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Old 12-17-2012, 01:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Advice on good mental and physical games please!

Hello all! I recently adopted a 10 month old doberman from the humane society. Her name is Jasmine and I love her so much! I've always had larger sized dogs, and what many consider to be more dominant breeds, but I'm realizing that the doberman is in a class all it's own. Now that I've gone doberman, I'll never go back! I'm fascinated by the breed!!

I try to give Jasmine as much exercise as I can. I play fetch with her until her tongue is hanging way out at least a few times a day. I also take her on 20-30 minute walks a few times a day. She literally has bins and a playroom full of toys, including kong toys, her tennis balls, toys that are more mentally stimulating (like a sponge ball inside a rubber ball, etc.), and of course her bones. She likes to play tag. I just chase her around the dining room table over and over, and she loves it, shaking her tail and it completely wears her out (me too). All this said, wearing her out doesn't last too long. I've noticed that she likes to take sticks out of the creek in my backyard and line them up. She doesn't chew on them really, she just likes to search for them and then save them from the creek I suppose!

Does anyone have any advice on good mental and physical games I can play with her, or toys that their dobermans seem to take too? I've hid food in milk jugs once they are empty and she has dozens of tug toys as well. She gets bored of the same type of toys easily and I constantly have to switch it up almost daily. She has so much energy and it's been quite the lifestyle change, but it's completely worth it. I just want to make sure that I'm stimulating her intelligence enough since they are working dogs. It's more new to me so any good games and advice would be much appreciated! Nice to meet you all!
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Does she know how to settle? That is just as important as mentical exercise!

Get a flirt pole. Try tracking in a field. Teach her tricks via a clicker to really make her use her brain(operant conditioning). You can also feed some of her meals to her with interactive toys like the tug a jug or a kong wobbler.
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Thank you! Those are really great ideas. I've been meaning to get a clicker. She picks up on trick training within minutes, and I think she'd respond well to a clicker. Thanks for introducing me to a flirt pole! Awesome suggestions! New dobe owner here, so keep them coming please!!!!!
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Another Dobermann to play with! Joking aside,they are amazing at searching and tracking and it is probably kinder to young joints and bones.
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Sometimes on rainy days or when Max seems bored we play the "Find" game.
He does a sit stay in the living room, and I hide a certain amount of treats around the house. I started with treats that have a good smell to them like liver treats. I brush the treats against the furniture or floor before hiding it so that he can use his tracker skills.
Then I go and give him a "Find" signal with my hand. I use the signal after each find if there is another one to look for. Usually I hide 3-6 at a time. Over time, I can hide them in really hard places and he is pretty good about finding all of them. Kinda like an Easter Egg hunt.
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I agree... "Find It" is a Q favorite.

Q also like "Walk with me" - he has to walk very closely at left side around the house, quick turns, around furniture, etc.. then he get rewarded with treats.

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Chasing "Mr Bouncey"

when it's icey outside, one of Q's favorite things is to watch daddy try and walk on the ice. It fascinates him.
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Cadence love "find it" where I hide treats or toys around the house and she has to sniff them out. Also, just obedience trainng and learning tricks seems to work well for the mind. Thanks for adoptingt!!!!
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