My husband and I are wild about Milton (15-months-old), but he is really concerning me lately. I have a bad habit of regarding Milton as my child, so I feel the need to occupy him throughout the day, especially with summer upon us. I love spending time with Milt, but he rarely if ever plays on his own. Only in the early morning or just before bed will he grab a bone to chew on and only then for a few minutes at a time. I worry that I have ruined his ability to entertain himself because I am constantly seeking to engage him with playtime or day trips out and about.
On an average summer day, Milt wakes later than I do, greets me, and then will nap until we go for our 3-mile walk. Upon return, he naps a lot more, and sometime in the afternoon I will eat lunch outside and throw balls for him or he will swim in his kiddie pool. In the evening, I either take him for another abbreviated walk, 2-miles, or we visit the dog park, so he can swim. I really enjoy the walking and playing, but I would like for him to be a bit more active during the day and rummage through his toys to have some fun. I do like the dog park, but I would prefer to go once or twice per week instead. The thing is Milt is not the type of dog who seems to revel in all this sleep; he really likes to be active and having fun.
I am curious to know just how active everyone else's dogs are. After a school year full of daycare three days per week, I have the feeling Milt dog is bored, and I want him to learn to be the entertainer instead of me. Any ideas or advice? Do all of you walk your dog twice per day? Do your dogs tend to nap for the vast majority of the day? Would introducing another doodle puppy into our household add good energy? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance!