How to Live With a Hyper Dog in an Apartment

How to Live With a Hyper Dog in an Apartment

We have a 1-year-old weimaraner and a senior black Lab mix living with us in our 2-bedroom, 2nd-floor apartment.

Our senior dog is very mellow, and he’s lived in apartments most of his life.

Our weimaraner Remy on the other hand is a typical weim. Calling him high-energy would be an understatement.

Not only do we live in an apartment, but we also use a baby gate to keep Remy in the living room 95 percent of the time. It’s a small space for a smart, active hunting dog.

Some people think this is wrong, cruel even, to keep a large dog in an apartment with no yard. That’s up to each individual to decide, but I don’t feel one bit sorry for Remy. This dog has it good!

I’m proud I’ve walked my weimaraner almost every single day for the year and 2 months that we’ve had him. The first day we got him, we walked 1 mile. He was 8 weeks old. Most days we go about 3 miles, which isn’t enough, but we get by.

Here are 9 ways we manage our hyperactive dog in our apartment …

How I manage my hyper dog in an apartment

You’ll notice that this is no different than managing a hyper dog in pretty much any environment!

1. We go for walks every single day.

And I mean EVERY day. We can’t miss a day.

Even on the day Remy was neutered, we walked before I dropped him off at the vet. The following day, we still walked 20 minutes with the vet’s approval. The day after that we were back to our usual 40 minutes.

If you have an active dog and you live in an apartment, you walk. A lot. Period.

2. We have clear rules.

Dogs need to learn boundaries whether they are tired, excited, bored, playful or anxious.

We live in a small space, and we can’t have our maniac of a dog tearing around non-stop even if he has energy to burn.

So, we don’t tolerate a lot of rough play, chasing games, wrestling, etc. It helps that our senior dog does not tolerate this either. I will play tug with Remy for about 5 minutes most days, and then I put the toy away.

Here are some of our other rules. Our dogs understand these rules because there are no exceptions.

Rules:

  • No dogs on the couch.
  • No paws on the counter.
  • No bothering us while we eat.
  • No chasing the cats.
  • No chewing our stuff.

Now, if I could also get Remy to stop jumping on me, we’d be doing pretty good …

3. We use a kennel/crate.

We use a kennel as needed to give Remy (and us) some down time. He sleeps in his kennel at night and even though we work from home, we put him in there for about 2 hours on the average day. This is a place where Remy knows to be calm.

See our post: Is it mean to use a crate for a dog?

4. We stick to a routine.

We walk for a half-hour at 6 a.m. and again for 40 or 45 minutes at 4 p.m. nearly every day. Remy also has his potty breaks and meals at roughly the same times every day and we put him to bed around 9 p.m. every night so he knows what to expect.

5. We run together every Saturday.

Part of our routine since January has been to go for a long run every Saturday morning. For us, a long run is an hour or more.

This seems to keep Remy slightly less energetic until about Monday afternoon when combined with his usual daily walks. We’ve recently started training for an ultra marathon with our dog, so these Saturday runs will keep getting longer.

6. We go to training classes

Training with a local obedience class helps me focus on making training a priority. I’m not good at planning training throughout the week so the class really helps because at least we have that 1 hour every Saturday where Remy and I work on heel, sit, down, stay and come.

Classes HELP us a lot!

7. Chew toys & bully sticks

We give Remy things to chew on like:

He has access to something to chew almost all the time. Because of this, he hasn’t chewed up our shoes or anything else of much importance.

I recently bought the Kong Wobbler puzzle toy, and I’m so glad I bought this! You fill it with dry food or treats and the dog has to push it around to get the food out. This keeps the pup busy for 30 minutes or so! Amazing!

Get the Kong Wobbler on Amazon HERE.

Kong Wobbler

8. Mental work & giving your dog a job

This is an area where I’m trying to improve. My dog is smart and he needs some sort of work to do. I’m not quite sure what Remy’s “job” is yet but he needs one. Maybe it’s our Saturday long runs. Maybe it’s wearing a dog backpack. Maybe it will be agility.

I’ve been playing “find it” with him where he looks for treats I hide throughout the room. He also has his new Kong Wobbler toy.

