How do you make sure your Havanese gets enough exercise every day?
Any exercise tips you guys have? Any routine you stick to?
While physical exercise of some sort is important too, mental exercise in training will tire them out even more than physical exercise. "games" and play are fun, but these dogs LOVE training, and there are SO MANY fun things you can teach them, even in a small space.Summer, late spring and early fall are easy, we go on lots of walks and play outside. Winter months in the Midwest is another story. Max hates rain and snow, he will give me the look saying "don't make me go out there". We try to play in doors and to keep his mind active we will play some find it or do some training. Have been thinking about agility training for Max, I think he would be great at it!
It depends whether this is a game for you, or if you are shaping a formal retrieve. When it's toys or balls, I let the dogs call the shots. If they don't bring it back to me, the game is over.I find a stay position hilarious. Both of my dogs (whether they are in a sit position or a down position) watch my every movement (heads bobbing all over the place as they watch me walk around and wait for my release). Max does have a problem with fetch and I'm not sure how to correct it. We will play fetch and he may return the object (ball, stuff animal, etc.) once or twice, but then he gets distracted and starts running around with the object, throwing it around and chasing it. How do you teach him to actually return the object. My other dog does this naturally.......
Video! Video! :wink2: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.
I'll try. Problem is I don't usually have a phone in hand when he determines it's "cracker dog time". I may start carrying a phone with me. The circling the table happens after a good poop outside. What was that commercial for a laxative that used the song "I feel good!" ,or when it's time to go to bed. The hall attack can come out of nowhere.Video! Video! :wink2:
They can certainly do a several mile hike. A several mile jog, on pavement, on a regular basis probably wouldn't be good for them. That's a lot of pounding on the joints of what are, after all, very small dogs. But Kodi, in his younger days, regularly hiked for 5 miles in the woods with us on a pretty regular basis. (OUR health issues have kept us from doing it in the past year or two!)Ferdie has a ton of energy! When we visit an area w/ open grass, she runs and runs in circles (she does this in our house as well but can't get nearly the amount of stretch and not nearly for as much time as in an open area!!). Are these dogs good for distance running? Wondering if she would tolerate a several mile jog.
Every once in awhile Pixel will chase a turkey out of the back yard. She grows about 3" when she comes in to tell us all about how brave she was! LOL!We have a fenced yard with a doggie door and Patti is in and out throughout the day and evening. There's lots of interesting sights and sounds she has to take care of. Chasing and (trying) to scare the Deer off, or barking at the miniature horses across the way is a favorite past time. We live on 11 acres and our neighbors behind us raise tiny horses. The Deer for the most part, will give her a look but mainly ignores her. I take Patti on walks around a golf course three or four times a week, walking 2.5 sometimes 4 miles. She's most active in the morning and evening and typically will bring us her ball or a toy and we'll play Fetch or Tug of War.