/u/8armstohugyouwith describes it well. I bought mine on amazon, you can also make your own for cheaper.
Have you tried a flirt pole? It’s kind of like a giant cat toy and you can move it around to mimic small animal movement. My dogs love it and get super engaged. Then I used the e collar to get a solid “out” command to get them to disengage while in motion, and also to drop it when they catch it. Might be worth a try!
We bought a tail teaser for mine. It is a lot of fun and she uses up quite a bit of energy within 10 mins. She absolutely loves it and could play that forever. It also helped a lot with her leave it training. If she does not leave it in the first go, I just take it away. So she started to leave it on the first go so she could continue playing.
This is the one I bought Outward Hound Tail Teaser Durable Dog Wand With Soft Plush Toys [link]
Edit: mine is not very treats motivated. She only wants to play. So it has been really tough and this has been great.
Sounds like she's bored and understimulated. Shibas are a nippy breed who needs something to do.
FORTUNATELY, entertaining a shiba is easy: Passive entertainment often isn't enough though. Shibas are bred to hunt, and if you don't give them a way to channel that drive they will hunt you and drive you bonkers.
Solution: Flirt pole. 15 minutes is enough once or twice a day.
I found this babble toy on amazon that my girl LOVED. The sound still haunts me but it kept her distracted so well and away from biting me as much I loved it. My dog is a chewer and it lasted her a good while!
Hyper Pet Doggie Tail Interactive Plush Dog Toys (Wiggles, Vibrates, and Barks - Dog Toys for Boredom and Stimulating Play) [link]
My dog loves this thing. Got it from a family member after we adopted my dog and figured he would just destroy it. It looks like a cat toy. Boy were we wrong. Used it as a training tool to teach him "give" (or "drop it"), as he would fetch each squirrel and bring it to us. They're apparently scented and that's why dogs love them so much.
The vet said our pupper was getting chunky so we bought a very active toy. It’s called a flirt pole and you need a good sized space to use this toy…we don’t play with it in the house. After 10 mins with this thing, our boy is all tuckered out. He’s a 70-75 pittie and we have to hide the toy in a closet or he’ll lose his mind.
Outward Hound Interactive Dog Training Toys and Agility Kits [link]
Always feed her in the crate (Kong toys though not a dish of food), and reward her with praise when she occasionally trundles in to explore. We havethis squeaky toy and he loves it - but something cuddly to snuggle or chew on that isn't a hard chew toy is good. We sit next to the crate without engaging if he's panicking as I said! And experiment with covering it-at night he knows the routine now. Out for a wee, then carried downstairs to crate that we have moved, in he goes, door shut almost right away so he doesn't get excited, and then we fully cover it while going about brushing teeth etc at our normal volume....
If you can shut her in there while she's chewing a kong without her getting upset she might gradually learn to love it. But check out Simpawtico videos on crate stuff, they're great. :)
My pit also loves destroying stuffies, but we’ve had great luck with these hide-and-seek type toys. Having a task/goal/whatever (finding all the little stuffies) keeps him engaged, and while they are looking ragged after a few weeks, this is the longest a stuffed toy has ever lasted with Mitch. Highly recommend!
My dog isn't interested in fetch either (and she's a lab!!) but she loves the flirt pole! I got this one on amazon. It's held up great :)
I have an 8 month Yorkie is pretty high energy but not as a high as a husky mix. First thing I’d suggest is mental stimulation games. Our trainer in class last week taught us a very simple one where you can use Amazon box and put them down and place treats inside. It teaches them to sniff them out. We also our boy a treat puzzle ball, which has been a GOD. SEND.
However, the best thing for physical exercise to wear them out is this Tail Tease toy. . We can’t use it with our boy right now (just got fixed 3 days ago) but, last weekend when it was stupid hot outside and we couldn’t do longer walks, this thing wore his butt out within 10 minutes. I can’t recommend it enough.
They sell them on Amazon, but I just made mine myself. I used an old broom handle and tied a rope to it. On the other end I put a toy. He loves it!
