Hello! I have an almost 7 month old toy poodle. I am looking for some new activities to do with him inside my house. He loves to run and jump and all that, he has tons of energy. He also loves it outside. Now, it is getting colder and snowing. Yesterday's snow left us with about 4 inches. He nearly disappears in it, plus it has to be too cold for him to be out long. I live in the middle of nowhere with 10 acres so its very cold and snowy here. I am running out of ways to entertain him inside all day.

I work from home for the most part so we are together almost all day. I get bored playing the same old toys and games with him. He knows a bunch of tricks too that I have taught him but could probably learn some new ones. Any ideas? He knows how to sit, shake, come, kiss, lay down, and jump on command. He is currently working on stay and leave it. What else can he learn? What else is there to do inside with him? There is nothing in my area to do with him so I am at a loss.

Thanks for any help. Take care.

~Jenny (the person) and Maui (the poodle)
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Hello! I have an almost 7 month old toy poodle. I am looking for some new activities to do with ... nothing in my area to do with him so I am at a loss. Thanks for any help. Take care.

you need to teach him to dance. all poodles (and bichons for that matter) should know how to do a little dance on their hind legs. it's just one of those things that they're supposed to do. :-) you can start with a treat held up over his head, get him up on his hind legs, and move the treat in a circle above his head. he should turn to watch it.

i tried this with my pit bull but she fell on her face. i don't think they're balanced right for it.
or you could always try Canine Freestyle, where you dance with the dog. http://www.canine-freestyle.org/whatisfreestyle.html

-)
-kelly
What else is there to do inside with him?I'd suggest Kathy Sdao's videos. I haven't seen them myself, but I've heard a lot of rave reviews. I believe the first in the series is this: http://store.yahoo.com/clickerpets/howofbowwow.html - and there are others that teach different tricks.

Should keep the two of you busy. :}

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Hello! I have an almost 7 month old toy poodle. I am looking for some new activities to do with him inside my house.

Josie and I play hide-and-seek a lot: If she is to get a treat, I get her to sit and wait in the kitchen, and then I hide the dog-chew or whatever somewhere in the house. She is then allowed to hunt for it. Admittedly, this doesn't take a lot of time: wherever I may hide it, upstairs or wherever, under anything, it never takes her more than five minutes to track me and find it, even now she's 12 (after all, she can't have endless chews or treats!). But she loves it, and even after 12 years I'm impressed every time.
When she was younger and we had hamsters, she found them for me every time they escaped, no doubt saving the hamsters' lives, especially the one that managed to fall into a jug under the sink! Perhaps she missed a great career as a sniffer dog!

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I exercise my dog in the house for the same reasons you do. I recommend the ones that get my dog moving. I like throwing a ball downstairs for her to bring back. I set up boxes for her to jump over. If I put the boxes in the middle of the hallway, have her stay at one end, then call her from the other, she gets a running start on the boxes and can get pretty high. I also put her in a stay in one room, and walk quietly to another before calling her. She has to find me.
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Do you have one of those Kong Kibble balls? They are great. You reserve some of the meal and put it in the ball. They will soon learn to roll the ball and eat the kibble that falls out a few pieces at a time. It certainly keeps my lab occupied until he manages to empty the ball.
Do you have one of those Kong Kibble balls? They are great. You reserve some of the meal and put ... out a few pieces at a time. It certainly keeps my lab occupied until he manages to empty the ball.

Thanks for the advice but he does already have one of those. I usually only use it while he is trapped in the bathroom when I am showering. I am surprised how much he likes it and they are great.
I have some home-made agility equipment for my dog that I use in the house.
Toys-R-Us sells a kids tunnel that works great as long as you put something on each side of the entrance so it can't roll. You can make small jumps easily out of anything (but keep them REALLY small at only 7 months of age, you can raise them later when your dog is fully mature).
A pause table is easy enough, just about any kind of flat surface will do.
Crawl obstacles aren't too difficult to create, either. I have one that can be either a crawl or jump obstacle (he's fully mature so can jump high enough) and will use it as both, based on the voice command.
Be careful of some of the contact equipment without a trainer, though. You don't want to do anything that could get your dog hurt. You could lay a board flat on the floor to simulate a dog walk.

Just google "dog agility" and you can find some different types of equipment, and get ideas how to put it together.
I set up mini-courses of 4 or so pieces of equipment scattered around the room then change around the order and try to get him to go to the correct obstacle on voice command alone.
He loves it.
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