The point is, working dogs need to work and a walk generally doesn’t cut it.

9. Off-leash running

I have to admit I’m not very good at bringing Remy to places where he can run off leash, wrestle with other dogs or play fetch. This probably happens once every other month. I know, it’s bad!

I’m just not much of a dog beach or dog park person. But when I do take him, it makes a big difference. Probably more so than anything else we do.

So that’s pretty much it!

  • 2 walks per day
  • 1 long run on Saturdays
  • 1 training class a week
  • Plenty of chew toys.
  • A crate for when we need a break from Crazy!

He’s rarely tired but at least he’s manageable!

Other ideas

A dog backpack. Add it to your shorter walks (We’ll be getting one soon!)

Dog daycare. Try it once a week and see if you like it and if it’s a good fit for your dog. I’ve thought about it but haven’t tried it yet.

Hire a dog walker once a week: Use this in addition to the walking you’re already doing or to give yourself a break once a week.

Join a dog walking group. This is a good way to tire your dog out mentally as he’ll be walking in new places and seeing other dogs.

So as you can see, living with a super high energy dog in an apartment is a lot of work but it’s really not that bad. You just have to change your routine quite a bit and be dedicated to exercise. Otherwise, it’s not fair to the dog and he’ll probably start having more serious behavior problems.

Sometimes we joke about how Remy might be if we never walked him … he’d probably be at the humane society by now!

Do you have a dog in an apartment?

What are your management and exercise tips?

Let me know in the comments! It is helpful for myself and others to hear from people who understand the madness! Haha.

-Lindsay (and dogs Ace & Remy!)

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Delectables Dog Treat Review and Giveaway

Delectables Dog Treat Review and Giveaway

Delectables dog treats are a new low-fat, lickable treat that come in 2-ounce pouches. They are in a “stew” format with pieces of meat and veggies in a stew sauce.

My dogs Ace and Remy loved Delectables and this was a fun treat to give them.

To serve, you open the pouch and pour into a bowl as a treat between meals or as a topper or mixer. The treats come in four flavors.

This review is sponsored by Hartz pet products.

We’re giving away a FREE 12-pack of Delectables to two lucky readers of That Mutt. If your dog would like IN on the drawing, just leave a comment at the end of the post. *The winners have been chosen.

Delectables dog treat review

My thoughts on Delectables

I was happy to receive Delectables treats for my dogs Ace and Remy. Since we received a pack of 12, I let them both try it and my cats even had a taste! They were all super excited about this, and this was a fun treat to give them. (The dog version is not intended for cats but there is a cat version available.)

The ingredients in Delectables are OK. I’m comfortable feeding this product to my pets as a treat, but it does contain corn and artificial flavors. When I open a pouch, it reminds me of the canned soups and stews I sometimes buy for myself!

Delectables chicken with beef ingredients, according to the package:

water, chicken, beef, peas, carrots, corn, natural and artificial flavors, tapioca starch, rice flour, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthian gum, locust bean gum and a vitamin E supplement.

Delectables dog treat review

What is the cost?

The cost for a 2.1-ounce pack is about $1. They are available in 12-packs at Walmart and on Amazon for about $12.

Click here to order Delectables on Amazon.

What’s unique about the product?

Delectables stews are marketed as “lickable” treats, which is a cute idea. They come in small, single-serving pouches designed as a quick treat for your dog.

The nice thing about Delectables is you can just serve the whole thing as a treat and you don’t have to worry about re-sealing it for a later meal. I don’t like when I need to store half-used cans of pet food in my fridge.

Delectables are also low-fat treats, which is good if you’re trying to watch your dog’s calories. I believe fat in moderation is good for my dogs so I don’t care if their treats are low fat.

Pros of Delectables treats:

  • Made with real chicken and veggies!
  • No by-products
  • Very appealing to my dogs and my cats
  • Short list of ingredients
  • Low-fat treat, if you’re trying to watch calories
  • Affordable treat! Just $1 per 2.1-ounce serving
  • Don’t need refrigeration if unopened so you can easily toss in a bag for travel, hiking, etc.
  • Helps encourage picky eaters to eat
  • Works for hiding pills!

