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My husband takes him on a twenty minute walk at 6pm, but tomorrow he will extend the walk to half an hour & we will see if that makes a difference at all. I do a game of throw the stick in the back garden with him twice a day. sometimes he loves doing that, but at other times he will play for a couple of minutes & then just lay down. Part of the problem is jealousy, I think. Ever since we got Loki, he has exhibited jealousy signs towards our six year old papillon ....he is fine with him when they are outside together, & ok with him when my husband is with them. However, when they come back indoors & I am in the room, Loki will immediately start sidling up to Jontay & pushing him with the side of his body, sometimes barking at him, pushing him away if Jontay comes over to me. My trainer says to just ignore it, but Jontay is a 4 kilo very quiet dog, & Loki is a 17 kilo very bouncy puppy, so he could easily injure him, & I don't think it is fair to allow little Jontay to be bullied, so I do tell Loki off & he sometimes gets hyped up about that.
We live in a small rural town & our trainer is a forty minute drive away, so really it would not be practical for us to attend any more classes than the one we attend at the weekend together ... her puppy classes are held at 6pm so we could not get over there in time to do them & I am not able to take Loki to classes on my own as I was injured at work a week before we got him & sustained a herniated lumbar disc with severe sciatic nerve compression, & I am waiting for surgery. It was very bad timing! But this means that due to being in severe pain a great deal of the time since my injury, & not being able to do a lot of walking due to one foot having dropped from compression damage, I am not able to run about with him or take him on long walks ...I manage to give him a morning walk of around fifteen minutes every morning, then spend hours in pain. I tried to walk him longer one day, but was in serious pain, & I am really worried about how we are going to manage when I have open spinal surgery in about three weeks.
My husband works full time, with a forty minute drive to & from work, so by the time he is home from work & has taken Loki for his walk, it is already 7pm & we haven't had dinner. I might see if I can manage to take him on another walk mid-afternoon, so that he has three walks a day instead of two, & my husband bump his walk up to ten minutes longer in the evening. Maybe that will help. Trips to the park on my own are definitely out for the time being, as I cannot twist my back to do up his harness in the back seat of car, or I run the risk of doing more damage to my spine, & the park is a long way from where we live, so not able to walk to it. We have a quarter acre property, so Loki has plenty of space to romp about in, when he wants to do that.
Last edited by Dwyllis; 11-28-2012 at 06:05 AM.