We've gotten lazy, having an adult basset who's used to our rhythms and is fairly low-key, so now we have this new resident who was a stray before she adopted us and is high energy and very needy. ;D She's fairly quick to learn but also seems very young. Any tips on teaching her stuff like "don't chew up MY toys; chew up your own" and "don't steal the pizza, wait until I offer you some"????
Yep...what she needs is exercise. Lots of it. How old is she?
Many people follow the 5 minutes of exercise per month of age rule of thumb until the pup is at least 12 months old. The rule is designed to stop overexercising and putting strain on growing joints. So, following the guideline, a 1 year old dog needs at least a full hour of activity every day. Really active Labs often need more than that to stay satisfied. Some exercise ideas;
Off leash running/exploring
Playing with other dogs
Jogging or biking with you
Mental stimulation is also a must. Sign her up to an obedience class ASAP. Provide her with plenty of toys and bones to chew on. Play games in the house and yard (hide and seek with treats, teaching new tricks, etc.)...basically, keep her busy. A tired dog is a good dog. Labs are WAY different from Bassets in terms of exercise needs to be prepared. Good luck!
Actually, the training is coming along pretty nicely. She learned to sit pretty for a treat after watching George do it once, she's already learned "go lay down" when we need for her to get OUT of our faces for a few minutes* ;D -- PLEASE let me change my clothes myself! -- and she's even learned "it's GEORGE'S turn to be petted, you've HAD your turn." Okay, she's not QUITE learned that, but we're making progress.* Only one accident in the house so far which we expected and were prepared for and, wonder of wonders, she's been left with George all day two and a half days now (soon to be three) and hasn't eaten the couch (knock wood). Speaking of the couch, she has assumed control of it. That used to be George's bed. He's not thrilled. We may need a second couch. We figured she was worn out from being on her own and needed lots of rest in a secure environment and she does sleep a lot, but when she's awake, she's AWAKE and rarin' to go. There isn't anywhere to take her swimming but she's very obedient on a walk -- actually, in general she's eager to please if we can make her understand what we want her to do. I guess it's just a bit of a shock suddenly having this energetic large creature in a small house.*