Welcome to the chat! I am Dr. Altman and am happy to answer your questions today
Is Chase a Standard or Miniature Poodle? How long are your daily walks and are they fast paced walks or leisurely sniffing walks?
Games to teach: obedience in the house, hide and seek with toys, you can even consider agility work if he is very agile which is a weekly class that is great for bonding and you work on the elements at home in between classes
Dedicated time really does not have to be focused time only. It can be petting while watching television, different periods throughout the day making eye contact with each other, meal times
Chase is a mini poodle. 10 pounds. We walk for 30-40 mins in the AM and about 15 mins in the evening. All at a leisurely pace.
I think we all wish we could devote all of our free time to our beloved pets but it simply is not realistic and if Chase is happy and healthy and is not starved or pushing for constant attention you are doing the best you can.
OK perhaps making the morning walk 50% fast paced will help
Thanks for your help. I would love to play hide and seek. How do you get him to know thats what you are playing?
The pace is not only for the cardiac aspect but it is also great for the mental stimulation versus sniffing and leisure
You can start with a favorite toy and put it in the middle of the room and under a box. Let him see you place it there and then use a word for search. "Find it, seek, where's the toy" for example
Then if he is having a hard time finding it you lift the edge a little and throw a party when he finds it
simple enough. Thanks!
As he learns the game and builds confidence you can hide in the yard, on chairs, under towels
You can use your scent along the way by rolling the ball along the floor as a tracking technique
It does initially take some patience but my dogs are able to find it in different rooms, behind doors, etc
What is your question regarding?
oh... let them track the scent
Yes, with either rolling it on your skin or the saliva on the ball...
since I have you. I also want to potty train him to go indoors. for two reasons.
That can be quite difficult in an adult dog
#1- he pees too much
He drinks 2.5 cups of water a day
so he has to go out often
It took me over a year to teach my adult dog to use artificial turf indoors
when he cant go out, he leaks on himself
It might be worthwhile ruling out physical causes, checking a urine sample and kidney bloodwork
Just to ensure this is not something that can be treated medically
true. I just need to take him to the vet
Thanks for your help!
Yes, it would be best to rule out medical reasons
You are very welcome
Can I assist with any additional questions today?
that will be all. Thanks. Good night