My OH is away for 3 weeks and I'm finding it a bit hard to give Harley the exercise he is used to.
About 2 months ago, we cut out the dog minder as either I or my OH was here for most of the day and it was working very well. When he booked his trip, I contacted the old minder who told me she has gone back to work full time and so can't do it.
Now it's only 3 weeks, so the time alone during the day (4-6hours 3 days a week), while not ideal, is not a huge concern, however his energy levels are HUGE! OH used to bring him out at a certain time and would usually bump into a man with his two dogs, one being a boxer the same age as harley so he burnt off his energy playing, then a gentle walk for a while with me in the evening and he'd be fine, relaxed, happy, obedient.
I have been bringing him out for 20-30 mins in the mornings then again for at least an hour in the evenings, walking for ages, playing fetch etc but I can't seem to tire him out. He's constantly hyper, being very very disobedient to the point of barking at me if I say "NO" (It's adorable but he doesn't know I think that) and he just seems wired, he needs a good energy release.
Any suggestions? He gets bored of fetch quickly and there is a limit to how long I can walk for! How woud you suggest I help him burn off this energy?