Yes tractor supply! Then I would say just use a regular harness you can get at Wal-mart and attach some clips (like a carabiner) to that and a chain that will attach to your handles.

    I would put just one dog on my right so that they are away from the traffic and in the grass if you need!

    I bet she will adjust to a gentle leader in no time. I use a leash and collar or gentle leader as reins 🙂

    So much fun you are going to be an addict like me 😀 Post pictures for me on FB!!! Can’t wait to see it!

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  8. Muffy says:

    I have a rescued Black Lab retriever. She is not 2 years old and is very lean and healthy BUT very energetic. I walk her 1 mile on a leash in the morning and THEN hit tennis balls with a recquet for 15 minutes into a field. She runs full speed to fetch and return the ball to my feet. We do not have a fenced yard and live in the country so I take her in the care, which she LOVES, and we drive to where she can run.

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  9. Hal Wrobel says:

    Hi Minette,

    I hope you don’t mind if I bother you with serious questionl I have just retired from full-time work. I’m 67 and because of years of long work days in hi-tech I haven’t owned a dogs, mostly mixed breeds and mutts, for a long time. I love dogs, relate well with them, but I’m a bit more sedentary these days. My activity level these days is mostly reading and sitting at the computer with part-time work. I do take training every other day, sometime every day, intervalling between jogging nd wlking for about an hour. Besides that most of the everyday life is What kind of dog would youthink most suitable for me.
    Adult kids come to visit on weekends; visits from small kids are few and far between, since our grandchildren live far away. Does this give you any ideas about what kinds of dogs that would suit us most?

    Thanks a lot!
    Looking forward to your reply!

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    Minette Reply:

    I would get a Greyhound!!! Great for exercise when you want it, don’t usually pull on leash, and will sleep on the couch next to you for days at a time if you desire!

    Find a Greyhound rescue in your area and go meet some!

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    Christine Pielenz Reply:

    I’m a Greyhound owner and I can only confirm what Minette said. Mine is now 6, we’ve had him for 3 years, and while he loves to walk/jog with me ca 2 miles in the morning and 1-2 miles mid day (sometimes less), he’d also be fine with just walking. And then he’s out cold the rest of the day save for 2 short potty walks in the late afternoon and at 9pm. Different Greyhound individuals have somewhat different energy needs, but mine is in the common range and you’d be sure to find an even mellower one than mine, just ask the shelter to match you with one.

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    Hal Wrobel Reply:

    Thanks to both of you for the great recommendation. A greyhound would never have occurred to me.

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  10. Lynn Gottlieb says:

    I have a 15 month old Bordie collie. His name is Scooter. He is,needless to say full of energy. In the Am, after being let out to do his business, we go for about 1/2 mile walk. After that he has his breakfast

    Around noon or so( if not raining) I take him to a dog park and he plays for about an hour. If raining or has been and the park is too messy I take him to a field and he chases the ball for about 1/2 an hour.

    Later, we go for a walk around here and then home for his dinner.Sometimes even a short jaunt before bedtime.

    A little background: Scooter is a rescue and was adopted by a group called Project Pooch. To condense: he was trained by young men in a facility for those that had gotten in trouble with society. Before Scooter could be adopted he had to pass 10 tests. Needless, to say he is most obeident, but nevertheless we practice commands frequently

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    Minette Reply:

    Good for you!!

    That’s my kinda day!!

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  11. daniel alfieri says:

    Well, this article and the corresponding replies and the replies to the replies, sure do remind me how much of a slacker i really am as a dog owner. Mostly i have focussed on Ponyo’s basic needs, food and washroom breaks. Not to good, yes, but she was not supposed to be my dog. My God daughter just can’t seem to get the hang of paying any attention to all this so, time to get off my butt and take care of the rest of the job, hahaha. I have a Yorkie and now 4 pups to go with her and they are so adorable 🙂 cuties for sure!! Anyway, i look forward to the article on puppy training as they seem ready for house breaking, 5 weeks old today, but any tips to get started would be wonderful. FYI, they all seem healthy and are getting plump, and love to brawl lol thanks again.

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    Minette Reply:

    Check out these puppy articles. http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/PuppyTraining/

    I am also partial to my “puppy programming” since I shot those videos 😉 It is 8 weeks of a number of videos to help you raise and train a well rounded dog http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/puppyprogramming and for what you pay, you get a TON of information.

    I am a professional and paying 200 for one video is common in this world there are 60+ videos that you can watch at your leisure and its only 97, so I would recommend you check those out!!

    Also keep your eye out for my free article on exercise. I love, love, love finding new and creative ways to exercise my kiddos and quite frankly I think little dogs need more exercise than some big dogs!

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  12. Stella Ward says:

    Hi Minette
    I have a 4 month old German Shepherd and only just got him around 3 weeks ago. We have only only just started training and I am really struggling to get him to accept my 2 cats. He just goes wild when he see’s them. A week ago he caught and ate a chicken and I worry he will do the same to the cats. Unfortunately for the first week he just ran into the house every chance he got to chase the cats. Now he mostly comes in on a leash, so that we can try to control him. I have tried to give him snacks close to the cats and told him to leave them. This works while we have the snacks and mostly only while he is on the lead. The cats are now really struggling with the stress and have sores on their necks and ears. I am now starting to struggle with my temper too. Please help me to change before I do too much damage. I know I am not supposed to shout and hit. Please help me to help him. Thank you.

