I have a Lab who will be 2 next month. I'm at the point where I just don't know what to do with him anymore. He's crate trained and has been through obedience lessons. We have a second dog that he gets along with. He just does not stop! The minute he's out of the crate he is caging and pacing, searching for food and getting into mischief unless I pen him in one room. Then he lays down. But if I take my eyes off of him for a moment he's in trouble. He's in the garbage or my biggest pet peave, up on my counters stealing whatever he can reach. Tonight it was a container of half and half. I let them out into the yard to run around, he digs holes and she sneaks out under the fence.
I'm really at a loss. I am trying to avoid constantly having to cage or tie him up like a prisoner. But any chance I try to trust him ends up in something getting broken or stolen or eaten...
How much exercise does he get? Sounds like a dog who needs a job to do. Most pacing is due to boredom or anxiety problems. Digging in the backyard and getting into mischief is most likely due to boredom. Having a big yard for a dog to run around in does not count as exercise. They need the mental stimulation that all the sights and smells of a walk have to offer. Mental exercise is equally important as physical exercise, especially for a hunting type dog that has been genetically bred to hunt and work.
I don't think i would be anxiety but I can see it being boredom. As I sit here posting with the gate up in the family room he's laying here calmly. But if I were to take the gate down I have no idea what he would be up to.
We used to do our walks once, sometimes twice a day. At least a mile walking around my development and to be honest I never noticed that much of a difference. This behavior has been going on for the entire time. A while back I hurt my knee and then our new baby came and he just stopped taking walks. How much exercise do you suggest?
It is possible that he's acting up because of the baby.I would take him on 2 walks with the baby in the stroller, if the weather permits, and then get your husband to take him on a long run after dinner. See if you can give him a bit more attention, special treats, maybe another toy or two. Just an idea.
I am in agreement with PEN. The walks with the baby are a good suggestion. Also, it's important not to leave the second dog out of any activity. He's a lab, does he play frisbee at all? Mine do. Labs are usually very good at it. You should give that a try. Also, swimming would be a change for him as well. You need to mix it up.....They can't do the same thing every day. They get just as bored as we do. Good luck.
one thing i do with my hyper guy is throw a tennis ball outside and even inside(up and down stairs, hallway, ect) i do this when I maybe dont have a ton of free time for a walk,when it rains and alot in the winter. It wears Jasper right out! Otherwise I walk my dogs a lot longer than 1 mile.
Take something he will usually get from the tables. Tell him to sit then slowly put it on the floor. If he moves, correct him to sit again. Tell him to leave it after it's on the floor. If he looks away that's a very good sign as well. As for the digging. Try to stay on the other side of the fence and catch him in the act and correct him.
For a lab I would imagine 1 mile is not enough. Try walking with him for 2 hours a day.. and make him concentrate on walking. Try skating, cycling, or jogging. Dogs like that speed instead of a slow walk.
If you google "dog treadmill" you will see lots of information and some treadmills that are not motorized and made especially for dogs. (Though if you use the people kind it can be useful for the whole family! LOL) I'm not posting a link to any that are for sale because we can't post links to sites that sell things, but a google search should get you all you need.
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Is there a trustworthy teenager that lives near you that you could hire to exercise the dog? If you have a new baby, I know you are sleep deprived and overwhelmed with domestic chores and it isn't practical to take a baby outside as much as this dog needs.Also if you have an injured knee you probably aren't able to run or do a lot of physical activity on top of being on your feet taking care of a baby and household.
I once had a trainer tell me that labs need several miles of excerise a day. He is probably board. Since that are a retriveing breed, they are very high energy, and most I know a puppy like into older age. Try a Kong, longer walks, the tennis ball thing. Anything you can do to get him going and tired. I would even think about the treadmill idea, most show people do that. Lots of luck
This sounds like a dog who needs to get into agility!! even if you or your husband dont want to do it, start asking around, there might be a coworker or a nieghbor, or even a kid, who would love the chance to give it a try. Exercise Exercise Exercise, the more he gets the better of a dog he'll be. it might be worth it to hire a professional dog walker. or even just a dog loving kid. for indoor fun, try a kong. its a little rubber toy that you can put PB in, and ur dog will spend hours licking it out. it'll keep his mind working, and give him a non-destructive goal to reach! check a pet supply store, there are tons of toys like this. I've even heard of a contraption where the dog learns to put the tennis ball in a cup, and then he pounced on a flap, andthe tennis ball goes flying. it would take a good deal of effort to train him to work it, but once he gets the hang of it, he could entertain himself for hours on end!!