Here's a generic because it's way cheaper than the brand name: generic flirt pole
As a fellow owner of an energetic dog, my advice is that one of these will be the best thirteen bucks you ever spend on your dog.
I have this one. Similar concept but seems to be cheaper. My dog gets them out pretty quickly but she still enjoys it. She doesn't chew up her toys though. A dog that likes to rip soft toys would have this one apart in minutes.
A couple things to try instead:
Sometimes dogs act like they hate rain at first but once they get going, they're more than happy to stay out in it. Or try dog booties and/or a doggy raincoat for her.
Some Humane Societies have indoor pavilion areas for dogs that you can sign up to use in a group setting (You usually have to pay though). Is she okay with other dogs? Is so, maybe look into this.
You'd be surprised how much exercise a dog can get in a small area like an apartment with one of these bad boys.
This thing keeps my shiba happy for hours. He loves digging the squirrels out of the tree, and he flings them around the room when he gets them out, or picks them up by the tail and shakes the life out of them.
I can only speak from my personal experience (my current and only GD). When she was new to the house, about 4-6 months old, 25-35lbs, she would pant pretty hard at night, and I had the same concerns.
For us it didn't develop into a problem, and she grew out of it after a few weeks, maybe a month. She's now 13 months, a lanky 55lbs, and sleeps under my bed every night, breathing easy as can be.
Side note: I'm new to this sub, don't know how popular these are... but EVERYBODY should get a teaser wand for their GD! It's my GD's absolute favorite toy, it has lasted way longer than her other toys, and a couple 5-10min play sessions make a huge difference in her attitude/energy level the rest of the day (along with bones, sniffing games, etc). We had a few sessions early on with a trainer, and their advice to get a teaser wand was probably the most valuable thing I learned from them (and I learned a lot of valuable stuff from them).
Our puppy loves rolling on his back and swatting at his flirt pole. His breeder had cats, so I often wonder if that’s where he gets it. Anyways, highly recommend it!
Sorry for delay in reply. I customized this flirt poll toy (which hasn't failed to motivate the 3 poms and one labradoodle pup...or whatever they're called):
But the poll and two toys it comes with gave him like 80% of the happiness (that and the red babble ball with the lights are my little guy's favorite toys by far).
I have a 70lb very strong mix and went with a cheap one off amazon (.[link]). We've gone through two. They never snapped, but the blue handle became unglued eventually on both (the poles are surprisingly strong). I wasn't in love with the rope (hurt my hands when playing tug), so I just made my own. Lowes sells 3ft sections of 1/2 schedule 40 PVC in the irrigation section for a few dollars. Then I bought some rope for about $15. 1/2 inch PVC is narrow enough you can just feed the rope through and tie a big knot on one end. One the other end, tie a tug toy (I scavenged the toy from the store bought pole - you want something light weight and cheap). Took about 5 minutes to assemble and most of that was just me trying to open the packaging on the rope. The DIY pole is better for outdoor play, but the store bought one is much less likely to damage something in the house if you get carried away.
Some people go with 1" diameter PVC for extra strength but its heavy and doesn't come in 3 ft lengths so you'll need to cut it and you'll have to fashion something so the rope doesn't get pulled through (some instructions say to use 2 inch washers, but you could also put a 1 inch to 1/2in adapter on there and tie a knot.
When my dog was younger the ones that have a bunch of small toys in a larger toy were his jam. like this puzzles are his goals to now as good is what’s up like these
Treat puzzles, I buy Lilly these like bags of a variety of small sized toys off Amazon for like $15. Perfect size for chi mouths. She also loves those hideaway toys and where it’s like some squirrels inside a tree stump or another one I had was 3 mice inside a slice of cheese
Zoomies are a sign of an under-stimulated, under-exercised dog. Either he is being left alone too long, or he just has very high energy needs. A lot of puppy ownership, especially with labs, is energy management. If his energy (mental and physical) needs are being met, he should alternate between playful/energetic (but not out of control) and rest/calm.
