Dogs, like humans, can all be very different in character. Therefore, when it
comes to choosing a canine companion, it is essential to choose one that has the qualities
and temperament that you are looking for in a pet. While this could be a
relaxed, calm demeanor or being particularly good with other animals or
small children, some people specifically choose dogs that are high-energy and
as such, are great to take out on walks, runs and other active pursuits.

High-energy breeds of dog

If you are looking for a canine companion that is full of boundless energy, you
should consider one of the following breeds:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Blue Heeler
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Dachshund
  • Fox Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Siberian Husky
  • Irish Setter
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Border Collie
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Dalmatian
  • Labrador / Golden Retriever
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Poodle

 

Why it is important to burn off excess energy

For many owners, one of the best things about canine ownership is being able
to enjoy long walks, runs, and other forms of exercise with their pet. However,
if you choose a high-energy pet, it is essential to be consistent with the amount
of physical activity you offer them. This is because without adequate mental
and physical stimulation, dogs that are full of energy are prone to developing
behavior problems, which could take some of the enjoyment out of your
relationship with one another.

Tips for exercising your high-energy dog

So, what is the best way to ensure that your furry bundle of energy gets
enough physical exertion each day? Here are our top tips for exercising your
high-energy dog.

Ensure he has mastered basic obedience first

One of the most important things that you should do before exploring any
activities beyond walking on the leash is to ensure that your canine pal has
mastered the art of basic obedience. This will include following commands
such as sit, stay, walk to heel and drop, as well as making sure that his recall is
perfect. The last thing you need to worry about is him running off and not coming back to you
when you call his name.

Once basic obedience has been achieved, your dog will see you as a leader and
be prepared to follow your instructions. This will make taking part in other
forms of exercise much easier and more importantly, safer for your pet.
Push the boundaries of walking

While walking is by far the most common way to exercise your canine, many
owners only take their dogs for walks long enough for them to empty their
bladder and bowels on work days and save longer excursions for the weekend.
However, a short walk around the block is unlikely to be enough to burn off
the excess energy that your dog has.

Try and offer longer walks whenever possible, but if you don’t have the time,
increase the intensity of the walk instead. This could mean choosing a route
that provides more physical challenges, such as inclines or walking
across sand, or increase the pace so that you are both jogging or running
instead.

Find a sport that you can enjoy together

Although your furbaby may find holding a baseball bat a little tricky, there are
many alternative sporting activities that he can participate in and you may enjoy
doing together, like obstacle courses, hurdles and even swimming.
Tracking is another popular sport, and you don’t need to have a canine that
is a tracking breed to participate. Tracking involves following a scent trail to
find an object– an activity which engages his brain as well as his body.

Many dogs also enjoy flyball, a very high-energy sport in which dogs compete
in teams in a manner similar to that of a human relay race.

Join a class or club

Socialization skills are extremely important for your dog.  Training, agility or
other types of classes or clubs provide opportunities to both socialize and exercise your pet.

Invest in a treadmill

If there are likely to be times that you can’t get outside too much, for example,
because it is sub-zero temperatures, or the ground is too hot to walk on, you
could consider investing in a treadmill. They may be principally human exercise
equipment, but it is possible to train a dog to walk or trot safely on a treadmill
too.

Find ways to calm your pet

After exercise, it is important for your furbaby to know that playtime is over,
and they must calm down. The best way to do this is to train your dog to
understand and respond to a specific command such as ‘calm’ or ‘finished’.
Canines can actually learn the right behavior for any given instruction over
time, and a treat and positive reinforcement is usually the best way to teach
them.

If you have a particularly high-energy dog and need further tips on how to calm
him down, be sure to speak with the experienced professionals at Noblesville
Pet Wellness Clinic for advice.