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Hi there. I have a toy poodle that is about 7 months old. He is super energetic, and I try to play with him anywhere from a half hour to an hour when I get home from work. I don't really walk him outside because he's just a little over 4 lb and mainly trained on wee wee pads. plus he only just got his last round of vaccinations, which is why I didn't take him outside. Any suggestions on how to exercise him more? I want to make sure that he's getting enough activity. Thanks in advance!
 

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Search for posts with "brain games". You'll find more than a few :). Training is still play for them, and it can wear them out as if they had taken a long walk. AKC has a Trick Dog title but nothing says you actually need to compete. You'll find ideas there. Also the Canine Good Citizen program is something you can train, and if you should ever want to go for it, you'll be on the fast track.

https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/

https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/

Also look up "flirt poles". They're great for exercising in a smaller area.

You'll hear from other soon, I'm sure.
 
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Brain games etc are great, but I would also start walking him outside to get him used to the big wide world. Start somewhere quiet, and just sit and watch if he has any concerns - if he has not been socialised he may find it a bit overwhelming at first. Reckon on walks being about learning to be comfortable around people, traffic, dogs and all the rest, rather than physical exercise - he will use his brain processing the smells and sounds and sights. Once he is at ease with it all longer walks to enjoy will be fun for both of you.
 
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If you are looking for things to do inside, get a flirt pole. It’s easy for you and tiring for them. They love to chase the toy, running around in circles or however you move it and jumping up to try and catch it.

If you want to exercise the brain (which can wear them out too), try some interactive toys/puzzles, puzzle balls, etc. if you go to amazon, if you type in interactive toy dog it pulls just lots of different things up. Also with the puzzle balls, the dog has to roll it around (walking) and gets rewarded with small treats. If the dog food kibble is small enough you can also feed meals using one of these.


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My advice, even though he is small, take him outside for walks, he will love it !

Toy poodles, no matter their size, are really athletic little dogs and they love being outside in the world, even in the city.
 
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