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I just adopted a 10 month old dog (I'm told it's an Australian Shepherd mix, but he has really short hair) that was raised with other pets. He's used to other animals and I'm afraid he gets too bored at home, and he also gets too excited when he sees other animals on walks. The second problem I'm not too much concerned about since I plan on getting him training, but the first I am. I can't play with him at all times, even when I am home, so when he brings me toys to through should I just ignore him?

Any toys that are time consuming? I just bought a Classic Kong and The Buster Cube (in the mail), and so far the Kong isn't too much of a distraction. He gives up after he learns he has to work for the treat, haha.

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Sometimes when Sasha's really bored, and I'm too tired to play in the back yard with her, I bounce a tennis ball down the hall. It's not really hard to do while watching TV or reading or doing some other monotanous task that doesn't need a LOT of focus. And sometimes after a while, she'll even get bored of bringing ME the ball and ends up just bouncing it around by herself XD You could also stuff some super high-value treats in his Kong toy, like cheeze and lunch meat, and then freeze it to make it slightly more difficult, but worth it enough not to give up. I sometimes even put a little home made dog-biscuit (Gingerbread man shaped biscuits work best in Kongs) like, right in front of all the goodies so that she can smell it, but has to chew out the biscuit before she can get to it. Also, one more thing I do.. Sasha has a blanket in her crate, and she loves to dig around in it and ball it all up, so sometimes I hide treats within the folds of her blanket, and she has to sniff around and hunt for them =3
 
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