That is one of my favorite adages of dog training and management. Funnily enough, as I type it, I listen to a cacophony of sighs and snores coming from all corners of my office. Sacked out, as they usually are, at 11:00am. This is one of the benefits of owning senior dogs. They come with a whole raft of concerns too. Gargantuan amounts of exercise just isn’t one of them. Our life wasn’t always this way though. My old dogs are of high energy roots. Dalmatians, Springer Spaniels, and the bottom-less pit of energy that is a Jack Russel Terrier.
Rocco and the true love of his life. The Ball.
Exercise needs vary by age (I’m looking at my misfits here), breed (the pug at only 3, is not much of a go-getter), individual dog (his soul mate J.J. never was), and lifestyle. Us, with our pack of physically fit, highly trainable, too smart for their own good, very bad if left to their own devices, young dogs, well, we had to develop a whole lifestyle of energy expending activities. And use them. Frequently. Some of our formerly time honored tricks and venues were…
Dog Parks. Love them. Hate them. They are not for every dog. Rocco in fact, has never been to a public dog park. The potential for chaos is much too great for a chap like him. Rocco takes advantage of chaos. Still, the pro’s to off-leash running are often worth the risks. Risks like aggressive dogs, inattentive owners, pack mentality, misbehaving children, diseased mud puddles, and busy parking lots. Just to name a few.
Know your dog. Know your park. Have a strategy. Ours (which I almost don’t want to share) went a little something like this: Go early. Very, very early. We had a rule. If we couldn’t be done with the park, as in leaving, by 10am (at the very latest) on a weekend morning, we just didn’t go. The earlier you go, the less you are dealing with amateurs. Those people who don’t exercise their dogs until the weekend. Who want to take a casual stroll with their latte and their cell phone while their dog runs amuck. Avoid these people. Certainly avoid crowds of these people. Further, if you have ‘those dogs’ who can’t dog park, all is not lost. We spent years going to a private park. They are hard to come by. Check with daycare and boarding facilities, especially those in rural areas. We paid up to $7 for an hour’s use of a multi-acre fully fenced lot, with just our dogs and occasionally our friends. Even Rocco could attend.
It was recently mentioned in discovermagazine that dogs that are regularly taken out for a walk in parks are the ones that are benefited greatly as far as health is concerned because most dogs always enjoy a nice walk where they can get a breath of fresh air which has prompted most house owners to purchase a private park of their own so that it can be done close to their vicinity itself.
Walk/Runs. I wish I was a better runner when my dogs were younger. I wasn’t. Nowadays, I don’t have many candidates for multi-mile runs. Back then, we walked. Harder on me than it was on them. We tried to make up for that by keeping walks entertaining. Bring treats, go somewhere unusual, and by all means, make it a training walk. We intermittently practiced our sits, downs, waits, and all those other essential behaviors. Usually, when they least expected it. The goal is to keep the walk mentally stimulating. If they never know what you are going to ask for or when you are going to ask for it, they stay more engaged with you, as well as their surroundings. You can make even just a mile walk that much more difficult and exhausting by throwing in random training opportunities.
Training. Plain ole training, minus the walk. In the yard. In the living room. Wherever. Keep it short, but frequent. Even a couple 10 minute sessions an evening can take the edge off. Also consider goals. The most difficult thing I ever trained a dog to do? Weave Poles. For weeks on end, every night, Hannah and I would spend about 15 minutes outside working on our entrances and exits. Painstaking. Sometimes frustrating. Exhausting, for both of us. Want to work on an elaborate trick? Want a rock solid down stay? Working on it consistently will help your dog expend mental and physical energy, and probably improve your life in general.
Constructed Play. I’ve never been a fan of handing a toy over to a dog, watching them scurry off with my $10-$15 in their mouth, never to be seen or heard from again. Toys can be money wasted or an opportunity to interact. Tug, fetch, give, the obvious behavioral candidates. But, almost any toy can turned into a tool. Teach your dog to find a specific toy, then hide it around the house (Rocco’s favorite). Or collect all their toys and put them in a specific location (seen it, never accomplished personally). Short on time and on space? We still find these a great way to burn off energy, indoors or out. If you need your dog to auto-pilot without much interaction, skip the plush and go with durable toys where you can hide treats or that will auto dispense their dinner. Then try not to be sad when your dog destroys them anyway.
