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Posted 4/1/15
I will be dogsitting for 5 days, and I'm wondering if any Crunchyrollers have some insight into keeping high-activity dogs entertained.

I have to leave the dogs alone for 9 hours a day tomorrow, Friday, and Monday, which including travel time I can break up with 15 minutes of an hour long lunch break if need be, but aside from evening walks in those days these dogs will most likely be very bored and fairly stressed that their owners are not at home.

German short-haired pointers, if anybody is a dog person. Big ones, curious as dogs come, high energy. I'd like to bring them chew toys, but I don't want to leave anything remotely unsafe with them because they are not my dogs.

I know they will be ok because I've dogsat these dogs a few times before, but they will be stressed because their owners will be gone. If anybody has any suggestions on keeping these dogs entertained while I'm at work, it might save me cleaning up a trash can's worth of garbage. The last time, I just didn't put the garbage in the trash can, I took it directly out. But if they aren't entertained, they are likely to destroy.

I might have to cave to a long early morning jog, worst case scenario, won't happen until day 3 of confusing misbehavior.
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Ummm . . . after dogsitting a young black lab,,,, just plan on doing the run everyday . . . twice.... If you can get them to run with you on a bicycle that might be the way.....

The time I didn't wear the little girl out (little for a big black lab) she ate the stereo.....

Good luck!
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Are they being gated off from certain areas of the house? If they're alone for 9 hours be prepared to clean up messes. Most dogs get over being left alone pretty quickly, if they've been trained properly. When I'm gone for 10+ for work mine usually just sleep.
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Try and keep as many potentially-perishable items out of reach as you can. If you even suspect that they may demolish something worth while, pick it up and hide it. If you have to, buy some cheap baby gates or ply-boards to keep them away from some things. Hide the trash can, or take the trash out.

Bring toys, especially chew toys. Don't give them edible bone/hide chews, since they're often supposed to be taken away from dogs when they're chewed past a certain point (choke hazard and cooked bone pieces can puncture intestinal walls), and they can induce diarrhea the next day. If you wish, pick up some newspaper, cardboard, ect. to act as red herrings and distract them from anything important.

Aim for a very brisk walk and potty break right before your 9 hour absence (at the same time), and follow up with a small snack to help tie them over until your return. Dogs that are both hungry and bored are more likely to tear up things (they may have hissy-fits), and wearing them out encourages sleep.
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I have a high energy black lab/boxer mix. I can leave him home alone for 10-12 hours (I've never left for longer, even the 12 hours wasn't within my power to avoid) and he doesn't do any damage (anymore, haha). I make sure all garbage is out of reach and I put away all cords and chewable items. I don't know how tall these dogs are, but mine can reach the counter so I keep everything wiped down. If I have any breakable items I'm worried about, I put them in the spare bedroom and I close the door. I also keep the bathroom door closed.

As someone mentioned prior, don't leave them with edible bone or rawhide since they aren't supposed to eat these things unsupervised. I would suggest high quality toys, but avoid squeakers since this can get them rather riled up, especially if there's more than one. There's a certain brand that so far has proved indestructible to my dog's crazy chewing skills, but I'd have to look up the brand when I get home. There are also Kongs, which are really useful because you can stuff treats into them to keep them busy. I also put peanut butter in them sometimes (you may want to verify that with the owners first). I generally leave two kongs, one with some PB and a treat, and the other with just treats. I pull them out right before I leave for work, one in his kennel (the door is always open) and the other on the living room floor across the house.

And of course, walks are great. Rather than jogging, since my dog likes to reaaaally run rather than job, I alternate between walking and a light job, with sprints every now and then and I have found this to be the best way to burn his energy, and he tends to see it as some sort of game, getting all worked up and excited when I break into a sprint, lolling his tongue out and panting when I call for a walking pace again.

Always take them out for a little potty break just before you leave, and if you're not leaving them snacks in their toys, a small snack couldn't hurt, as boredom and hunger are both factors to destructive behavior.

Anywho, best of luck. ^.^
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Posted 4/4/15
walks, they need the exercise anyway.
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