My dog is also 1 and his favorite toy, by far, is a flirt pole. 10 minutes running after it and he is wiped out. Just be careful because they can get obsessed with it and push themselves beyond their limits. My guy will sprint and jump for a couple of minutes and then I force him to take a break to catch his breath. The breaks are good impulse control exercises as well, since he needs to sit and wait to get going again.
Also, if he is slipping out of his collar, why not just try a front-clip harness? Or a Halti?
Yeah, I’ve had issues with ball throwers too. I’m thinking something more like this
Hyper Pet Doggie Tail Interactive Plush Dog Toys (Wiggles, Vibrates & Barks – Dog Toys for Boredom & Stimulating Play) Interactive Dog Toys, Dog Squeaky Toys, and Funny Dog Toys - Colors May Vary [link]
Yeah - so the Alligator is made by Kong; we got that in our local pet shop.
The squirrel toy was on Amazon, though - made by Outward Hound:
Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Puzzle, XL [link]
On the nighttime part, I was in the same boat with my pup not wanting to settle down until I just said screw it and started taking him for a walk every day around 7pm. I know we can debate the dangers of taking a pup out before getting all his shots, but I felt most dogs in our upper middle class neighborhood are probably vaccinated and it was worth the risk.
After I started doing that he was so much better. He now just lays down on our mantle under the TV and sleeps until it's time to put him down for the night. Maybe your pup just needs to be ran around more in the evening. If walks aren't an option for you yet, the Outward hound tail teaser is a great way to get them to run around and chase something, my dog love this thing. It's basically a big cat toy. [link]
You can maybe put some peanut butter with the treats in the king to help it stick to the sides and make it harder. If you want your dog to play with something for a while I recommend something like this Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Squeaky Puzzle Plush Dog Toy - Hide and Seek Activity for Dogs [link] I would not recommend this exact one because I think that they are poor quality but I got my puppy a toy like this and he will play for a long time trying to get them out, also if he gets them all out you can just put them back it and it should take them a bit to get them out again
I’m no expert on joint development. I live in a one bedroom nyc apartment and I have a 13 wk miniature schnauzer. This flirt pole is her favorite toy. Tires her out with her running back and forth and even just gnawing the plush toy at the end.
There is this thing you can do when you're low energy (like me all the time) with a high energy dog like yours and that's supposed to me making them chase like a fox tail or whatever the dog prefers on a string, attached to a long stick that you then hold and wiggle around for them to chase.
Never got to try it for myself (both my girls were not into chasing stuff) but I heard very very good things about it so I just wanted to share
Anyway your dogs are both wonderful ❤️
I found this one by hyper pet, its a plastic ball with a tail that vibrates and makes noises and my GSD loved it. I'll be honest it didn't stand up to his teeth lol but it was a great laugh watching him play!
Get a flirt pole! My GSD loves for it. Outward Hound Interactive Dog Training Toys and Agility Kits [link]
I can’t recommend a flirt pole enough. We also do 2-3 walks per day but the flirt pole is what really wears our 1 year old high-energy puppy. We play with it about 10-15 minutes a few times a day and it always wears her out for a couple hours after. The trick is to keep the toy animal just a few inches in front of their faces as best as you can. (My wife just waved it around in the air and doesn’t understand why the dog doesn’t get into it.)
Here’s the one we got off Amazon. It’s very sturdy and we love it: Outward Hound Interactive Dog Training Toys and Agility Kits [link]
We've tried doing the DIY zip tied toy to a broom handle but the string on this really makes it easy for you to entertain. Just a heads up, our pup likes to chase it most when it's dragging on the floor, not suspended in the air.
Added to my cart, thank you!!!
We start at Petsmart Tuesday and it cannot come soon enough! How have your classes been going? I'm excited to just get him out the house. It's been SO hot lately and he doesn't get outside as much so I know he's probably getting a little cabin fevery too.
I definitely could have written this! I also have a 12 week Bernedoodle. I will say just in the last 2 days my puppy seems to have improved somehow. I just started puppy socialization class at petco and it helped a lot! It was pretty affordable so I might sign up for a second class so I can do twice per week. After her 12 week shots I also have been letting her go up and down my block. Also I just got this and it’s amazing for getting out the zoomies and also teaching let go.
