|Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 11:09pm PST |
Jasper's knees have been going downhill in the last year or so. His patellas are luxating on both sides...grade 1 on the right and 1-2 on the left, so in theory it's not too bad, but it's making him very uncomfortable. He's taking a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and he's at a good weight.
In the past we've done a lot of running and biking together, but now he's getting to the point where he is obviously in pain the day after even moderate execise. For example; on Thanksgiving he came with me to visit the in-laws and spent a few hours running around with his best dog-friend...the next day he was limping. We tried a short round of Rimadyl, which sent him to the emergency clinic with severe vomiting/diarrhea. Not going there ever again.
So we've been walking a lot. He gets out and about every day and we walk or go for a slow jog to keep him fit. The problem is, he's BORED. I think we'd have to walk all day to get him tired like we did with an hour long run or ride.
Now I'm looking for a sport or activity to get his brain engaged without aggravating his knees. A customer suggested nose work, so I've sent off an email to a dog daycare in my area that offers nose work classes. I've also been teaching him new tricks, which we're both enjoying. We have a myriad of puzzle toys, and I'm not sure whether Jasper or the cats have more fun with them!
Does anyone have any more suggestions for engaging the brain of a VERY smart dog whose mind is in better shape than his body?
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