|Barked: Wed Oct 10, '12 9:28am PST |
|First, get well...heal!
Second, been there. A good GSD is bred to be an Eveready Bunny... they are SUPPOSED to be able to go at a [GSD] trot all day... every day. The energy is potentially boundless
The only way you can reasonably wear them down is with mental stimulation. Others have posted some great ideas. I'll add... while in adolescence (which might continue, depending on your dog, through to 3 or so ), don't neglect obedience training in general and focus training in particular. A bored GSD is a really bad idea... lol. They can find 'hobbies'.
On 3 November, Charks will be 6(!). We mostly function as a team. Energy level? Still off the wall... We walk 5-6 miles per day and go to classes 3 days per week (2 agility classes and 1 therapy dog/situational obedience class). IF I am unable (family or other commitments) to walk and exercise her, we use a really good group daycare/boarding facility. Charks is dog friendly, so this works well for humans and canine. The mental stimulation is what wears her out. It's hard work interacting with a group of dogs... much more work than the physical play.
We continue to work together. Charka and I have learned how to live and work together. I truly cannot imagine a better canine partner... and I DO laugh when I remember how we've gotten to this place. I also have no desire to relive it
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