Here we are again posting about fall K9 Kamp hosted by our friends Kol’s Notes, Peggy’s Pet Place and You Did What With Your Weiner. These days, keeping all of us fit and worn out has not been an easy task. It seemed that since Bailie arrived, the only worn out one was Mom, but we now are getting the hang of our new life. Just when we were figuring out an outdoor action plan, the weather turned and sent us K9 Kampers into the house. How do you wear out dogs in the house? With a four month old puppy, a seven year old, and an eleven year old, there are all kinds of requirements and restrictions when it comes to exercising so it was a challenge getting a plan together.
We still take our usual walks, Bailie comes along with us on walks that are half an hour long or less. When we take our longer walks, Mom takes Bailie out for her walk after we come back (thus Mom is tired out, but well exercised). The K9 Kamp challenge is to play games or do fun things for an extra thirty minutes a day at least three times a week. Katie is a soccer loving dog, so Mom kicks her the ball and she chases it down. We found out that Bailie likes to chase, so that got those two running around a bit, but then with the rain, playing in the yard was no longer a good option.
If you have a puppy, you know they have so much energy! They sleep hard, but when they are awake, if they aren’t busy with you, they are into trouble. One night, Mom got out the laser pointer and Bailie just loved it! She chased it around for ten minutes before Mom finally quit. We got a video of it in the dark but being dark the quality was poor, so Mom redid a video in the afternoon but the laser was harder for Bailie to track. After playing with the laser pointer, Mom has to take Bailie for a short walk or she will keep looking for that red dot!
The absolute best way to wear out dogs is to let dogs play with dogs, and lately that has been going on a lot in our living room. Let’s just say that Mom is considering selling the furniture and buying a wrestling mat! The K9 Kamp activity for this month wanted Mom to participate as well, but for this portion, she is just the referee with a video camera. We all love to chase and wrestle. We were doing it outside before it got so wet, then we could really run, but we have quite a bit of fun indoors too.
What I’m barking at, is that if you are stuck indoors, there are options. If you have a crazy dog like my sister Bailie, get a laser pointer, if you have more than one dog, let them wrestle a bit, or toss some balls around in your basement. It is all fun and we just enjoy playing. It may not be thirty minutes at a time, but ten here and ten there add up to quite a bit of time in the course of a week!
On a side note, a new blogger friend of ours, Jen, wrote a review of my book Tales of a French Scent Hound, and did a video of her young son’s opinion of the book. Take a look if you are thinking of getting my book for children – they love it!