My 6-month Standard Poodle is showing definite signs. Any suggestions for alternate games to keep her busy and not thinking of only BallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBallBall? I've taken them away, and we don't play ball (we're on a break), but she does need some more non-fetch style fun. We walk, we rassle, we play tugtug, we chase each other around.
Help, oh experts!
Kath, mom to
Tegan Monkey-face Poodle-heart of the Planet Barklar
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My 6-month Standard Poodle is showing definite signs. Any suggestions for alternate games to keep her busy and not thinking ... some more non-fetch style fun. We walk, we rassle, we play tugtug, we chase each other around. Help, oh experts!

How about clicker training her to jump over obstacles? Start with a small, low cardboard box. Graduate to bigger and more oddly shaped obstacles. Also teach her to jump on top of boxes and other things you've decided she may jump on. Or jump from box to box.

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Use the ball as a reward. With a dog that ball crazy the skies the limit. She'll do anything for that ball. You can teach her tons of stuff and use the ball as a reward.
Have you thought about doing a dogsport like agility? Dogs with drives are so fun to train.
When a dog is that motivated than use it to your advantage. Lauralyn
My agility dogs:
Cheyenne MXJ MX, AAD
Shylo MXJ MX, AAD
Lakota - the crazy BC!
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No kidding!! I would LOVE to have my Belgian be ball crazy! We're working right now just to try & get him moderately interested in toys to help use as motivators for agility! He is silly and very picky in the toys he does play with.
My other dog (a collie-somethin', most likely Golden/BC mix) is toy crazy anything can potentially become a throwable object! Shelly & The Boys
My 6-month Standard Poodle is showing definite signs. Any suggestions for alternate games to keep her busy

Ball drive is a Good Thing and very usable, but she needs mental as well as physical exercise. Get a Buster Cube or similar puzzle toys. There are good little books on scenting games. Hide & seek is great for building a good recall. Teach her the 2-hose game to put you at the center of retrieving instead of being a ball delivery device. Set up backyard agility obstacles. Teach her to weave between your legs. And then there's all the std. obedience work :-)
Lynn K.
My 6-month Standard Poodle is showing definite signs. Any suggestions for alternate games to keep her busy

Ball drive is a Good Thing and very usable, but she needs mental as well as physical exercise. Get a Buster Cube or similar puzzle toys. There are good little books on scenting games. Hide & seek is great for building a good recall. Teach her the 2-hose game to put you at the center of retrieving instead of being a ball delivery device. Set up backyard agility obstacles. Teach her to weave between your legs. And then there's all the std. obedience work :-)
Lynn K.
My 6-month Standard Poodle is showing definite signs. Any suggestions for alternate games to keep her busy

Ball drive is a Good Thing and very usable, but she needs mental as well as physical exercise. Get a ... up backyard agility obstacles. Teach her to weave between your legs. And then there's all the std. obedience work :-)

Being in the middle of updating links on all my pages I've been reminded about musical freestyle - which I think is one of the best acivities for the Standard Poodle. They can be great at many things, I just like his one best for them.
http://dog-play.com/musical.html
http://dog-play.com/musicall.html

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Teach her the 2-hose game to put you at the center of retrieving instead of being a ball delivery device.

2-hose game? I've googled and got nothing useful. Would you explain some more, please?
Thank you (all of you) for the constructive suggestions. I've been looking vaguely at agility, and your encouragement has shoved me further that way. I think this weekend we'll go do some Home-Depot-Fu and set up a jump and maybe some weave poles.
Tegan is a great dog, and she just lights up our lives! There has been no single day since she was gifted to us that she hasn't made us bust up laughing, and no day that she hasn't shown us that she cares.

Thanks again,
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Being in the middle of updating links on all my pages I've been reminded about musical freestyle - which I ... the Standard Poodle. They can be great at many things, I just like his one best for them. http://dog-play.com/musical.html http://dog-play.com/musicall.html

Diane:
Do you have a link to the smashing performance from a few years ago: a woman and her golden, dancing to "You're the One that I Want (c'mon baby, ooh! ooh! ooh!)"
When I want to show people what dogs can learn to do, I show that video, but I lost the link.
Meanwhile, I work on attention heeling in the Figure-8 :-)
Kate
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