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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.

Walter, My Aussie Companion

IMG_4639Every time I see Walter, this is what comes to mind first, “Que guapo,” in Spanish.  Best translation since a literal translation would end up having a different meaning is, “So handsome.”

Walter will be staying with us for a few days so I am crossing my fingers that the weather is nice and we can take long walks together.  If not, I’ll have him help me do chores.  My favorite one and the one that gets all dogs tired: doing laundry.

Alex, Still On Bedrest

Alex

Alex

It’s been a month since Alex, as per her vet’s instructions, has been on bedrest.  I thought that she was going to drive me nuts because she is a very active dog even now that she is almost 11 years old.  To my surprise, and delight, she has taken this time off from walking quite well.  I take her for a walk, twice a day, for about 15 minutes each time, but no longer than that.

stllbedrst1She can walk around the house, but she is not allowed to run up and down the stairs which she loves to do.  I taught her to go up and down the stairs slowly.  How?  I started by walking with her on a leash while telling her “slowly,” and extending my left arm so she understands that she cannot go beyond my arm.  Within a couple of days I was able to do this without using a leash. 

She has another month to go and I know she enjoys her long walks, but I want her to recuperate therefore we’ll stick with short walks.  I still can’t believe that my beautiful girl will turn 11 in May 5th.  I hope to share many, many more walks with her.