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Basically a cat toy for dogs. You can easily make one, but I am lazy and such and just buy this off amazon
It's a great training tool and a good way to exercise your dog during bad weather times because it can be used indoors in a room where there isn't anything to get knocked over or a hallway.
I used the flirt pole to teach about half of her commands because it is her highest valued toy. She will pretty much do anything for her flirt pole.
A flirt pole is a fun toy to chase and tugs with
Keep trying with the mental games. Have you ever tried nosework with your dog? Or hide and seek? Or you could hide treats or favorite toys around and have your dog sniff them out. Try teaching some fun tricks. It’s good for bonding with your dog and fun to show off what he can do!
Hey sweetie, breathe.
Life get's a bit too much sometimes, never apologise for needing to vent, okay?
Boxers are pretty high energy dogs - what is she like walking on a leash? If she's good, maybe you can take her out for longer and have her walk next to the pushchair so you can take your kids out too?
Have you heard of a flirt pole before? These are AMAZING for tiring out a high-energy dog! Have a look! It's a giant cat toy, so you don't have to expend any energy - you just stand there and swing it around while your dog chases it! It's great for quickly tiring a dog out.
Do you crate your dog at all? I think that some forced relaxation time would be amazing for YOU right now.
Conservatively, I think shooting for a good hour/hour and a half of exercise a day is good. Do you think you could manage that by incorporating the above?
Another great way to tire a dog out is to do lots of brain games - hiding treats around the house is a great one! Or you can pop a handful of kibble in a cardboard box and let her go at that. Frozen kongs, raw bones, bully sticks - these are all great for her to do in the house while you look after your kids :)
I'm late but I have a one year old GSD that is a terror and still bites if he is not worn out or stimulated. This toy is a god send if I don't wanna do a long walk. 15-30 mins in my backyard where I have to do minimal effort makes him tired for hours.
I agree with what this person above said. Literally start from scratch. Also when ours is yelling in his car we put a blanket on it. If he continues yelling we move his crate into the bathroom with him in it. If he keeps yelling after that we close the bathroom door. And wait until he's quiet before de escalating. I know you said she doesn't like toys much but maybe if she has a hunting drive,this might be helpful to get. As for her not liking her treats, feed her less so that she's hungrier.
What about getting your husband to feed them using a food dispensing toy? Or hiding little piles of their food over the house and they would have to "hunt" for their meal? I freeze baby food in a kong for my dog (as a fibre supplement), and it keeps her mentally stimulated for at least an hour.
Try to find different things like that for them. Also, not sure what kind of surgery you had or exactly how much movement you can do, but we invested in a flirt pole for our dog for nights that we are lazy but she still has tons of energy to burn!
Someone may have already brought this up, but a flirt pole might work because you can move the toy around, sort of making it look like a small animal:
It's best to have a "leave it" and "get it" so that you don't end up with tug of war. The dog will typically chase the toy like a cat!
I hear ya about the rain. I do a couple of things on rainy days. My regular go to is a flirt pole. Depending on how much space you have, this might not be ideal. But she loves it and gets her jumping. This is the one I have. My pup also loves to walk on the treadmill haha. She'll get on it and bark until I go over to turn it on. This gets her going but she usually needs more stimulation afterward. You could try training new tricks too. The mental stimulation is great for them, but I'd still do some physical exercise afterward. And my last choice is putting on a poncho and rain boots and going for a walk. I do this quite a bit even though I hate going out in the rain.
A puzzle that I do that keeps her putting her in down stay, showing her a cookie, and hiding it. Then I'll release her and wait for her to find it. It's hilarious, and it tires her out too. My experience is a tired puppy is a happy puppy haha. I hope this helped a little bit!
Yeah, we just do it on the grass/astro turf of our park and he loves it. I just drag it along and run away - I get exercise too! :D I think the idea is not to have the dog CONSTANTLY jumping and such, but I think the occasional little hop or jump is ok.
This is the specific pole that we got him and I love it! Plus, lots of other dogs enjoy running after it so it gets all the dogs involved. Be careful, though, not to turn it into tug of war.. It's a bungee cord, and it definitely got pulled back and sling shotted into my leg, close to my crotch (lucky it was me and not my boyfriend that was holding it at the time..)
You can make your own puzzle toys with cardboard boxes, cardboard paper towel rolls, some treats, and some tape! I have a cattle dog mix and it usually occupies her for a bit.
Someone also suggested a flirt pole to me the other day, and if you dog likes chewing, you could soak a tug rope in some low sodium chicken broth or wet food, and then freeze it - this usually also occupies my dog for a while. Spending some time training and learning tricks is great as well.