Outward Hound Interactive Dog Training Toys and Kits [link]
I love this fucking thing and so does the pup. Worth every penny.
You can also get yourself a flirt pole and work on it that way - it'll engage the prey drive.
And how to use!
Useful: flirt pole
Useless: surgery recovery suit for after her spay surgery. She flopped around like a fish out of water after I put it on her. The thing lasted 5 minutes.
I have a 6month old golden and when he was really young my mom got him hide and seek toys! (Link below) you stuff the little guys in the big toy and they pull them out one by one and have a good time with the big thing. To this day my boy still loves these types of toys. He just got a tree/monkey and volcano/dinosaur ones from chewy!
This is the same one he had when he was little (exact one): tree/squirrel toy
Chewy and Amazon have really good ones.
Cade (my boy) also enjoyed searching for treats/kibble in his snuffle mat
link: snuffle mat
There are also 2 Facebook groups I'd recommend (if you're cool with FB groups) one is called "Budget enrichment for dogs and cats group" and the other is called "sensory gardens for dogs"
I learned a lot from both these groups, they have a ton of great ideas to keep your pupper/doggo entertained for more than 5 minutes.
We’ve got gophers in a log which is fun, but requires me to repeatedly stick them back in.
But sometimes I just buy the 99¢ toy and let him tear out stuffing to his heart’s content.
What a beautiful doggo! I don’t know if he’s depressed but I’m also in a cold part of the world and I’ve been using this:
Outward Hound ZipZoom Beginner Dog Agility Training Obstacle Course & Tail Teaser Lure Wand [link]
It’s been helpful for the days when we can’t get outside!
Yes! My puppy is obsessed with these kinds of toys. Check out this one; mine likes it even better than the zippy ones:
its called a flirt pole u can find it anywehere especially amazon
My dog had similar issues- her favorite toy is similar to a flirt pole but the end is a fluffy squeaky toy- Tail Teaser. The fact that is looks closer to an animal and squeaks when she catches it are her favorite parts.
Her second favorite are balls that bounce well and make a noise. If your dog is like mine and loses interest in toys that aren't moving, you might want to try throwing it more upwards than away from you. I've found she is more likely to want to get it that way since it is still moving when she reaches it.
Here’s the one we use! We can literally have her rip around the room with so little effort from us!
Best of luck with your new baby!!!
We adopted our Yorkie at 7 months and I didn’t realize adolescence was a thing until about a week later. He’s 8 months now and still has his moments. We started clicker training with him via a group class and it’s helped eons. What I’d recommend most is what you seem to be doing—longer walks to help with excess energy. You may also want to look into mental stimulation. Our trainer recommended taking Amazon or any sort of packaging boxes and playing scent games using them. They seem to tire out our guy.
One more—this lure toy or anything like it. it helps SO MUCH with excess energy.
I highly recommend you get replacement end things (rats idk). They’re slipknotted on so make sure the replacement has a loop. They get torn up pretty quickly so you’ll have to buy replacements often.
There's plenty of different things you can do throughout the day, or simple things such as rotating his toys to keep his mind busy! Along with teaching him new tricks, you can practice re-inforcing them everyday, or try the tricks in new situations (outdoor vs. indoor, out in public, etc.). With toys, there are ones such as these : [link]
That I've heard good things about. Another thing to prevent boredom is to feed them using different styles, such as in a Kong or a food ball such as this one: [link]
You could also try scent training and agility! I've always wanted to enroll mine in agility, though unfortunately covid has ruined that as of late. xD
These are not indestructible but they are numerous. My dog treats the little squirrels like they are her babies so it takes a long time for them to get chewed up (although they eventually do get chewed up). Hide one squirrel at a time and it might last you a whole week? I dunno but I bought this thing because it had really great reviews and my dog loves her little squirrels.
