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Restless Rascal

If Rascal could talk in a human voice, I feel confident she would be pulling the classic whiny tween “Moooom, I’m boooored!” right now. The weather has been cold and that means our trips outside have been both shortened in duration and lessened in frequency. And she is a bit restless. I need to figure out how to entertain her indoors.

The house is not really big enough (or a suitable layout) for her to run inside. Not to mention if she does attempt it the cats get agitated and I have about ten seconds to diffuse the situation before all hell breaks loose.

This is new dog mom territory for me. Misty was small enough she could run as hard as she could through the house to expend her energy. Jenna was such a mellow dog, she didn’t really run around much indoors. She knew there were trips outside during the day and she made the most of them so once back indoors she would just hang out with me calmly. Rascal, on the other hand, is so full of energy she wants to play constantly. She loves to run and when she runs she is a blur. (I have tried to get video of her on one of her fast-as-she-can-go sprints but can’t manage to get a good, clear video. Trust me when I say she is FAST!) She just itches to run and jump and play all the time.

I haven’t a clue how to get her energy out while stuck indoors due to inclement weather. She has toys of course, most of which she destroys within an hour tops; but that doesn’t really address her need to stretch out and run.

Anyone have any ideas on how to keep a very active pooch stimulated and happy whilst confined to the not-so-great indoors?


One thought on “Restless Rascal

  1. Work her, sweetness. Draining excess mental energy can make a big difference in a dog dealing with pent-up energy. Create a training list for yourself of things you want to teach her; then, start teaching her. Start with 10-minute increments, and make sure you end each exercise on a positive note – I use the word “okay!”, followed by about one minute of quick petting, patting and massage to indicate that a training session is completed.

    And I just realized these are things you probably already know and might already be doing. Sorry. :/

    You mentioned the walks would have to be shorter and less often. What about putting a sweater on her, bundling yourself up, and walking her for longer periods that way? Just a thought..

    Sending you lots of love and many hugs, sweetness. I hope you have a great weekend…
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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