Kathryn Posted January 13, 2018 Share Posted January 13, 2018 Due to our long cold spell, we have been figuring out ways to "wear out" our cairn terrier indoors. Oban doesn't like to go outside when it is this cold, and it is dangerous for him (and us) to be out there too long anyway. He does spend plenty of time in his various places for sleeping throughout the house, but he also wants us to play with him more than he does when he gets regular walks (not possible in the weather, even with a coat and boots, which he firmly rejects...). I offer a few suggestions for how we are wearing him out, and would welcome more! (1) We play "come to the person and get a treat." I stay downstairs in the living room, and Steve goes upstairs into his study. We get the dog, and let him know we have high value treats. I call him to me, and give him a treat. Then Steve calls him from upstairs -- he runs up the stairs to get his treat. Then I call him again, and he has to run down to get his treat. Repeat as often as there are treats...and keep him moving... (2) Indoors ball - we play fetch in the back hallway, where Oban can get a good run going without bouncing the ball off the many breakables in the living and dining rooms. It is not a long run-- maybe 20 feet -- but we keep two balls going so he has to be quick about his retrieving. Years ago I had a treadmill, and I tried to figure out how to get Allie to walk on it. She didn't ever figure it out, and it gave me shin splints too often. We don't have it any more... 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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