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Our First Snow Storm In New England

wp jan 22 2019

Abby, “Moms, I am loving all this snow!”

We got our first snow storm this past Sunday, and when Abby went out and saw all that snow, do you know what I think she was thinking, “Yay!  Play time!”  Do you know what I was thinking? “Oh boy, time to shovel all that snow.  Again!”

wp jan 22 20192

Abby, “I am exhausted!”

Yes, Abby took a nice long nap after playing outside.  She certainly has a hard life!  Before I forget, she also watched the game, Patriots vs. Chiefs, and we all were glad to see the Pats win!  Waiting anxiously to see the Patriots play in Super Bowl LIII.  Go Pats!

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.

Burn Off Pent-Up Energy With A Backpack

Alex to Bella, "I know you are shy, but you'll get used to them taking pictures all the time.  I promise."

Alex to Bella, “I know you are shy, but you’ll get used to them taking pictures all the time. I promise.”

If you happen to have a high-energy dog like Alex used to be, and nowadays Bella, you certainly have to look for ways to drain their energy.  In order to keep my sanity, I had to make sure that Alex walked, 1 – 1 1/2 hour twice a day, ran, twice a week, and do some training.  Because of her injury, Alex now walks around 20 minutes once or twice a day when the weather is not too cold, but just when I thought I was about to get a break, Bella joined our family.

As you can see in the picture, Bella, like many siblings, gets her hand me downs from Alex which includes a backpack.  Why do I use a backpack?  For some dogs like Bella, a regular walk will just not do, therefore adding a backpack can give her a job to do and she will be tired by the time we get home.

Some dogs have to be eased into wearing a backpack.  You can use treats to do that.  Let her wear it for a couple of minutes while rewarding her.  With Alex and Bella, it seemed like they’ve done this all their life.  Go figure.

backpack2What do I put in her backpack?  In order to make it even, I put the same amount of weigh on each side.  Do Not make your dog wear a backpack while she is running.  Some people put a bottle of water, wipes, keys, etc., in the backpack so the dog is really working by carrying her pet parents things.

backpack3What do I get from making Bella wear a backpack?  A tired, relaxed dog, as you can see in the above picture.  If you happen to have a high-energy dog like Bella, you need to drain that energy and fulfill her needs in order to enjoy her company rather than having a dog that can easily drive you crazy and frustrate you beyond words.  What do you do with your dog to drain his/her energy?