Cons:

  • There are four flavors but they all contain chicken (some dogs have allergies to chicken)
  • Contains some artificial flavors
  • Contains corn (not necessarily bad but some dogs have allergies to corn)

Delectables dog treat review

I would recommend Delectables for …

I would recommend Delectables if you’re looking for an affordable treat for your dog in a stew format, perhaps as a treat between meals. This is not really a training treat but more of a fun surprise to give your dog just for being awesome! They are available on Amazon HERE.

Sometimes I need to give my senior dog medication mid-day and I was able to hide his pills in the Delectables stew. He will spit his pills out if I hide them in turkey slices so this was a better option.

If you have a picky eater, Delectables would probably make most dogs interested in their food if used as a mixer.

The four flavors include:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken with beef
  • Chicken with cheese
  • Chicken senior formula

If you would prefer not to feed your dog artificial flavors or corn, then I would not recommend these treats.

Learn more about Delectables on its website HERE.

Giveaway – Win a 12-pack of Delectables for your dog!

Delectables dog treat review

We are giving away a FREE 12-pack of Delectables to TWO lucky readers of That Mutt. Just leave a comment below to enter. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

*The winners have been chosen and notified. Congrats to Mary S. and Diane R.

Each winner will receive:

  • One FREE 12-pack of Delectables.

I’ll choose the winners at random on Sunday June 18 and notify them by email.

Everyone signed up for the $7 reward or higher on That Mutt’s Patreon page receives automatic entries into ALL giveaways. There are 8 spots remaining. Click here.

Do you have any questions about Delectables?

Let me know in the comments!

More about Hartz:

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of pet care products in the United States and Canada. The company offers more than 1,200 products for dogs, cats, birds, small animals, reptiles and fish, according to a press release.

Ultra Marathon Training With Dogs

Ultra Marathon Training With Dogs

When you have a dog meant to RUN all day, sometimes you end up running a lot too. And then you might do something crazy like sign up for an ultra marathon.

Ultra marathon training with dogs

I’ve been running for years and completed a marathon and many half-marathons. I even started a business where I took dogs on running sessions and covered up to 20 miles per day with dogs at my side.

But I’m new to “ultras.” And I’m new to distance running on trails. Most of my distance running has been on pavement or sidewalks.

My husband Josh and I signed up for a January 2018 50-mile trail race. Dogs aren’t allowed for safety reasons unfortunately, but our pup Remy can still train with us.

I thought I’d write a bit about our training since we’re just getting started. If people seem interested, I’ll update this post as we progress.

For a more basic guide on how to run with your dog, see:

Training for an ultra marathon with your dog

Distance running and dogs

First things first, not all dogs are cut out for distance running, and not everyone agrees dogs should even go running at all. There are also people who believe I should not be running with my weimaraner until he’s 18 months old. Heck, some people lost their goddamn minds when I took my puppy walking. See my post: How far can I walk my puppy?

So, what it comes down to is knowing yourself and knowing your dog. Consult with your dog’s vet and breeder, and then ultimately you have to make the best choice.

I personally believe running is great for most dogs and I tend to start them out running at an earlier age than most. This is because people are SLOW and when I run with my dog he is actually just trotting. You can read more about my general opinions on what age to start running with puppies HERE.

Ultra marathon training with dogs

Ease into the miles

This goes without saying, but you obviously need to gradually train your dog to handle distance running.

Remy has been walking daily since he was 8 weeks old, and he’s been running regularly a few times per week since January. This includes a weekly 5-mile run.

Needless to say, his paws are tough and he’s in great shape with a lot of muscle. His joints also appear to be healthy, according to his vet.

I believe now is a safe time to start increasing Remy’s miles.

Running with my weimaraner Remy

Our ultra marathon training plan

Our current training plan consists of:

  • 1 weekly long run
  • 1 sprint workout mid-week
  • 2 cross-training workouts or light running
  • 3 days for rest/walking

Our dog tags along for all of this.

We plan to add about 15 minutes to our long runs each Saturday, so these will gradually start to get longer and longer.

Our training is more about time on our feet vs. speed. We have been generally running 20 minutes, then walking 5 minutes, repeat.

