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emccraw
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PostPosted: 04/13/06, 12:21 pm    Post subject: Bird Crazy Reply with quote

My female GWP spends ALL her indoor time running from window to window crazyily looking for birds. Sparrows, buzzards, anything that flies. It is driving us nuts. I realize her breed is a game dog, but, holy cow, is there anyway to curb this behavior?
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PostPosted: 04/14/06, 9:37 am    Post subject: Birds Reply with quote

You have a crazy a*s bird dog, that needs running and alot of exercise it sounds like. I had a GSP like this. Ultimately became an outdoor dog most of the time, and was run twice a day off leash at a park across the street. These arent your average lap dogs but a high energy field dog, whoever told you differently lied to you.
A tired dog is a good dog(and a happy dog). 10-15 minutes 2x/day works wonders-and a meat bone to chew on.
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PostPosted: 04/14/06, 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yup, sounds like a bored bird dog to me. i've got a 4 1/2 yr old that still needs muchos exercise and stimulation. she's out on the trails with her wire JRT brother, and sometimes a GSP friend, three times a week for 1 1/2 to 2 hours each hike. then leash walks and ball fetching on the non-hike days, as well as obedience classes. i do the classes just to keep her mind active and to keep her in different environments. plus, my girl has some fear issues with other dogs - bordering on fear aggression - so i'm doing as much as i can around other dogs these days.

like whiskerdog says, this is not a lap dog. major exercise is required and major stimulation. a job is a must for a GWP, and since i don't hunt i'm constantly looking for 'jobs' for her to do in and outside of the house.

have you done any obedience classes? how about agility?? my girl loved agility before i shattered my ankle, and before she developed these dog-on-dog issues. it's a TON of fun and really makes a dog work physically and mentally.

i also feed raw, so that means on some nights the dogs' dinners take them an hour to complete.

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