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    Minette Reply:

    First make a safe room for the cats… they don’t need to feel like they are in prison and they can’t get away from their attacker. Use baby gates or cut a hole in a door so they can only get into their special room. This room will likely stay theirs.

    I HAVE a dog like this and he is 7 months old now, and although not perfect he is better.

    I kept him on a leash and still do. I have an eyelet screwed into the wall where I have a tie down attached. He has about 6 ft of room to wander and a bed to lay on and a toy box to play in, this gives him things to do while he is inside and my cats KNOW just how long that long line is.

    I NEVER leave him alone on that tie down, either he comes with me, goes in his crate, or goes outside if I can’t watch him even for a moment.

    I know he would grab a cat if he could and I am teaching him to listen to me and to learn to control his prey drive.

    I also USE his prey drive to train him in obedience, this helps me to contain and control it while he is in the house and gives him the ability to use this instinct.

    Obedience and exercise is crucial for his development not only physically but also mentally and for him to learn impulse control.

    I don’t even want him to LOOK at the cats when I tell him not to. If he “stares” I get him to put his head down on the ground or give me eye contact instead. Staring, leads to barking and lunging and chasing (even if he can’t chase physically… he is doing it in his mind so I don’t allow him the ability to do that).

    Check out my puppy programming. You can see one of my puppies as he grows and understand the training my dogs go through.

    There are 60+ videos in that vault that you cant watch on your own time and tackle each process and problem at a time. This is how I keep sanity.

    The puppy in the video was 6 to 9 months old when I shot the videos and at that time still wanted a little cat sandwich but NOW he is off leash in my home. My 7 month old has not earned that privilege as of yet.

    Now, I will never leave my (he’s 18 months now) or my 7 month old off leash alone in the house while I am gone, they are both crated to ensure they prey drive doesn’t over run them when my cats tear through the house, but they are learning.

    Check it out http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/PuppyProgramming.

    It is $97 but it is totally worth it and has a money back guarantee if you don’t like it and like I said it is 60+ videos.

    Even if you don’t think you need to watch them all, I would recommend it! I have had people who have trained dogs their whole lives who have told me I brought up key points they had never heard of in their whole career so I think you will enjoy it!

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  13. Wendy Bartlett says:

    Hi,
    This human was truely blessed 7 & 1/2 years ago when Meggsie, my 7 & 1/2 year old red border collie came into my life. Meggsie went to puppy kindy and then did some obedience and agility, she loved agility and was a high drive dog. Just after she turned 5, she lost her sight overnight. Ay first we both went into shock, but, Meggsie adjusted very quickly to being blind.
    On most days we go down to the beach and Meggsie runs around me in large circles waiting for me to throw her ball along the sand. She chases her ball along the beach by hearing it bounce and roll across the sand. If she loses her ball she will then try and hunt it down using her nose. I think that, that is what she loves the most, her tail goes up and the hunt is on, she loves finding her ball. Sometimes other people will find the ball for her, but she prefers to find it herself as this presents her with a challange and stimulates her mind.
    I am a shift worker and work with People with Disabilities, Meggsie has the run of the house 24/7. I believe that dogs need & thrive on both mental and physical stimulation

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    Minette Reply:

    You should teach her to track!!!! She would love that

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  14. Lois Simpson says:

    How did you refab that pedal bike to harness a dog to it? I decided to get myself a German Shepherd last year. Not thinking how much work a puppy is. He started chewing stuff up when he is in the basement. I had to put everything up like having a 2 yr old in the house. Trying to get him tired in a day really poops me out. Thought the bike thing was a really neat idea.
    Sincerly
    Lois

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    Minette Reply:

    That is an Adult Pedal Cart from Tractor Supply, and I had a friend weld the arms. You just need something square or rounded so you can hook in two eyelets and then you can add the chain and the harness and dogs.

    Its nice cause it has brakes and steering and I can help them by pedaling if we are on a hill!!!

    I bet he would love it.

    I am also about to buy a cart from http://k9carting.com/ even if you don’t have your dog pull YOU you can have him pull your kids or other stuff!!!

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  15. Jody says:

    Minette, I love your blogs and suggestions! I have 2 tiny Yorkies (3and1/2 and 5lbs) who are 8 months old. We run in the backyard when we can and walk 1km almost every day. However, when we can’t be outside, I “run” them in the living room and dining room using a lazer pointer! The other exercise they love is when we go to a friend’s house because there is a great dane who lives next door. He runs on one side of the fence and the puppies run on the other. We do this about every other day for 10-15 min., and then the puppies sleep like logs that night!

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  16. kaiden says:

    I have a Terrier X Spaniel and he is so high energy I sometimes wonder if he is sane !
    Every morning he gets 1 hour of exercise offleash and a kong, at midday he gets 20 minutes of ball play in the yard practicing his obedience too and then a puzzle toy and then late afternoon consists of 1.5 hours offleash.
    Evening consists of playtime, nosework, agility etc for a good while and at the weekend we do long distance hikes and attend agility shows on top of everything else
    He`s crazy but I love it and wouldn`t change him for the world!
    Great article btw

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