Think of it this way, dogs come hard wired to dig, bark, bite, chew, and pee anywhere they want so when they're puppies, don't expect them to instantly forgo those natural instincts because they suddenly are in a house with humans.
It seems like you're off to a great start with the nipping through! So don't get discouraged. There are a couple schools of thought when it comes to puppy teething, but what I've personally found successful is teaching that there are objects that are appropriate to chew on (toys, fleece tugs, bones, consumables like pig ears etc) and things that are inappropriate to chew on (flesh, clothes, curtains, electrical cords)
I recommend this three step process to get through the puppy mouthing stage:
When interacting with your puppy, always have a toy in your hand to redirect them onto. It seems like your pup might be going for feet and things low to the ground, so dragging a fleece tug toy behind you or investing in a flirt pole to drag on the floor behind you would also help.
Give your dog lots of consumables like pig ears, bully sticks, frozen kongs, marrow bones. (I recommend not giving rawhide until you talk to your vet about it)
When your dog bites flesh or clothes, do a calm collar restraint which is just two fingers under the collar, not pulling it, or choking them, give them a chance to calm down, then release them. Its a three strike policy so if they do it a third time, your dog should have a time out with a consumable. Sometimes puppies just get extra mouthy when they're grumpy and need a nap.
You'll get through it, its all about giving them lots of opportunities to chew on good things, and redirecting them onto those good things when they think about chewing us or cords or clothing, and then giving them a break if they need a chance to calm down.
When I first got her she was in there at night...i go to sleep between 10pm-12am. At first she was up every 2 hrs on the dot for potty breaks...eventually made it to every 3 hrs. Then one night she made it until I woke her up hallelujah!! Now she sleeps till about 5am then shes up for a potty break...then right back in the crate until my alarm. If no one is home shes in the crate...shes too little to leave out. I am lucky enough to be a broke collage grad living with my parents...and my dad's retired and can watch her when i am at work. She is allowed to run free most of the day but if my dad leaves shes in the crate. She has 2 crates really one in our basement that has a play pin for when we have to leave her for over an hour. And her crate in my room which is for sleeping at night. But every night long walks and at least an hour with her flirtpole to wear her out!
i built it after hearing about them ([link]). if i had it to do again, i'd probably go with a pvc pipe handle so the rope actually goes through the whole handle to allow the toy to be pulled to the end of the pole for storage (and wrap up the excess rope). i've seen similar toys on amazon called "flirt poles" - but they didn't look as sturdy as the one i made. [link]
here's a video of a play session:
I got this flirt pole from Amazon when it went on sale. My westies go nuts for it but it doesn't do much for my GSD mix.
How about a flirt pole?
Or this remote controlled dog toy
Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole V2 Dog Exercise Toy with Blue/Aqua Squeaker Fleece Lure, 36-Inch - V2FP-BS [link]
I'm still in the process of researching them myself to see if they would be a good fit for my pup (He loves to play fetch but I'm not sure if he would like a flirt pole), but I like the looks of this one (https://www.amazon.ca/Squishy-Face-Studio-Exercise-Squeaker/dp/B00HFFXEWE). I think on their main website they have a video on how to use it.
If it's important to you, you can work on building her play drive. I used this method to get my dog from complete disinterest in toys to a reliable tug in the house. We're still working on interest in other environments.
Remember to always stop before she gets bored, always leave her wanting more. Even if that means putting the toy away after she sniffs it if you think she's not in the mood. Our agility instructor recommended that if you initiate play do whatever you have to do to get them interested, don't ever let them walk away from you first offering the toy, then you can stop once you get even the slightest bit of interest.
Have you tried chaseable toys like a flirt pole? If you're not morally opposed you could also try a toy with real fur. Clean Run has an entire category of motivational toys.
Last thing, it's probably impossible to over exercise a 2 year old pointer mix, but if she's getting all her energy out in other ways she might be perfectly content to just relax at home. My 2 year old is much more interested in play if I cut our 2 hours of daily exercise down to 1 hour for a day or two so she starts going just a little crazy.
A flirt pole has been my puppy's favorite toy ever since we got him at 8 weeks (he is 10 months now). It's sooo useful for tiring him out, indoors or out!
I'm not really understanding.
>but even on good days he will go for my ankles still if the toy isnt and issue.
If you're playing with him he bites your ankles/hands? ..or when you're not playing with him he bites your ankles/hands? ..and this is only outside?
How have you been trying to train drop it?
Since he wont give a ball back, go buy (or make) a flirt pole. This way you never lose possession and avoid playing the keep away game.
Then use the flirt pole (or any tug toy really) to teach drop it.
I used to live in an apartment with my GSP. Start thinking about creative ways to keep him mentally stimulated. Puzzle toys, nosework, clicker training, trick training...anything to keep him thinking and using his brain. Done right, and mental stimulation can be more exhausting than physical activity.
