You guys, we’re going nuts. Seriously stir crazy. The temps haven’t climbed above 0 (that’s F!) more than a few times in a few weeks. I’m an introverted homebody, but even I’m ready to get out.
It’s hard to go anywhere with the baby when it’s this cold, and Cooper… well, Cooper hates being cold… but he needs his exercise, though there have been many days where there’s been a frost-bite warning. Even in his coats, boots, and snood, it’s too cold for him to be out for longer than a quick bathroom break.
He’s losing it without enough exercise!! I’ve tried many of our old tricks, but the physical energy is just swirling, and he’s turning it onto the cats. He’s not being aggressive, but he’s trying to get them to wrestle and play, so he thwomps them, runs at them with big, leaping play bows, bops, chases, and so on. They’re not happy. We’re not happy.
So, the other day he happened to leap from our bed to a chair in the corner of the room, and I though… Hmmm… Maybe leaping can become a game! And, sure enough, it totally did. I had him jumping for a toy, and by the end he was panting! Victory!
Then, tonight he was getting that edge again, that look that causes the cats to back slowwllllyyyy out of the room.
I decided to play the leaping game again. Little did I know that John was in the kitchen filming! But I’m glad he did because Cooper is hilarious!
Did it blow off some steam?
Of course, it’s temporary tiredness, like how you feel after a jog… I bet in a couple hours he’ll be itching to chase some cats again, but now I’ve got this game in my back pocket!
Last thing: I want to try to train a trick that requires athleticism in some way. He learns tricks quickly, but most don’t involve enough physical movement for his current state of mind. Any ideas? I was going to start looking on YouTube, maybe with doggy dancers or agility performers… Hmmm…
How are you guys hanging in there? Are you as stir crazy as we are?? What a winter we’re having, huh? Hope you’re warm and cozy where you are!
Clearly, this is an ongoing issue for Cooper:
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