. If an owner shows frustration or anger, their dog will usually act more hyper.
All you need to do is have some sort of stick, we have used everything from a sawed down broom stick to a plunger stick. Tie a rope to one end of the stick and tie a toy to the other end of the rope. With minimal exercise for the owner, a Poodle can jump and run around as they are "teased" with the toy and exert quite a bit of energy.
You can use this opportunity to go outside, if the weather is appropriate, or you can do this inside if the weather is not cooperating. Whether you teach your Poodle to play fetch or to heel, this is another good 20-30 minutes that will have your dog moving around, exerting energy. We do highly suggest saving obedience training for a later part of the day, once your Poodle has already had his or her walk. In this way, your puppy or dog will be much more able to focus.
Free walking. Aside from "normal" walks in which an owner should be adhering to giving "heeling" commands, free walking is an activity for both owner and Poodle to bond and to have fun. This can be at a dog park or a quiet hiking trail.
Parks and trails will have different rules, such as "leash on" or "leash off" and you must find the ones that best fit your Poodle's level of obedience.
Going for hike will not be much fun if you spend your time yelling for your Poodle to come back to you. However, if your Poodle fully understands "Come" and won't wander far, this can be a great way of allowing your Poodle some freedom, being able to experience different sights and smells
... all while having some exercise and again, exerting exercise.
If your puppy or dog needs leash control, you can still have a great time on a hike that fits your Poodle's activity needs.
A Final Word
- Do keep in mind how much exercise your Poodle can handle. While you want to offer enough activities and exercise during the day to allow your pup or dog to not have "pent up energy", you also do not want to overwhelm your dog with too much. A Toy Poodle or a Miniature, after the age of 4 months, can handle a good walk and obedience training and some indoor exercise each day... with perhaps a nice hike 1 or 2 times per month. A Standard Poodle can handle a bit more.
Before you exercise, be sure to offer water and take breaks to offer water during exercise. If your Poodle is panting too hard or keeps sitting or laying down, your pup or dog is trying to tell you that they need to rest.
If you do not have time during the day to offer more exercise for your Poodle, do keep in mind that hiring a dog walker may be well worth it, to keep your Poodle happy and healthy. Dog walkers can be anyone whom you trust. In today's economy, many trustworthy teenagers, or even an adult who is out of work, would appreciate being offered the opportunity.
The average price for having a dog walker spend an hour doing activities with your Poodle is about $10 USD. Even having this 2 times per week, plus the additional activities you will be able to offer on the weekend can greatly help.