Excessive barking, fence running, digging and
are revealing behavior patterns that may initially begin as acting
out to overcome boredom. PON owners are encouraged to be pro-active
and try these budget friendly activities with their PONS.
Tossing a Ball.
Make sure you toss the ball
long, rather than high. The reason you want to throw the ball
for distance, not height, is because you do not want your PON
jumping and injuring his/her joints. Make sure that the ball is
large enough to prevent a choking hazard.
Get your PON involved with other local dogs to play together.
Dogs are social or pack animals and enjoy this physical and mental
stimulation. Not only is the exercise essential but the
socialization skills the dogs practice with each other is priceless.
If this is not possible, join a training class and learn the basics
for obedience training which you can use with your PON at home. Once
this takes off, you can continue to compete in obedience
Many PONS are ball driven and go crazy for Fly Ball as a form of
exercise. Although there is a definite amount of training to
accomplish correct fly ball, a considerable number of dog clubs
offer fly ball for free. Contact local kennel clubs for more
Hide and Seek.
Teach your PON to "find
it". Your PON will enjoy the mental work out as well as the
physical exertion of locating his favorite toy or treat. Mix things
up by changing the location of where you hide the toys and what toys
are being hidden in your house and yard.
One of the instinctual habits dogs
have developed is the ability to weave in and out of trees while
chasing its food. Use a few new plungers adhered to your wood or
tile floors and teach your dog to weave his way in and out of the
plungers. Start slow and over time you can graduate your PON to even
faster Weave Poles
Jumping Over the bar
If you're confided inside
your home, you can use two kitchen chairs and place an item like a
broom between the lower rungs on them and teach your PON to jump
over the bar on command. Remember to start very low and work your
way up in height and also do not start jumping activities too early
with your maturing PON puppy.
Going through objects like hollowed
out tree trunks to catch its prey is also a natural habit for a dog.
Dogs love Tunnels.. Find somebody throwing out a larger appliance
box and teach your dog to go through it on command.
Tossing a frisbee and having your
dog retrieve it is a great form of exercise. There are also many
different types of Frisbees border
on the market making it so much easier to find the one your PON
you don't feel like moving around
so much yourself, tie a favorite
toy onto a pole with a string. Let
your PON chase the toy while you
move the fishing pole back
and forth. Just make sure that all
sharp object are removed such as
a small treat in one of your hands
behind your back. Bring both of
your closed fisted hands in front
of your PON and let him figure out
which hand the treat is in. This
game can also be moved to cups,
closed boxes, etc.
a plastic bag or soft toy to a
long string and reeling it in
while your PON chases it is a fun
and inexpensive way to get your
obedience, also called
"Rally-O", is a
competition for both you and your
PON to enjoy together. You can
download the rally obstacles over
the internet and work with your
PON to do what is on the signs.
Rally combines dog agility, sports
car racing and even traditional
dog obedience into its own,
one-of-a-kind, dog sport.
up all sorts of furniture and
boxes and teach your PON to run
the obstacle course you have set
up in your home or even out in
your yard. Change it up with
different sized and shaped objects
to make it even more fun.
dogs love to chase after water
coming from a water hose. Letting
your PON run and jump after
a garden hose is great exercise
for your PON and fun to watch too.
These activities are all
inexpensive and serve to keep your
PON engaged in a range of
activities which prevent boredom.
Good luck !