Monday, April 25, 2016

Question for dog owners


Jake has played chase the tennis ball for 11 years, he is part Boxer and is now having hip problems. He always ran full tilt on the concrete deck. Now he can't. We play soft and easy, with Mommy throwing because Daddy can't throw a underhanded SOFT throw... Jake can only run in dirt/grass and not full tilt and jump in air and grab... He is like Mommy now, struggles to get up, stiff but ok once he moves around.
Games anyone? NON active games for an Active Pup



Do any of you have any ideas how an active dog can play without being active? he wants to play, I need ideas. We do tug a rope, and 3 easy rolls of the tennis ball, walking around the block...


23 comments:

diane b said...

I have no ideas except walking. It does you both good. Love the red shoes and blue lead shot.

Madi and Mom said...

UMMM HOW ABOUT ONE OF THOSE INTERACTIVE TREAT BALLS BY KONG...YOU PUT TREATS IN IT THEY SMELL THE TREATS AND WILL SPEND LOTS OF TIME CHASING THE BALL TO GET THE GREATS OUT.
HUGS TO YOU AND JAKE AND MOM SURE UNDERSTANDS SHE HAS SOME ARTHUR TOO
MADI AND MOM

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great action shots of Jake. It would be hard to stop a dog from playing. Maybe Diane has a great idea, more exercise by walking. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Gail said...

I think you are doing it.

Great shots.

Mildred said...

I think you are doing all the right things. Walking is probably the best for you both. So sorry you both are in pain.

Casey said...

Mental exercises help wear you out without being as physically active! Try some of the interactive puzzle toys. Or make your own where you show him a treat and then hide it under one of a set of plastic cups or something.

carolann said...

Jake is a beautiful dog. What does your Vet say. Do they give suggestions for dogs with the hip problems?

Did you see the commercial where the dog is small a puppy. Then he grows bigger and can still get in the Van. Then near the end. The dog has grey mouth whiskers and by now the lad is older. Sort of sad.

Perhaps Jake can follow the hide and seek ideas and guessing games.

I sent you an email with a video. What I seen for myself to share with you. It may be not be your cup a tea but was interesting for me to watch then show you.

Your blessed you have a pool or can go to the Gym pool.

Water exercise is much easy on your joints and muscles. I am told.



Denise inVA said...

Cute, cute, cute pictures! I don't know any games for a dog other than what you are doing right now, they sound like a lot of fun. Not sure how I would feel if I had a neighbor next door with a rooster :) You will be seeing more of the one in my baseball quote as he and his ladies were at a living museum I went to recently.

Cranberry Morning said...

I wonder if it can be helped with just keeping his mind busy, like burying dog treats in a toy where he has to really work to get them out? I'm sorry about this, and don't really have any great ideas. :-( What a great dog, though, what a sweet fella.

jandi said...

Our lab has hip dysplasia... She swims almost daily and that has helped a LOT! She is 9 years old and since we got a new pup about 4 months ago, she seems to have a new lease (leash ;) ) of life...

jandi said...

Ps read his tale... He is champion!

Dory and the Mama said...

Looks like you have a lot of great suggestions!
We also thing some type of puzzle toy, along with your continued "soft throw" fetch would be a great solution!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I can't seem to come up with any other ideas for you but I would think that walking is a great way to exercise his hips. I guess he was never a swimmer??

Ann said...

I have nothing other than what everyone else suggested and what you're already doing. Have you googled it to see what pops up?

Mevely317 said...

Darn, I wish I could think of something original!
Does Jake watch the television at all? One of our 'girls' is fascinated by it; the other, not at all.

If I had to vote, I'd agree with what the others said about the interactive Kong balls. Jake's a lucky fellow to have such caring parents. :)

Kay said...

I'd say just walking is best. Just like when we get old, we can no longer run or jog, so we walk because it is good exercise but it is as hard on our joints as running or jogging. I'm sure that as long as he is with you, he is happy.

Lois said...

Jake is a beautiful dog! I don't have a dog, so I have no suggestions, but he sounds a lot like me. I have a couple of pairs of those same shoes in different colors. They are so comfortable!

Inger said...

I have no ideas, but that Kong thingy may work. A good walk to tire him out may be a good thing too. See how creative I am.....

Jo said...

Oh, your shoes and Jake's leash is so much cleaner than mine and Skabenga's! Great shot of these items. I agree with Diane, just keep walking him and do underhand soft throws as you are. Jo

Linda said...

Poor Jake! I know how he feels! I WANT to play, too!!! It just takes so much energy!!!

SweetMarie said...

I would say swimming and walking. Love the first pic, so handsome! he and Rocket look so much alike.

What Karen Sees said...

Love this photos of Jake. He looks like a well loved and taken care of member of your family!

Rose said...

I read through all of these and can come up with nothing new. But Otti used to love those Kong things...

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