This is no problem for Remy so far, especially when we head out early and it’s not too hot. It will get more challenging as the longest runs get longer and we’ll have to think about bringing enough water for him and keeping him cool.

Obviously, once we start hitting longer runs of 15, 20 and 25+ miles we will evaluate how far we think Remy should go. Our dog does not have an off switch. He will go until he drops, so it’s up to us to watch out for him.

Update: I’ve found Remy’s limit to be about 90 minutes at least for this time of year (mid July). He gives 110% and gets hot and tired even when our runs start at 6 a.m.

Trail running with dogs

In general, people can outrun dogs once we hit a certain distance. Dogs are fast, but most are not capable of the distances people can do. There are always exceptions, of course.

Can we say, Iditarod?

Like huskies, weimaraners are not your average dogs either. They are bred for endurance!

I don’t know how many miles the average bird dog covers in the field hunting, but my dog is bred for work! His parents are working dogs, and this pup is 100% committed to run, run, RUN!

Quick stats: June 13

  • Days till race day: 214
  • Current weekly miles: 25
  • Weekly long run: 75 minutes

Beach dog!

Gear we use for our dog:

Mighty Paw hands free leash

Looking into buying:

The joy of running with dogs

Running with a dog is relaxing for me, even if I’m running with a maniac like Remy. Time on the trail is my weekly meditation, and I’m so glad Josh can experience this too.

This is why I love dogs so much. They’re eager for adventures and the outdoors and they’re just as eager to crash on the couch afterwards. Yes, even weims eventually do crash!

Dogs are grounding for me. Inspiring, simple and peaceful.

Our weim may not be a trained hunting dog. He’s not a very obedient dog or a well-mannered dog. But he’s an adventure dog!

He leads us where we want to be.

How about the rest of you. Do you run with your dog?

Do you have any questions about running with dogs?

Let us know in the comments!

-Lindsay, Josh, Ace & of course Remy!

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See related posts:

Off-leash hiking with your dog

Mighty Paw hands-free running leash

More on ultra trail running with dogs

P.S. Just want to give a little shoutout to the world’s best dog, Ace! He may be retired, but I do not forget the thousands of miles we covered together. He’s very much enjoying his retirement. Good boy, Ace!

Ace the black Lab mix

Limited Edition That Mutt Dog Subscription Boxes from Truly Pawsome

Limited Edition That Mutt Dog Subscription Boxes from Truly Pawsome


We’ve partnered with Truly Pawsome, a unique and fun dog subscription box company to bring you a That Mutt Limited Edition box of toys and treats!

Each box from Truly Pawsome contains at least four high-quality, handpicked items focusing on products your dog will love!

These boxes are normally $40 each, but our That Mutt Limited Edition boxes are just $30 for you, our readers.

This is an exclusive offer just for That Mutt’s followers. You won’t find a deal this good anywhere else!

But, there’s only 10 boxes available each month. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

To receive your box filled with surprise toys and treats, all you have to do is go to That Mutt’s Patreon page and select the $30/mo level. You’ll receive a box every month, and you can cancel at any time.

Get your June box here.

That Mutt Limited Edition Dog subscription boxes

Ace and Remy’s monthly box included:

  • Hugglehounds Frog Knottie toy ($21.95) – This one is a hit!
  • Beco Ball on a Rope toy ($10.99) – My dogs are really into this toy!
  • Dr. Harvey’s Le Dogue Bites chicken treats ($13.95)
  • Isle of Dogs Chillout treats ($7.99)
  • Nite Ize LED light ($6.99)

These were all high-quality, practical items my dogs could actually use! That’s why we love Truly Pawsome. The company only sends out the best products, and we’re so excited to share this offer with our fans.

Get your box at the special That Mutt rate HERE.

That Mutt limited edition dog subscription boxes

That Mutt dog subscription boxes from Truly Pawsome

For more info on Truly Pawsome, visit its website here.

Have any questions on how this works? Just email me at Lindsay@ThatMutt.com.

