Score: Sirius' Energy - 7,842 Me - 1

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Postby BullyLady » February 23rd, 2009, 12:35 am

But at least I scored one, right?? :wink:

Some of you know that I have had a major problem with Sirius' excessive energy. He doesn't have any prey drive and hardly any food drive, much unlike the bullies that I am used to, so he has presented a special challenge for me. Additionally, when his energy builds up to much he gets antsy and obnoxious, and even a little agressive biting the cats and us.

Obedience (mental stimulation) helps a little bit, but because of his looooow drives he looses interest quickly. Walks just wind him up even more, goodness only knows why, and I can't run so that's not an option either. We start agility in the spring, but that was the soonest we could get him in and meanwhile winters especially are really hard on us as a family with Sirius. Playing with other dogs helps, but it has to be other danes otherwise he mooshes them and well, I don't own any other danes! :| Soooo..... someone suggested to me that I ride a bike and have Sirius next to me so that he can actually RUN and maybe that would help. The roads are finally dry so I decided to give it a try.

And? I WIN!!! After half an hour Sirius just flat out couldn't run anymore. My legs were jelly too, I had no idea that it was such a good workout for me! lol I did run over him once because he cut in front of me, and I feel so bad cause I tore one of his pads off. But other than that he seemed to enjoy it, and I think we will be doing this more often. This evening he's not totally wiped out, but he is definitely kind of tired and a little calmer than usual. Maybe three or four times a week of this will have him acting like a normal dog! :)
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 23rd, 2009, 1:13 am

Ummm...I think we're gonna need video of this. It must be quite a sight to see! lol
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 23rd, 2009, 8:22 am

Screw the video of this - I want video of a Dane doing agility! I've never seen that. lol

And Inara says she would love to be smooshed by Sirius if we ever get out your way. She adores Danes and gigantic dogs that can wipe her out with one paw. She'd be in love.
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Postby Tiger » February 25th, 2009, 12:30 am

When I was a kid I had a friend who had a Dane that seems to be Sirius' twin. They taught him to pull a cart to wear his behind out. He always got to pull the groceries home from the store. Maybe something to think about for Sirius, too :-)

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Postby AllAmericanPUP » February 25th, 2009, 12:36 pm

Bikin is great exercise for dogs and humans! I need a new bike for this spring/sumer..

also you can rollerblade with him if that interests you..
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