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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Exercising Fido When You Can't Join In

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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Oliver Keeps me Company

Home from vacation, I'm grappling with more than just jet lag. After a minor scuffle with a scooter turned into more than just minor, I find myself stitched up, swollen, sore and worse yet--unable to walk the dogs. Ugh! 

So here I am, gimpy and unable to do the one thing I talk about the most on this site--exercise my dog. It's time to get creative and use my mind to wear out Tanner and Oliver. Here's the plan. If you can add anything, please leave a comment or join in the conversation on our Facebook page. I'd love your help!
  • Start the day with a treat dispensing toy to make mealtime last longer
  • Laser tag mid morning
  • Fetch with soft toys at mid-day
  • Mind stimulating puzzle toys on and off throughout the afternoon
  • Practice the Call command on and off all day
  • Train the Stay command in various locations as I get up and move
  • Serve dinner in a scatter, giving each dog a room to play "go seek your food."
Too bad I can't train Tanner to bring me a drink from the kitchen. Better yet, I'd really like to get him to take Oliver on a walk around the yard. Tanner knows the boundaries and won't leave them, but Oliver always goes outside on a leash because of birds of prey in our area. Tethered to Tanner by a leash, Oliver would be quite safe from predators. Is there anyone out there that has tried something like this? What an interesting skill for a dog to learn. Maybe it's time to call on our trainers, huh?
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End of the Day Success--Sleepy Oliver
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Oskar said...

We hope to be gettting some puzzle toys for me soon!

Nubbin wiggles,

AngelPups said...

Sorry you've got a broken spoke...there are three of us here and if anyone tied us together to walk each other we'd be stangled in a heartbeat ;-) Hoping you find a way to keep your guys busy and active while you recurperate!
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie

Carol's Critter Corner said...

Great article and appropriate for me since I have a bad hip. I do take the dogs to the dog park but not often enough for great exercise. Thanks for coming by my blog. Cute photo of Oliver and you above. Take Care.

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