Join Date: May 2016
Location: Naples, Florida
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Living in a condo in an area with 5 months of oppressive 90+ degree outdoor heat calls for creative solutions, and Tux is creative when it comes to "working out". One routine is called "Circle The Table" (on the rug) as fast as possible, reversing directions (still full speed) with each completed circle, while simultaneously growling ferociously. The next exercise (Hall Attack) is accomplished by speeding down the 50' long hall on slippery marble floors, sliding full speed into, and bumping the wall at the end by turning sideways at the last second (to protect one's brain), and after being repelled off the wall and landing on all fours, reverse direction and do the same maneuver at the opposite end of the hall. Repeat over and over again without resting until tongue begins to hang out and Mom and Dad stop gawking in amazement at the "creativity". "Performing for Food" by twirling endlessly on hind legs until the banana or strawberry is granted. "Hunting Prey" by going after the stuffed squirrel tied to a string that Mom seems to never let go. "First one to the Front Door" by being released from the restrictive leash the second the elevator door opens. Finally, the best one of all is AGILITY SCHOOL!!!
Forget FETCH. That one lasts a couple of throws and then digresses into "Keep Away and Kill". Tux hates long walks, and so did our other Havanese. They seem to thrive on bursts of speedy activity followed by a long stretch-out on a cool floor and a nice nap. Learning tricks and obedience is a nice way to avoid boredom, but I suspect it's the treats and hugs that follow, that spur his real interest in that.