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Old 05-17-2013, 09:27 AM
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Mia's usually into stuff. Like this morning I found her burying things in my couch cushions. She likes jumping in and out of the tub while I'm not looking. While im at work she often rearranges the dog beds in the x pen. Or she rolls her ball around the house or puts the ball in/on everything she can find. That's how she was 24/7 as a pup but nowadays intersperses sleeping with that. Or just lying down but being awake. The funny thing though is I don't see exercise having an affect on this behavior. Unless its a rare day where we literally go all day (unrealistic for most days) exercise doesn't seem to dent her behavior around the house. We've gone hours at the park and she's still the same. I think it's just her personality and it doesn't really bother me at all. Though it does crack me up when she's doing 'bad stuff' and stops when she realizes I'm watching, waits for me to go back to what I'm doing then starts again.

Summer sleeps or chews something during down time. Summer is super lazy though. I'm pretty sure she'd stay in bed all day if I let her. She does follow me around the house though. I've yet to meet a papillon that doesn't want up in your business.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:28 AM
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I've never pushed izzie to be dead tired. Doesn't interest me. After most activity she'll lay down for a bit, but mostly because I end up laying down for a nap lol!

During down time she'll either nap or lay/sit/stand/follow staring at me. Sometimes she'll play on her own.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:29 AM
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My dogs have crappy off switches for the most part. They don't get into things, they never have, but the pester and Backup paces. He's the reason kennel dogs exist. lol
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Food toys are my favorite thing in the world. I have a treat ball that you can increase in difficulty that will keep her occupied for a good hour or two. Lifesaver.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:33 AM
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Gambit is actually a pretty chill dog. I think his various neurosis take up a lot of mental energy, but usually 1-2 hours of play make him bearable.

When Argon was alive, he considered a 100ft walk to the dumpster to pee and walk back a few times a day plenty. Espcecially if it was cold, rainy, hot, snowy, or otherwise unpleasant out. He was such a slug.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:42 PM
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3 hours at the beach with constant running, swimming, fetching, wrestling and going nonstop tires them out pretty good. But the hour and half drive home restores them and they are ready to go again.

2-3 hours of off leash hiking usually does a good job of tiring them out, while they could still go longer, especially Joey, it takes the edge off and they will chill in the house and not drive me nuts. 3 hours is about my limit so they are stuck with limitations! They can always play in the yard if they want too.
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Milo will get tired - in a sense that he'll come home and lie down even if I'm not also lying down - after about 2 hours of walking or an hour of hiking on a hot day.

But...after an hour or two of napping, he'd be ready to go again. The only times I've really seen him crash for the whole rest of the day or still act kind of tired the next day is when we went boating and he swam way out in the ocean, had to behave when we caught a 15 lb bass, had to go from the dock to the car to load everything and follow lots of commands, etc. I guess maybe he was totally tuckered out after the woodchuck fiasco, too, where he dug a complex tunnel under my shed, fought with a woodchuck, and then had to wait an hour until we could cut up the shed floor and get him out.

2ish hours of swimming in summer will tire him out, but I don't think it EXHAUSTS him, at least not for any substantial amount of time. If he was allowed to swim for longer, I think it would take an hour or so more, but he gets too worked up and starts swallowing water.
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Both of my dogs settle so well in the house, I'm not sure I'd notice when they are "truly tired" versus "good dog".

Meg has done a six hour hike up one of the highest mountains in the state, and was probably truly tired after that. But she can also go on a leash walk around the block and will settle just as well.

I've never had Gusto to the point where he won't get up and play if I want him to - but again, his normal state in the house at this point is pretty mellow.
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The funny thing though is I don't see exercise having an affect on this behavior. Unless its a rare day where we literally go all day (unrealistic for most days) exercise doesn't seem to dent her behavior around the house.
This has been my experience as well.

Keeva is like this. Unless she has an impractical amount of exercise that day, it makes no difference in her little fits of busyness that she often has in the evening - sadly for me. LOL

ETA:Yeah, today we had a lovely off leash hike. Blossom is next to me on the couch. Keeva is rolling around on her back, barking and growling at me/attacking her antler.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:29 PM
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I have a very easy keeper. When he was a young dog he needed a lot stimulation and exercise, at least 2-3 hours a day, but now he is pretty chill. Whenever we're not doing stuff he just watches me or sleeps. Occasionally he chews a bone or plays by himself.

We usually spend an hour each day exercising. He's a little tougher to exercise sometimes as he doesn't care anything about fetch, swimming, or normal dog stuff. So our exercise is usually walking, jogging, biking, or hiking. A few times a week we'll do something more intense, like a longer hike or some open field zoomies. But he's nearly seven and still up for anything I throw at him.
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