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Old 11-03-2012, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I feel so guilty becaue I have been sick and Teddy is going nuts with all his energy that he is chewing anything he can - I know he needs exercise and I can't do it. Ginger needs a walk too but she can handle it. I wish I knew a family that wanted an energetic spoo - he is such a good boy other than needing this exercise and he is soooo funny.
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Are you willing to re-home him if the right family comes along? If so where are you located?

I try to walk my spoos at least 1 hour a day. I miss every once in awhile due to bad weather , but it is rare. Mine are also off leash at least 5 or 6 times a day just to run around the house ect. We have quite a bit of land, so it is a pretty good workout and they play together. I think it takes alot of exercise and mine just lay around quitely when inside, not a bit of trouble.
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I usually run with mine every day or else take them for a bike ride, but besides that they get lots of free play outside in the yard. Mine are like yours, Indy doesn't need that much exercise but she does enjoy it; however Maddy NEEDS it, bad! Anyway, it sounds like you might be thinking of re-homing Teddy, in which case you might want to contact a rescue society. However, what if you started a running program? Not everyone can run but if you CAN, you would love what it does for you. And Teddy would love it too....half an hour of running first thing in the morning might just solve all your problems with him, if you do want to keep him. But another idea I've been kicking around lately, what if you started a dog walking or running group? If you could get 4 or 5 people who like to walk their dogs together, the group could take a member's dog along when that member had to work overtime or was sick. It could be quite helpful to all, because everyone has times when they just can't go, so everyone could share taking a day or two off a week while the group took their dog along for the exercise without its owner. If everyone was agreeable, you could even set more days off, like one week one guy took 4 days off while the group shared taking the extra dog along. Just a thought! Anyway I wish you the best. p.s. about the chewing, while I've been writing this Maddy has chewed all the buttons off my sofa cushions and also chewed up a leash, ha,ha. Oh the irony

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I feel so fortunate to have lots of acreage to hike every day with my mob. I walk about 2/3 miles a day, but the dogs probably run about 10, as they are off leash and romp back and forth to me constantly. Right now, I've got two 6 month pups here, and they need plenty of exercise..thank goodness they are retrievers, as tennis ball sessions do wonders to keep them from getting too rowdy in the house.
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I feel so guilty becaue I have been sick and Teddy is going nuts with all his energy that he is chewing anything he can - I know he needs exercise and I can't do it. Ginger needs a walk too but she can handle it. I wish I knew a family that wanted an energetic spoo - he is such a good boy other than needing this exercise and he is soooo funny.
Hey hey.... I think this might help you!!! :-D

I've been sick for a few days... What I do for Lou to get her excercise is:

sit on the floor and play fetch (indoors) till she is tired (I throw it fast and take it from her fast and throw it again fast fast LOL - I make the ball hit a corner and go the other way, she loves it! I throw it different directions, sometimes high in the air, sometimes rubbing across the carpet like a little critter running from her, she loves that as well...

play tug-a-war with a big rope toy with nots on it sitting down on the floor - i pull the toy from right to left and she walks a few steps then I say "pull-pull" and she just pulls it from me and I stop and let her have the toy often, she walks around proud and shakes it (shaking her head)

I do these 2 for as long as I can, or until she lays down (panting) like: "ok, momma Im done"... LOL

mmmm... I'll think and post more, ok? But these 2 definitely burn energy she is panting when we are done and crashes/takes a long nap right after

Hope this helps!
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I haven't really dealt with any indoor rambunctiousness with my boy, but I think it's due to the fact that he does get a few 30 minute runs a week, and a combined 45-50 minute worth of walking split up in 2 through the day. I would say I take him for the run about 3 times a week, he is too young to go all the time because part of it is pavement (and I am not in good enough shape myself to do the whole thing on the grass).

Right now he is curled up at my feet fast asleep

If you can't do it (and really mean it, because if you're just inactive by lifestyle choice you would be absolutely amazed at how easy and fast you could work yourself up to 1h worth of walking a day) and it's not by choice then I would definitely consider finding him a new family. It sucks but, you have to do right by them you know?

He's got his own little life to live, too.

I would personally love to help you get up and get moving if you believe it's in your ability to do so. You didn't specifically state why you can't, so please pardon me if it's due to a disability or an injury.

Just send me a PM though if this is something you want to tackle. I was once very obese and I found if very hard to move or do anything. I have lost a lot of weight (over 100lbs!) and I have great advice on how to build up your physical strength, heart, and lungs (and it can work for anyone-not just for 'big' people).
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My dogs go out immediately after I finish work. I take them to an open empty field and walk loops around while the dogs run anywhere/everywhere.
About 30-60 mins later when Sawyer's initial energy is gone, I can take him home. We go for hikes almost every day, but if not, I found that a treadmilll works wonders!
You can just buy a cheap one, It only took Sawyer like 2 tries before he understood, and now he loves to go on it. Then I can sit on my lazy bum and watch movies while he's running
We live in a trailer so there really isn't any room to play inside, not a lot anyway, so I found the treadmill was a great way to get him exercise. Especially in the winter when it gets around -20/30 C... I'm not going to want to go for long walks, but he really enjoys the treadmill
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[QUOTE=... he really enjoys the treadmill [/QUOTE]

Oh yeah, TREAD MILLS!! Why do I always forget about them. That's an awesome idea, wish I had one. If exercise is the only thing that stands between rehoming the dog or not, why the heck not get one, what a great solution! Actually I would love to use a treadmill for my own running in the winter time when it's dark all the time, which usually I don't mind but some days it's just hard to get my butt out of bed at 4:45 to take off for the 5 a.m. run. Plus when it's dark it's hard to see one's footing and yesterday I splooshed right into an icy puddle with both feet because I just couldn't see.
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We walk 1-1.5 hrs a day most days... And like most of you they have free play in the yard pretty much as they please throughout the day...

Our trainer taught us a scent tracking game to play indoors when a walk isn't possible... He says u can exhaust a dog nasally lol. Rusty loves the game.... Got it Down on the first session.... Lola just follows him and celebrates his find by accepting a treat along side him lol
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We walk 1-1.5 hrs a day most days... And like most of you they have free play in the yard pretty much as they please throughout the day...

Our trainer taught us a scent tracking game to play indoors when a walk isn't possible... He says u can exhaust a dog nasally lol. Rusty loves the game.... Got it Down on the first session.... Lola just follows him and celebrates his find by accepting a treat along side him lol
How do you play the scent tracking game?
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