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I've got a 7 month old shiba inu/collie mix that has a ton of energy and I need some ideas to drain it. She has been on 1 long walk earlier this afternoon (over a mile) and about 2 hours ago I took her on a walk around our apt complex and ended at a tennis court to play fetch (she can't be off the leash) until she was pooped.. and it definitely took awhile. This is typically the daily routine.. a few walks and some fetch.

Well.. she was tired from fetch for about 30 minutes, and then she ran in circles around the living room for 10 minutes.. and she is just running around being silly now. I'm probably going to take her to the small hill outside my apartment that she likes to run up and down on on her retractable leash. It's so funny on the hill.. whenever we walk by it she just runs up and down and up and down... its like a switch. Usually we will direct her walks by this hill just so she can do that for awhile.

I love that she has so much energy, but jeez... I can't keep up!! Does anybody know any fun games I can play with her to get her tired? playing fetch and going on walks are fun and all, but I can only take so much...

And, like I said, Im not comfortable with her being off a leash if she's not at the tennis or basketball court we have here. However, I do have a 26 foot retractable leash.
 

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Welcome to puppyhood. My almost six month old has lots of energy too. I don't know what to tell you since mine wears me out too. Always getting into things. I do have quite a bit of toys. In the room I am in now, I have to dog beds full of toys. She likes to go through them and pull things out. Just a idea.
 

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Puppyhood.. I miss the days when she played a little and slept a lot!

She has a ton of toys that I switch out every once in awhile. We have a toy box for her and she likes to go through it and when she is really hyper she dumps it all over the floor, picks one, runs around, picks another, runs around. She'll squeak on one while kicking around a tennis ball and chasing after it.
 

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It depends what your dog likes to do but a flirtpole can really help wear a dog out. Swimming is also great if your dog enjoys water.

Some dogs are very high energy, especially as pups. Have fun with that.
 

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Excersise is great for the body. But what also works is training. maybe join a local agility, fly ball, trick training class with her. Gives her a bit of a outlet. My dog loves agility, gives him a outlet. we do atleast 2 hours of walking/hiking/ball playing/swimming a day. But he still, at 6 years old gets antsy, some quick 15 min training sessions helps him out alot.
 

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One of my dogs is really hyper. What I have found wears her out more than anything is making her think. We play games (pretty simple ones, like find the treat) and it really helps. My dogs also love their kongs, they keep them busy and give them something to think about. Remember, though, she is just a baby. Good luck!
 

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My mutt is about 10 months old now and I play fetch with her for about an hour or more a day. :p I'm talking like 100 yard throws with the chuck-it every time to... If it's cool outside she won't slow down at all. If it gets up around the 90's then she starts to putter out a little earlier.
 

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What about biking with her? This can really wear out a dog fast! You can have her on leash, or there's a special attachment for a bike called Springer.

Start slowly, so no one gets hurt, and always wear a helmet. Choose an area with low traffic. I find it works best to keep the dog on the right side right from the start, so they're not running out in the middle of the road. I've taught my dog "gee" and "haw" for turns, which always earns us a chuckle from onlookers!
 

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What you describe uses her body but not really her mind. Do things like obedience training, learning new tricks or games such as find it (an object that you've hidden), and power walks, a walk not on flex-lead where she has to stay by your side without running ahead, sniffing, pottying, etc. unless you first give the ok, are all things that make her use her brain as well as her body.

If she has basic obedience skills (come, sit, down, stay) agility lessons would be good. If she loves to play fetch, perhaps flyball would be a good option. But it all starts with obedience.
 

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I would take her out at least twice a day for the running games. And then start some mental training, like the others mentioned. Mine love clicker training and there's even a monthly thread here to encourage certain tricks. It's really fun. Here's the thread. Come and join us!
 

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I've been working with her on walking properly on a leash. We just learned it in obedience class last Sunday, and while she's getting better, we can go more than about 15 minutes before she starts flipping out. She's getting better, but she just loves to run and the retractable leash has given her that freedom. When she is ok with walking, I plan on giving her a try on a bike.

I am sure she would love a hiding game! I will look into that :)

And I've never heard of flyball. Do I have to join a club or pay to join? I would like to get her into agility classes as soon as I can, but I don't really have money for it now. I'm graduting from college in September.. I have to make sure I have a job first :(
 

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You'd be surprised how much Mental Exercise can work off a dog's energy. In fact, it's so tiring that you should usually keep training sessions to less than 20 minutes. Begin with basic obedience; but if you like dancing you should check out canine freestyle.

Teach your dog to do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePalTFw5iKM
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Go to youtube.com and search "Kate and Gin" It's a great canine freestyle routine performed on Britain's Got Talent. Love it!
 

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I agree that doing things to excercise his brain will work best.

For the times that you only need to excercise him... try getting a bike attachment. I purchased the k9 bike jogger. This paricular jogger has a bar that comes out from the bike so the dogs can't get too close to the bike. It also has a strap so you can convert the pole to a leash if you want to bike somewhere to pick something up and need it. I use the strap for the leash as a safety and clip it on to the bike too.

My dogs love running full speed and can go 10 kms. On the bike I can bike their speed.

I use this for all three of my dogs. We bike two of them together (we have two attachments) the lab mix and pug mix both have so much energy (both are around 2 years old) and will go 10 kms. The other a chi, LOVES to go on the bike but she can't go nearly as fast so we take her at her own pace around town. I think it would end up being 1-2 kms. I highly recommend it.

You should see how excited they get when they see us getting the attachments out of the drawer.
When we walk in the yard to get our bikes the dogs are already standing next to the bikes and walk with us to the front of the house to be strapped in. I would highly recommend getting a harness (any harness that allows their shoulders to move) if you decide to get this.

If you get this attachment they are instantly trained to ride on the bike with you. The great thing is you can lose all their energy and then train with the walking.. that way they are a little more tired and can focus more.
 

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Hi, I have a beagle basset mix who is also pretty full of energy, I recently had him neutered and that seemed to really mellow him out, he's still very energetic however a couple laps around the apt complex and about an hour or so of playing now wears him out pretty well, so I highly recommend having her spayed if she's not already, this also really helps with behavioral issues she may have, a couple of other suggestions find a you she really likes have a seat on the couch throw it get her to come back to you and "wrestle" it out of her mouth, throw it again and so on and so forth, all while your comfortably on the couch! I've also heard of people training their dogs to use tread mills, which I've seen on craigslist or free, you may also want to attempt to teach your dog that sometimes she is just going to have to entertain herself by just ignoring her, sounds mean but you need time to relax and take care if stuff and if she used to always getting her way then she probably wants to play all the time which if you live by yourself isn't really feasible ya know, now don't quote me on that last one because that by no means positive on that! Lol just seems like that may be somethin ya wana train em on, hope any of this helps! Good luck!
 
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