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Revisiting Post – Burn Off Pent-Up Energy With a Backpack

Bella and Alex (L to R)

Bella and Alex (L to R)

When I first posted about using a backpack to drain my dog’s excessive energy, I received a question from a fellow blogger about how often to use a backpack and how much weight to put as “cargo.”

Let me start by saying that every dog is an individual, and as such you need to figure out how often and how heavy the backpack should be.  This is what I do with Bella, my 3-year-old pit mix, that has an overabundance of energy:

  • When we got Bella, Jan. 2014, she wore a backpack only during our morning walks because the walks had to be short, due to the weather, and she had a huge amount of energy.  She carried 2 lbs. in her backpack
  • As time went by, and the weather improved, Bella wore her backpack every other day, mornings only.
  • Later on, she used the backpack only on Mon., Wed., and Fri.
  • Nowadays, she only wears it when I see that she has way too much energy.  Maybe once a week.

20140201_083842If you are unsure about how to use a backpack, please talk to a trainer so he/she can help you figure it out.  Do not make your dog run with a backpack.  Bella carries 2 lbs. but let’s remember that she weighs 52 lbs.  After a walk of 1 – 1 1/2 hr. with a backpack holding 2 lbs. even my energetic Bella is tired.

Go Away Winter

goawaywinter1For the first 15 years of my life, I lived in a tropical climate.  My past time was riding my bike, going to the beach almost every day, and/or playing with my neighbors.  I never liked nor thought that I could live in a place where winters were as bad as what we are experiencing this year, but here I am living in Maryland with my girlfriend and our canine daughter, Alex.

goawaywinter2Does it sound like I am complaining about the weather?  Yes, I am.  Today, I finally was able to take Alex and Bella for a nice walk.  I took them to walk separately because Bella is still learning how to walk on leash, but I was really surprised at how well she did today.  It does not mean she is done, but she has improved a lot.  In the near future, when the weather gets better, I am going to start taking her to walk in different areas so she can be exposed to people, dogs, cars, etc.  For now, we are just walking around the neighborhood and that keep us busy enough.

goawaywinter3Although I really like Maryland and our neighborhood, this year I am seriously thinking about moving to the Southwest.  Yes, I am that fed up with this weather.  And you know what?  I just heard that we have more snow coming our way.  Boy, the fun never ends.  Look at Alex.  She is just enjoying being out.  By the way, that picture was taken last year.  Maybe I should do the same, and enjoy what I have, and yes, that includes this awful weather.  Have a great week:-)