WoW-thank you everyone for giving me HOPE and for providing a light at the end of the tunnel (even if the light is dim and the tunnel is long at this point in time)
Your stories made me chuckle out loud when reading them and re-reading them! Tuss' story about chewing tissues, tissue boxes, cardboard, wooden spoons...I can really relate to that! And I loved the story about the frazzled husband...can REALLY relate to that, too! Let's add "chewed through cushion on old couch sitting out in the mudroom." Gotta LOVE Ernie 'cause now that yucky ol' couch is FINALLY in the barn where it belongs!
Ernie is a great little guy, he really is! I hold him, cuddle him and say, "There's gotta be an OFF button someplace here...let's take a look 'n see!" He loves that game but it usually ends when he bites my big Roman nose!
Yes, cannot wait for the day when Ernie's switch finally "flips."
To also help Ernie burn energy, I want to mention that I bought him several puzzles and he loves them a lot. All puzzles are some type of "hide 'n seek" game that I load with treats, etc. Eventually, your dog learns how to locate the treats by maneuvering the puzzle, etc. With some games, the "challenge" can be increased...or when Ernie gets too good at one purzzle, I just switch to another. It's great interactive time between Ernie & me. Loads of fun to watch Ernie catch-on-to and eventually "solve" the dog puzzles.
Only other thing that calms him down (for a bit) is a high-quality bully stick! Ernie loves those things. However, I hesitate giving him too many 'cause they are loaded with calories. Usually, I pick the stick up and put it away when Ernies gets bored with it. Sometimes, an extra-thick, 6" stick will kast 3-4 days!