Our little boy loves this toy too! We got ours at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054C9B1I/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&pldnSite=1
Amazon. Best purchase I've made this year. I was laughing so hard for the first few hours my abs hurt.
Edit: Amazon link.
Outward Hound Hide a Squirrel Fun Hide & Seek Interactive Puzzle Plush Dog Toy, 4 Piece, Junior/Large/Jumbo/Medium [link]
And the Trixie puzzle board games
These are great for tiring doggos out, too: https://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-Tail-Teaser-Flirt/dp/B0042I5G2I/ref=pd_sim_199_4/132-4569949-6685960?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0042I5G2I&pd_rd_r=e8c95331-a39a-11e9-90e7-f1525924e8b2&pd_rd_w=2YowG&pd_rd_wg=Z1oEo&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=JKXZE9X74A2KWDS9SE0X&psc=1&refRID=JKXZE9X74A2KWDS9SE0X
I'm guessing you don't have a backyard?
Two things that saved me my first few months:
She's still obsessed with the second. It is so great for getting her attention focused on something (but is loud, just to warn you). Anytime she's ancy and I can't play with her, I let her play with the tail. If you keep it away from them and give it to them at certain points, it'll hold their attention better.
Crixus just loooooves these little paracord toys that I make for him. He'll play fetch with them all day long and always seems to have one with him wherever he's parked himself.
Paracord Tug Toy
As a bonus, they're inexpensive to make and are tough as nails since they're made out of paracord. They're really the ONLY toys that have been able to stand to his daily abuse.
His second favorite toys are these cheap stuffed sea creatures from Amazon (my grocery store carries them):
Multipet Sea Shammie 8-Inch Plush Starfish
Unfortunately, he loves to drop those into his water bowl and they fall apart pretty quickly once that happens.
After those... everything else is pretty much fair game. :D He does seem to have a particular fondness for crumpled up paper balls, tho!
This plushie toy is dog toy crack for any dog who shows remote interest in plushies. I don't know what it is, but they go nuts. Otherwise, may just be settling in, may just not care for toys, may be waiting for the one
This saved my life when I got sick. ( Here is the one I bought: [link] ) Could play with my new puppy more or less from the couch, and I used an app called Wag! that offered cheap walks and felt comfortable when meeting the walkers.
I believe I used this one: [link]
The included squeaky toys definitely don't last, but you can just tie your leather rag on when you get that.
Yeah, don't think your suppose to use the laser pointer a lot. They need to be actually able to catch the thing occasionally otherwise it is really frustrating for them. :(
Learned this in puppy class a few months after we got our pup. They recommended this: [link]
Try a flirt pole if she likes to chase things. Like this one. .... or a treat toy like this . Both of these tire my terrier right out
Teddy is kind of picky with his toys. He has no interest in chew toys (even though he loves chewing and tearing things up), he could care less about squeaker toys. But he absolutely loves this squirrel tree
Bully sticks are a favorite for my pair, but they don't last long (maybe 30-45 min). Anything stuffed is shredded into stuffing and fluff within 2 weeks. My boy doesn't chew this toy, but it he loves it. Carries it around with him everywhere, licking it, tossing it, sleeping on it. Unfortunately the girl makes it her mission to actually destroy it, so I have to buy a new one every month or so. Funny enough, they have zero interest in the little squirrels, only the tree trunk, so i have like 20 little squirrels in their "toy bin" now.
I no longer give them elk antlers because they've both cracked teeth on them. They have had zero interest in nylabones.
Yep I second this. This flirt pole is our girl's favorite. We use this to take out a good chunk of her energy. Then its either throwing the tennis ball around the house or playing with these fun animal squeaky toys We got her a couple of them (a frog and a rabbit) about 6 months ago and they are still going strong. It's nice because the toys dont really have stuffing in them, they just kind of crumple up after she chews them too hard! And the squeaker is near impossible to break and its nice and loud which she loves.
