Need Suggestions for Gambit

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  1. StillandSilent

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    Gambit is really ramping up the energy lately! He already does daycare 5-6 days a week, 6:30 am to 1:30 pm (my shifts.) We do the dog park on days off, and we walk several miles almost every evening.

    That used to be enough. Now he's doing his bounding deer imitation every time we go out, which always a sign he needs more exercise.

    The problem is, there isn't really anywhere I can let him off leash except the dog park, due to traffic. He doesn't understand toys at all, and has no interest in playing with something like a flirt pole or doing retrieves.

    I think he would excell in something like agility, but there is no way he could possibly attend classes due to his fear issues. I'm not paying for a class for him to spend the entire hour on the floor shut down. Private classes are way too expensive here.

    We do mental exercises and training every single day.

    What might be some good options for coyboy? I want him to be happy and tired out.
     
  2. Kaydee

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    When we lived in a small town I discovered tennis courts. Almost any park has fenced in tennis courts. If you go during off hours and of course allow for people who actually want to play tennis it's like a giant playpen.

    If we don't have time to drive to the reservation we have 3 different courts in walking distance...bring balls or find a stick and it's perfect.
     
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    I'd say up the training... tricks, agility foundations at home, heeling, etc.

    I find that with my guys the more I exercise the crazier they get. It just increases the capacity of their crazy-tank and it takes that much more to poop them out, lol.
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Scooter/bikejor!!!!
     
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    The other thing you could do, if you want to get into agility, is ask if you can bring him and watch a set of classes - no training, just go sit on the side with him and watch/hang out. You could offer to put down money towards a set of classes once he's ready to participate, and I don't think it's an unreasonable request. Providing he's going to behave and not be a huge distraction of course...
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Do you have any kind of yard? If so you could invest in a tunnel, make cheap jumps, make a wobble board, etc to do agility foundations. Weave poles are easy to make too.
     
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    I second the bike/scootering idea for more physical exercise.
     
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    IF you do tennis courts, be aware they are very rough on paw pads.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    Pretty much this. You're creating a super athlete who needs that much exercise before he can even settle down. Less physical exercise and more mental will help a lot I think.
     
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    Unfortunatly, I have no yard and live in a 400sq foot apartment, so I'm limited in what I can do agility wise. Did I mention he can weave toilet plungers, though? :lol-sign:

    We're working on incorperating a neighbor into what we do, so he can get at least a little social stimulation, as well has higher distraction obedience.

    He's the funniest (and most fun) of the coy.
     
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    Upendi&Mina Mainstreme Elitist

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    Is there anywhere you can swim him? I know it works wonders for mina
     
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    Lots of mental stimulation and concentration in skijoring/bikejoring! :p
    (I want a joring dog so baaaaad! :lol-sign:)

    Orrrr, I know backpacking is super mental stimulating. Nosework is freaking hard ass work for dog brains!
     
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    I'm afraid to try any sort of biking/scootering because he's skittish and he does sometimes jerk or jolt unexpectedly.

    Nosework is a great idea, though, and I'm going to look into it.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    This, the more you run a dog the more they want it as a general rule. However, the more you train and challenge their minds the easier they are to live with.
     
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    I forgot to mention that he is learning to swim. Slowly. He very much likes leaping in water that is about 8 inches deep, splashing around like a goof and then leaping out, but he hasn't quite gotten brave enough to attempt a full on paddle. Hopefully very soon, though.
     
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    Can't you take him out to places to run, on a long lead? That gives him space to run and he'll still be safe.
     

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