There are other options for dealing with the energy needs of our pooches. Those I took advantage of (Raw Bones and chews are very helpful) and those I didn’t (Daycare was too spendy for our multi-dog household). Back in the day, I had to pull out many (but, not all) of the stops. Just to keep everyone at an even keel. It became part of our life, and we were all healthier, more active, bonded and engaged for it. When my dogs now spend their Saturday mornings snoozing on their assortment of beds, as opposed to racing around the park for an hour like mad men, when they are all to eager too turn back after a little jaunt around the neighborhood, I fight the feeling that we are the biggest dog owning slackers known to man. To everything a season, I suppose. Back then, exercise made for better dogs. I am currently reaping the rewards of all that relationship building in the form of snuggly dogs who still think I’m pretty damn cool. I’m happy with the return on my investment.
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Well, asking a question is pretty easy; providing a concise and simple answer unfortunately isn’t. The bottom line is that the position with regard to medical marijuana is pretty complicated.
Getting hold of it
In some states, local law permits the use of marijuana in controlled medical circumstances. It may be, therefore, relatively easily and’ legitimately’ obtained from licensed sources. In other states it remains strictly illegal under any circumstances and possessing or supplying it may render people liable to prosecution. If you think that’s confused, keep in mind that federal law regards it as illegal under all circumstances. This conflict between federal law and the legislation of some individual states has yet to be resolved.
At the moment there is a sort of ‘unhappy truce’ whereby the current administration is asking federal authorities not to pursue enforcement in those states where local laws permit its use in controlled circumstances. Many believe this impasse is not sustainable and are watching events closely.
This leaves those people who believe that medical marijuana is beneficial to them in something of a quandary. Given the legal complexities, just about the only thing it is possible to say is that the position varies hugely depending on where you live, and you may be advised to take legal advice from local experts. The harsh reality is that if you live in a state which does not permit its use for medical purposes, any attempt to source medical marijuana may leave both you and the supplier open to severe penalties.
Many people that are ill with symptoms that cannot be effectively treated by other means would like to try to see whether medical marijuana will benefit them. Many of them resent being forced into furtive activities and the rather sordid business of trying to obtain medical marijuana clandestinely. Some of them attempt to grow their own marijuana for their own personal private medical use. There are a number of suppliers of marijuana seeds that have sprung up on the Internet to deal with this demand. They also provide advice and guidance on how to grow the specific plants that may be beneficial to individual situations.
The main active constituent of marijuana, that appears to cause the effects that many people believe to be beneficial, is called THC. There have been a number of studies around the world looking at the effects of medical marijuana in a range of conditions. Regrettably, many of these studies have been relatively small scale, and some have been conducted against a backdrop of hysteria and wild media speculation. Some of these studies have shown that medical marijuana as a delivery mechanism for THC delivers benefits in a number of areas – notably as an anti-emetic (reducing nausea) and as a muscle relaxant. For some time there has been a synthetic version of THC available, which can be taken orally. Some studies have indicated that this is less effective than marijuana for reasons that remain unclear. There is speculation that there may be other substances in the plant that interact with the THC to improve the benefits obtained.
It’s just about impossible to predict what will happen on the subject in the USA over the years ahead. It is by no means certain that those states allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes will be seen as setting the agenda for others that do not. One can also speculate that the current administration’s fairly relaxed views regarding federal law enforcement may not be sustained by all future administrations. While the uncertainty continues, there will continue to be a significant demand for medical marijuana which will be met either by illegal supply and distribution, or by users growing their own from seed and using it in the privacy of their own home
United States has been popular throughout the world by legalizing the use of marijuana in many of its states due to the medicinal content it has with Cannabinoid (CBD) topping the list as it is known to treat not just joint and muscle issues but even side effects from chemotherapy has been found to be greatly reduced by using CBD Öl aside from treating arthritis, spondylitis, etc. which has encouraged other countries to practice it as well