“I have a 9 month old [insert high drive, high energy breed here… let’s call it a German Shorthaired Pointer] GSP. I walk him 2 miles most days and sometimes go to the park. I don’t know what do do anymore, even if I walk him 2 miles he is still so crazy! It’s too cold to walk more than that and I work so it’s hard to get home early enough while there is still light. And I have kids who need homework help so we can’t do much at night.. and then…”
I swear I read posts like this once a week on various web forums. It really drives me nuts on a multitude of levels–breed choice and appropriate exercise being two of the major annoyances. I will get to choosing an appropriate breed in another blog post. Given the weather the last few days, the issue of appropriate exercise has really hit home.
It’s been really cold here recently -2F to about 15F air temp. While Shayne tolerates the cold pretty well, poor nearly-naked Rio does not. They are both fine outside to do some running in the snow but ask them to go for a walk and within minutes Rio is shivering and uncomfortable, and both quickly suffer from snow building up in between their pads causing them to limp and causing me to try to clean their feet… or carry them back LOL. I’m willing to be uncomfortable outside if my dogs are content… but if they aren’t terribly happy, I can’t say I’m disappointed to get to stay inside where it’s warm and dry.
So, I have two high drive, high energy dogs stuck inside except for a few short chuck-it sessions outside. How will I ever survive?!?!
Well, just so happens I spent some time filming some of the fun things that can be done to keep everyone sane and happy!