If possible, I would also recommend getting involved in some dog sports. APDT.com and clickertraining.com have tools to help you find trainers in your area, and you can use the advanced search to find trainers that teach dog sports. A GSP will excel at almost anything once trained, but I recommend checking out nosework/scent work and agility.
Edit: Oh, and get a flirt pole. My guy didn't care about it much until I added wings to the end of it, but he quickly destroyed those.
I like this one. I've had it for about a year now, and it has yet to show any signs of damage. Just needs to be cleaned :)
> Ultimately the ball in the park just evolved over time but really was intended to tire her out because she's got so much energy, but I definitely agree with you that it may not have been the best way of going about releasing her pent up energy.
It's definitely a good way to help tire a dog out! But sadly if it's the cause of a problem it needs to go. If you're alone and in a controlled environment that's fine, but until then just put yourself on the safe side!
I'd invest in a Flirt Pole. It's pretty much a giant cat toy, but for dogs. It's often and widely used with Bully Breeds to help tire them out when space and time are low! It's my go-to toy for my dog because he's all black and a Pit so him and any sort of heat and exercise do not go well together. This allows me to exercise him both physically and mentally without killing him! I seriously cannot recommend this enough! This will help on the immense energy part of things as well.
The feeder Kong will definitely help things along as well. I can't quite use it with my foster dog around, but I usually feed all of my dog's meals in it.
Another thing to consider is getting your dog a backpack, and weighing it (follow the instructions!), this will help make her work a bit more physically tiring her out better. This is another recommendation for higher energy dogs.
Do you happen to be near any water/beaches?
I'm not terribly familiar with the Kelpie but I know they are a working dog, and Staffys do have a tendency for higher energy levels and workout needs.
>What sort of energy dog would be the best to begin socialising her with at the start? Our Rottie is pretty alpha with most other dogs but a giant sook with her -she can take toys and bones off him without much fuss. Does she need to be around a submissive dog that she can chill with or a dominant dog to put her in her place?
I'd keep her socializing with medium/low level energy dogs at first. Dogs that will be calm and won't really be interested in much else. Even friendly high energy dogs can rub some dogs the wrong way, you definitely want to set up a good socialization experience, so for the first while keep them pretty low. IMO, the ideal dog is one who really won't give two shits about her presence and just hang out. Work your way up from there.
As owners you should be the "dominant" one (getting rid of the alpha idea, really), dog-to-dog correction can be great, but don't go actively seeking that out. That can be a disaster in the making. Corrections should be quick, simple and over as soon as they start.
Start working on at home obedience, too. Check the side-bar for tips and tricks and videos. Nail down sit, stay, an "eyes on me" kind of command, a leave it command, drop it, and recall. This is something you need to work at tirelessly, and make sure to work it up in more distracting environments (you can get a longer lead and go to a quite part of a park where there will be distractions, but you'll be free to work/leave as necessary. This will help make encounters more enjoyable and controlled as well.
WizardCap - My mal loves this toy: [link]
this it is seriously amazing only problem is i get dizzy from going in circles lol
EDIT: found the cheaper price
We have a four month old German Shepherd and he used to do the biting and play attacks but has gotten much better about it. He never play attacks me, and does it rarely for my wife. Here's what worked for us:
1) Take him to puppy socializations. When he bites you I bet he's trying to start play with you, but hasn't learned what appropriate play is. The best way for him to learn what's okay and what isn't is with other dogs. If he bites another puppy, they'll either leave him alone or clap back at him. GSDs are smart, he'll get it fast
2) Really startle him when he does it. Other people have suggested yelling ouch and all that, but if it's not working then do it even louder. There needs to be a visual reaction from him that he's startled. After yelling, immediately end play. We would put him in a short timeout in his crate, and after 5 minutes he would usually have calmed down.
3) Tire him out. Puppies can't really do long walks yet, so we have this: https://www.amazon.com/Squishy-Face-Studio-Exercise-Squeaker/dp/B00HFFXEWE He absolutely loves playing with it, and after 10-15 minutes of play he's totally exhausted. Just have him chase the birdie around but let him get it periodically so he doesn't get discouraged. Let him chew on it for a bit, and then when he takes a break flick it out of his grasp. Don't play tug of war with the birdie, that's not really the intent.
I'd be willing to guarantee that a combination of these three things will work. It's frustrating now, but he'll definitely grow out of it. So be patient, if you can. I also like to keep my puppy on leash in the house (if he's not in the crate) as a housebreaking exercise. It just gives me much more control over him and gives him more structure. Plus it's good for bonding.
Anyway, let me know how it goes!