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So Snow is not even a year old yet, she will be in October. I take her out on walks every day. We usually do 30 min walks sometimes we may have to cut them shorter but we got about 3 times a day sometimes 4 ( i have been taking it easy on walking her alot because honestly i have forgotten the age where it is more safer to take the dogs on longer walks). Then we play in the back yard a lot, running around, fetch, do some basic training, she runs around with Winter as well. Yet she still has the energy of an energizer bunny! I live in a neighbor hood, with quite a few strays, stray "kids" ( people do not watch their kids a lot around here) and people who just let their dogs run of their property toward anyone and anything. I have been trying to think of different things I can do with her to help her get more of that energy out. We do not have any dogs parks, the closest is i think about an hour or more away. She has always been active since I got her toward the beginning of the year, but its just like now she seems to be getting more and more active lol.

I know some breeds are more active then others and I really wish i knew what she was but I don't since she was adopted from a shelter.
Here is a picture of her: ( she is a bit bigger now)



So was hoping to get some suggestions on activities or even books with ideas on things I can do to help burn off some of her energy. Since the walks, massive amounts of play time and training are not cutting it.
 

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I think she should be getting longer walks. Take it up to an hour. Does she like to swim? Take her some where to swim. Get a long-line the first time she is in if she hasn't before. My dogs are dead tired after they get done swimming! She look like a gsd/husky mix. Maybe bot husky but since that is a common mix and I do see GSD in here I am going to say husky :p
 

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Swimming is an excellent way to burn off excess energy. One of my most energetic dogs went to work with me at the stable and was nearly in constant motion. The other high energy dog went for an hours walk in the morning, played fetch or something similar for an hour mid-day, and went for an hour and a half power walk in the evening. Training can also tire them if you challange them mentally.
 

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I will have to kick up the walking time, i was just worried about it hurting her since she is still young ( worried dog mommy what can i say). I never thought about the swimming. I do not know if she likes to swim since we havent been anywhere near-by with the allowance of dogs in the water, which is where that will be hard. Though I will keep it in mind since we normally go to lakes to go fishing and camping ( not so much lately due to family health problems). But i will keep that in mind since I think the lakes we go to, dogs can go into the lakes. Thanks for the tips both of you :)

we were thinking husky/gsd as well cause good lord her coat :p she is just the fluff so i cuddle her when its cold lol and just her unlimited amounts of energy and her banshee cry thing she does xD.

I will have to see, we used to have a lounge line for my horse, maybe that would work just as good.
 

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Definitely husky Shepard.. Are you providing mental exercise as well? 20 minutes of training can be exhausting and an hour chewing on a bone or antler can help mental needs and dental needs. With my huskies, physical tiredness isn't enough...they need a job when eh aren't outside. Mine love antlers and Training helps a lot. Try a new doggie sport and take it slow, 20 minute spurts.
 

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Looks husky/GSD to me! I started biking my dog when she was about 5 months old. Very short rides, going her pace and not a hard run. More like a slow jog pace where I'm on a bike. She didn't pull, I kept her on a flexi-lead to keep it from getting tangled. You can try biking or mushing! I wouldn't know what to do if I couldn't mush my huskies. They LOVE it. One of them would run all day if I let her. They always sprint at first but settle into a nice slow trot. People jogging will pass us. My other husky doesn't like it as much but I do agility with her and it's a blast! I started her in agility at about 8-9 months old (taking it slow and easy of course).
http://www.urbanmushing.com/main.htm

My runner girl (this was a while ago, she's a lot better now.. usually)
 

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Josefins is not yet 2 & she has almost an acre of yard & three other dogs to play with every day & STILL needs to be played fetch with twice a day :/ or she goes magic bananas.
 

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I would agree that a longer walk would be good. I think one hour long walk would be better than several shorter ones. You can also start teaching a "settle" command, which I did with my border collie. He is up for anything, all the time, but when I can't entertain him and he's antsy, or just at times when everyone else is relaxing like in the evening after dinner, I tell him to relax or settle, and he gets his bone and goes to his bed, or lays with me on the couch.
 

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She actually just looks like a white German Shepherd to me, not a mix, like here: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images12/WhiteShepDoceCindy.JPG

They're expensive though, I can't imagine one ending up in a shelter...

Anyway, definitely sounds like some mental stimulation is needed in addition to the physical. Have you tried any puzzle type toys? Or you could stuff his dinner in a kong (layer kibble with wet food or peanut butter to create "cement" to hold it in) so that he has to work for it. Anything like that.
 

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She actually just looks like a white German Shepherd to me, not a mix, like here: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images12/WhiteShepDoceCindy.JPG

They're expensive though, I can't imagine one ending up in a shelter...

Anyway, definitely sounds like some mental stimulation is needed in addition to the physical. Have you tried any puzzle type toys? Or you could stuff his dinner in a kong (layer kibble with wet food or peanut butter to create "cement" to hold it in) so that he has to work for it. Anything like that.
White shepherds can end up in the shelter just like any other breed, we have Shiloh at the shelter I volunteer with right now. He's a great dog and really I'm surprised he's been there for as long as he has (4-5 months now I think).

I agree Snow looks like a white shepherd and longer walks and/or biking with her would be a good idea.
 

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Thanks everyone for the input! Yeah she really doesn't bark when she does it is rare. She has this weird banshee wail she does LOL.

We went and bought one of those treat dispensing toy as well as an antler.

She loves to chase and jump up to catch things never would of thought of a flirt pole. I will definitely look into that. I would look into other dog sports but where I live there really isnt much so I think the biking is going to be my best bet lol.

Again thanks everyone for all the help and input!!

I am also going to start giving her longer walks ( min of an hour) as well.

I am going to look into that urban mushing. I have a bike that has been sitting and could use some love :p and I think she would enjoy that

Had to add this in: thank you Sibe for the website!
 

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Thanks everyone for the input! Yeah she really doesn't bark when she does it is rare. She has this weird banshee wail she does LOL.

We went and bought one of those treat dispensing toy as well as an antler.

She loves to chase and jump up to catch things never would of thought of a flirt pole. I will definitely look into that. I would look into other dog sports but where I live there really isnt much so I think the biking is going to be my best bet lol.

Again thanks everyone for all the help and input!!

I am also going to start giving her longer walks ( min of an hour) as well.

I am going to look into that urban mushing. I have a bike that has been sitting and could use some love :p and I think she would enjoy that

Had to add this in: thank you Sibe for the website!
Good luck!
 

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Thank you! I honestly cant wait to read more about the urban mushing i have always had an interest in it but this will be the kicker since I really never had such an active dog that is full on energizer bunny. This is going to be a lot of fun! Mostly since teaching her the commands will help with the training and mental stimulation.
 

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I'd be looking at games that make her think (shaping, etc.) and use her nose - (tracking, scentwork). I thought she looked like a WGS (around here they are definitely not rare nor expensive) until I saw the tail which makes me think there's something nordic in there.
 

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I will also look into games as well, I think the scentwork would be pretty interesting. She is enjoying the treat dispensing toy so much.

And snow already has the rubber torn on the toy o_O
 
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