My puppy is always crated when someone isn't home. We have nice things and it isn't fair to ask a toddler not to destroy nice things without supervision. What we do: we don't make it a big deal at all to put him in, or take him out. I got him this and he gets really excited about it. I hide treats under the squirrel, and I put it in his crate. He now will preemptively go in there as soon as he sees me pick up his squirrel house because he loves it so much. Also, because I don't want him to be anxious or lonely, I bought him a buddy (stuffed dog) and put it in there with him along with other toys, and his crate faces the TV, so we play a nature DVD in the background. I also bought him a crate cover so it's more den-like.
Yep! This is the one I have. I haven't tried myself, but you can also make one yourself pretty easily.
Just a quick reply, so this is stream of consciousness.
Sounds like you're trying all the right things! Good for you and your boyfriend that you are learning about dog training--everyone is there at some point. It's especially hard with a reactive dog to not get frustrated, but we humans aren't perfect either! And it's amazing that dogs are so forgiving :-).
Treats--I've also had success with stinky gourmet cheese (especially blues, but careful with Tron's stomach), canned salmon, and rotisserie chicken. I also used to save bits of my human food to see what my dog really responded to.
Nice, I heard the dog twister is super fun! Have you tried filling the kong and freezing it with beef broth or something similar? Sometimes my dog gets discouraged if stuff doesn't come out fast enough, so I break the treats up much smaller. I totally recommend you look up some youtube tutorials on Nosework. It's great for dogs with high prey drives and you'll be able to wear him out at home! This toy is also fantastic for high-prey drive dogs. [link]
Yeah there's no comparing being off-leash to on-leash, but have you tried training your dog to walk politely on a long lead? Making it a rewarding "job" to walk nicely might entice your dog more! I like it because it gives my dog structured freedom and an outlet to roam and smell without going totally nuts. My rules are that she has to stay beside or behind me and cannot pull me anywhere, but otherwise she gets 20 ft.
You could also find a tennis court or basketball court at night and let your dog off-leash in there.
I actually got at it at a store near me, but this is it! Before this toy, Melody wouldn't play with anything. Seriously. But she absolutely loves this! The squirrels are squeaky, and it's a real challenge for her to get an audible squeak out, but she feels so accomplished when she does :)
How about trying some interactive toys? Like that moving ball thingy that has the ferret looking type creature attached to it. I bet a puppy would love that. Or something like this, something that'd keep him busy on his own when necessary. Your dog sounds adorable by the way.
My dog loves his. Not for heavy chewers, though.
Deer antlers are great!
Rollover tube dog food cut up for training rewards are perfect for learning tricks.
He definitely needs one of these...they are awesome...I was gifted the gigantic one for my dogs...but your can use the little one...oh and did I say squirrels!!! [link]
They're her favorite thing. Her "mommy" - the fiancee - gets her these plush squirrel sets... here, these - you place the squirrels in the tree and then she has to work them back out again. That's her favorite toy and she carries the squirrels all through the house with her.
When we take her outside for walks - we live in an apartment - she sees squirrels and immediately goes to huntin' mode: she gets real quiet and tries to sneak up on them before they get away.
Thanks to her leash they always manage to get away just in time.
He's actually a very loving and happy dog, but he will definitely make faces at me if I do something annoying (like wake him up, especially if it involves picking him up while he's sleeping... sometimes he'll run around snorting when he's displeased).
Anything furry will feel his wrath. I've bought tons of "indestructable" plush toys only to have a pile of stuffing left within 24 hours. He has a particular love of this toy and it fares better than most. Partly why I refuse to let him near the squirrels where we walk; I'm not really ever in a mood to clean bloody squirrel parts off him.
I have a dachshund, and it's all about the same for me too. She is particularly neurotic about squeaky toys, she doesn't stop until she's pulled out the squeaker and destroyed it. Her Kongs are intact, but ripped all around the edges of both holes, haha.
So, it isn't exactly what you were asking for (though it's surprisingly durable for a plush), but I bought this for her, and she LOVES it. It plays into her instincts to find and pull little squeaking things out of their burrows. I have to supervise, or she would ruin the squirrels, but she has a lot of fun figuring out how to pull them out of the stuffed log over and over. And the log is amazingly durable, somehow.