-Lindsay, Ace & Remy

Terra Ultra Dog Food Review – Healthy Dog and Cat Food

Terra Ultra Dog Food Review – Healthy Dog and Cat Food

My dogs and cats got to try a brand new pet food called Terra Ultra. This pet food is available in Canada and is coming soon to the U.S.!

Terra Ultra dog and cat food contains high-quality, grain-free dry food and pieces of freeze-dried raw chicken. There’s a version for dogs and a version for cats, so there are some happy kitties around here.

This review is sponsored by Terra Ultra pet food, but all opinions are my own. 

Terra Ultra Dog Food review

My thoughts on the Terra Ultra dog food:

Terra Ultra is a brand under the company Pipeline Pet Products, which has been a sponsor of my blog for about 3 years. You might remember the company’s healthy treat brands I’ve featured such as Green Bark Gummies and Organicfuls.

Terra Ultra is the company’s first brand of food, and it will be available in the United States soon through Jet.com. I’m happy to recommend it for anyone looking for a high-quality dry food. I’ll link to it as soon as it’s available!

The brand is not a “raw diet” because it is mostly kibble, but it’s a healthy option for those who would like to conveniently add small amounts of raw food to their pets’ meals. My two dogs and my two cats all seemed to really love this food!

Here’s a quick video we made where my cat Beamer and my weimaraner Remy made quick work of this food! Terra Ultra Dog Food Review.

Terra Ultra is transparent about its ingredients and does not use any:

  • corn
  • grain
  • wheat
  • soy
  • by-products
  • artificial flavors or
  • cheap fillers.

Here’s the list of ingredients, according to Terra Ultra’s website:

Chicken Meal, Green Whole Peas, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved), Navy Beans, Lentils, Dried Whole Beet Pulp, Brewers Yeast, Flaxseed, Chicken Liver Digest, Freeze Dried Chicken, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Apple Pomace, Dried Whole Carrot, Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols (natural preservative), Rosemary Extract (natural preservative) … [read full list here].

You can also learn about each ingredient HERE.

One downside with this brand is that the only recipe available is chicken. While chicken is a healthy food, a small percentage of dogs and cats may require a different protein source due to chicken allergies.

Terra Ultra dog food review

Where to buy

Terra Ultra Pet Food is currently available in 4.4-pound and 11-pound bags in Canadian Walmarts. It will be available in the U.S. soon on Jet.com.

Cost per 4.4-pound bag: $14

Cost per 11-pound bag: $23

What’s unique about the food?

Terra Ultra and its parent company Pipeline Pet Products are transparent about their ingredients and do not use any by-products or cheap fillers. I appreciate you can see the full list of Terra Ultra’s ingredients but also read about each one HERE.

Pipeline Pet Products also uses a patented ingraining process to naturally “ingrain” all three omega-3 fatty acids into flax and chia. Because of this process, the omega-3s are easy for dogs and cats to absorb and there’s no need for the body to convert them. No chemicals are used in this process.

Here is a video where Tristan Cavato, a co-founder of Pipeline Pet Products, shares exactly how this process works. [Link to video.]

Pros of Terra Ultra pet food:

  • Made with high-quality kibble and freeze-dried raw chicken
  • Made without corn, wheat, soy, grains
  • No artificial flavors or colors, according to the company
  • Real chicken is the first ingredient
  • The company makes food for cats too
  • Includes all three omega-3 fatty acids
  • The company is transparent about each of the ingredients

Cons:

  • Only one recipe available, which is chicken (some dogs have chicken allergies)
  • Not available in bags over 11 pounds (available in 4.4 lb & 11 lb)
  • Not available in the U.S. yet but COMING SOON!

I would recommend Terra Ultra Pet Food for …

This is a healthy dry dog and cat food I would recommend for anyone looking for a new grain-free recipe to try. Of course, it also has the added benefit of the pieces of freeze-dried raw chicken.

I would recommend this food for cats and small dogs because it comes in smaller bags right now. It’s available in Canadian Walmarts and will be available in the U.S. soon on Jet.com.

Read more about the food on its website HERE.

Terra Ultra dog food review

Would your dog or cat like to try this food?

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the brand or the food.

If you have a product you’d like to see reviewed on That Mutt, email Lindsay@ThatMutt.com.

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