A bit of backstory: I recently moved to Southwest Colorado and adopted a blue heeler pup named Henry. Iíve had him since he was about 8 weeks old Ė he is six months now. He is overall a wonderful dog. He knows a lot of tricks, is fully housebroken & crate trained, and has pretty good recall for his age.
My problem: I live alone with Henry and work full-time, as many do. I try and walk him for an hour or two every day before work, unless the weather is bad, in which case we play inside. It is currently winter, so although Colorado has many nice trails to hike, we really cannot take advantage of that right now with all the snow and freezing rain weíve had. I try to keep him mentally stimulated as well and we often work on new tricks. I also just started puppy obedience classes with him. It is worth noting that I do not have a fenced in yard and I am renting.
It is just never enough. I knew that heelers had a LOT of energy, but this is nuts. Iím sort of at my wits end. When I do crate him to go to work, heís a madman after. He runs circles in my apartment and play bites way too hard, which Iím trying to break him of. The only thing that truly tires him out is the dog park, and I pretty much refuse to go there because a lot of dog owners are unbelievably irresponsible and bring aggressive dogs. It is always a tense situation and I have no desire to go back.
With it being winter, he is just not getting enough exercise and he has cabin fever.
Iím getting discouraged and feel very overwhelmed, which in turn makes me easily lose my patience with him. This is my first dog (I had dogs growing up, but now I live away from home) and I want to make this work! My parents have told me to just rehome him because Iím in over my head, but I donít want to do that. Iím proud of him, overall, because he isnít a bad dog. But I feel like a bad owner. Today when I let him out to pee during my lunch break, he play bit me in the face. Thatís a big no. I reprimanded him, but then felt bad because it is my fault. He should be exercised better, but I just donít know how.
Please, does anyone have any suggestions? Henry is nonstop, 24/7. If I didnít crate him, I swear he wouldnít sleep. Help!