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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2015, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,
got a few play related questions that I need help with!

1. Elnino rains are just starting and we cant go for regular walks (Teddy has an indoor bathroom area) but loves to go for walks (esp when there are stray cats to annoy).
He usually gets taken out 3-4 times a day to play and get some exercise (depending on weather).

We already play tug and chase which he loves.
I've given up on trying to teach him how to play "find the treat" and 'fetch' (he refuses to play for more than a few mins).

Any suggestions of indoor games we can play to keep him happy and entertained?

2. What do your dogs do (if known) when left home alone? Is there something that you know of to keep him occupied and out of trouble?
He wont watch TV even if i leave animal planet or movies with dogs.
I got him a kong toy and he wasn't interested.
We dont leave him alone all day but we need him occupied when we're out (dogs not allowed anywhere in this country so he can't come with us) or if home and cant play with him (eg when doing house work as he gets into everything and has selective hearing esp when he see's the mop or dusters!).

3. Teddy has a yellow plush squeeky duck (its for dogs so its safe). He presses the duck and makes it squeek but he tends to cry randomly when playing with it (esp when making it squeek). He loves his duck and gets upset when its taken away (eg for a wash).
Any idea if there's a reason for his crying? He isn't sick so I cant figure out why he cries.


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Honestly, I'd teach your dog to love his crate, and let him know it's a good place to be. That way when you're gone, he's napping/happy/relaxed/comfy/feeling secure. I leave mine with a soft, small blanket, since they like to nest, and a split deer antler to chew on, and walk out the door. I leave some music or the tv on. What's interesting is that since I started doing this (okay....maybe a month after I started.... ), my dogs stopped barking after I left, and I don't let them out until they're calm when I return. Life is soooo much better. Mine used to run around the house, barking at the doors and windows, long after I'd gone, and my new puppy had taken up howling according to my neighbors. I had to do something different when I got the second dog (wish I knew what I know now when I got my first). It felt wrong at first to crate them, but when I see how less stressed they actually are, we're all happier.

As for the play inside, I'll let others answer. I had to institute a chill out policy, since they were using my house as a racetrack, wrestling arena, and an amusement park whenever they felt like it, and it needed to calm down asap as I have a very small house. I'm lucky I live in Florida, so I can take mine out to play in the dog park or just for long walks pretty much daily. For fun, my dogs actually love little training sessions (5-20 minutes a few times a day), and we have bonding time. Maybe teach Teddy some tricks. My puppy actually brings me the clicker when she wants to play. My guys get super excited and happy whenever the clicker comes out.

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Teddy doesn't bark/cry when I leave. He gets sad (sometimes, he can't care any less!) but I managed to train him not to bark.

There's no issues with him roaming the house when alone. Except for one incident when he chewed out the side of my leather couch because he threw his toy and it got stuck under the sofa! He hates his crate so we only use it for long distance car rides.

The main reason for the question is to keep him entertained and excited as a replacement for going out when the weather isn't good (or when security is a concern).

When weather is good, he gets play dates with neighbours dogs (a few times a week), atleast 2 walks a day and spends about 30 mins looking out of the window to watch the kids from the neighbourhood playing football on the street. He also gets to go to the roof to chase birds and play when the house help goes to do laundry. He's usually happy on regular days and has lots of activities to keep him occupied.

Now that the rains are here, everything has stopped so he seems to be getting a little bored and sad.
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There are puzzle toys that dogs have to work at to figure out how to get the hidden treats out. Maybe Teddy would like something like that to amuse himself on a rainy day. Molly loves her Treat Tower, which can be set to make it more difficult and make her work harder to get the reward.



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There are puzzle toys that dogs have to work at to figure out how to get the hidden treats out. Maybe Teddy would like something like that to amuse himself on a rainy day. Molly loves her Treat Tower, which can be set to make it more difficult and make her work harder to get the reward.
Thanks Molly,

That sounds fun.
I'll look for one online.

We don't get much here but can get stuff on Ebay.

Do you know of any automated chase toys? I've seen toy mice for cats. Its too small to trust teddy with but I cant seem to find one for dogs.
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Dogs don't really mind down time. In fact, they need it. You may be projecting your sympathies onto him when saying that he's sad or bored. The puzzle toys are a great idea. A safe chew toy is another. Two 15 min training periods throughout the day are sufficient to stimulate his mind. He won't mind just lying around the rest of the time if you have these things. Dogs don't need to be entertained or excited.

Here's an interesting article. https://sleep.org/articles/how-much-do-dogs-sleep/
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Thanks Karen,

Appreciate the article.

I guess I'm assuming that he would be bored because I would be bored if stuck home all day!

He does sleep a lot which was another reason for my concern about him getting bored. He sleeps through a lot of the day then at night too! and I assumed he should also be getting max 8 hours sleep per day like humans! Well, based on the article, he sleeps a "normal" amount for a dog!

Teddy doesn't like puzzles but he loves his chew toys.

He does get random training and play sessions (with his human family). Possibly a total of 2 hours a day - some part includes practicing basic commands.

When weather is good, he gets an additional half hour (every day or 2) for doggie play dates with the neighbour's dogs

Hopefully that's sufficient entertainment for him.
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Thanks Karen,

Appreciate the article.

I guess I'm assuming that he would be bored because I would be bored if stuck home all day!

He does sleep a lot which was another reason for my concern about him getting bored. He sleeps through a lot of the day then at night too! and I assumed he should also be getting max 8 hours sleep per day like humans! Well, based on the article, he sleeps a "normal" amount for a dog!

Teddy doesn't like puzzles but he loves his chew toys.

He does get random training and play sessions (with his human family). Possibly a total of 2 hours a day - some part includes practicing basic commands.

When weather is good, he gets an additional half hour (every day or 2) for doggie play dates with the neighbour's dogs

Hopefully that's sufficient entertainment for him.
Sounds ideal! Teddy is a lucky fella.


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I live in Minnesota, where winters are very cold and neither of us wants to go out for a walk.

I bought a "flirt pole", a kind of fishing pole with a lure attached that is meant for dogs. We play with that in my living room. I'm just careful not to reverse direction so Sheldon doesn't twist while chasing it.
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