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Old 02-12-2013, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 6 month old female boxer whom I've had since she was 7 weeks old...her name is Eva. Anyway, I've worked really hard with her in training: she already knows 12 different commands, is crate trained, and hasn't had an accident in the house for 2 months now. She's extremely smart, but sooooo full of energy! I try to give her between 4 and 6 hours of activities everyday; however, I can't always do this. When I can't, she becomes a nut case! She chews through her bed, won't eat, and is all together crazy. Does anyone know what kind of activities I can give her to relieve this high energy level when I can only afford a couple hours for her????
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I would invest in some good toys, look for toys that will challenge her and make her think. You need to mentally wear her out as well as physical
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I agree that mentally stimulating toys will help. Also, keep in mind that she's in her adolescent phase and so she's going to be a little rowdier right now.


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I agree that mentally stimulating toys will help. Also, keep in mind that she's in her adolescent phase and so she's going to be a little rowdier right now.


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That's what I was going to say too, she's just hitting that dreaded "teenage" phase, it's tough but only lasts a couple months.

Do you give her a kong stuffed with frozen treats while crated? I also got this great toy that looks like a dumbbell, but actually folds into a ball, I can stuff it with treats and it keeps them occupied for awhile, I think it's a "JW" toy.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll try a kong. She's got lots of toys, but typically doesn't do much with them in the crate. She also does have friends. Her "big brother" is an older golden retriever that just loves to play with her and I take her to my horse farm daily to hang out with my Australian shepherd. I haven't had any trouble up until this point...so the adolescence stage makes sense! Thanks again guys!
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I completely understand. Our boy is 6 months and agree with the above posts that mental stimulation is just as important as physical. In addition to a regular Kong toy you could try the Kong Wobbler. You put dry kibble in it and they have to manipulate the toy to get the food out. I put tape over some of the opening so it's harder for Gus to get the food out. This takes him longer and wears him out. Now I ask him "you want your wobbler?" and he runs to the kitchen and looks at the top of the fridge where we keep it.
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Mine went through the same phase where anything seemed to be chewable, including my wallet, bed comforter, shoes, etc. They do eventually grow out of that (especially when you catch them doing it and train them that it is wrong). BUT, somethings never change such as completely destroying cheap stuffed toys. For me, cheap stuffed toys ending up being a room full of white stuffing within an hour. So my boxer trained me that cheap stuffed toys are useless.
I'll say that if she is chewing her bed and it has white stuffing, be careful as they tend to ingest that stuff, and then it ends up coming out when then poop, intact. So you end up having to actually pull the stuffing out of their butt because they can't push it all out. Too much info, right????
I had to deal with pulling white stuffing out, as well as Christmas tinsel that Lilly thought would be a great thing to eat, but ending up being pure hell when she attempted to poop it.
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Mine went through the same phase where anything seemed to be chewable, including my wallet, bed comforter, shoes, etc. They do eventually grow out of that (especially when you catch them doing it and train them that it is wrong). BUT, somethings never change such as completely destroying cheap stuffed toys. For me, cheap stuffed toys ending up being a room full of white stuffing within an hour. So my boxer trained me that cheap stuffed toys are useless.
I'll say that if she is chewing her bed and it has white stuffing, be careful as they tend to ingest that stuff, and then it ends up coming out when then poop, intact. So you end up having to actually pull the stuffing out of their butt because they can't push it all out. Too much info, right????
I had to deal with pulling white stuffing out, as well as Christmas tinsel that Lilly thought would be a great thing to eat, but ending up being pure hell when she attempted to poop it.

Hahaha!! Yes, she definitely ate it this time! I found this out when we went for our walk at the park today!
Anyway, I'll be trying the kong tomorrow, and I hope it helps. I'll also be starting up some agility training too...that should REALLY help!
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