Are High Energy Dogs Right for You?

When selecting a family dog, consider how much time you have for different forms of activation, as well as which form of activation you think is fun and exciting, so that you are as well prepared as possible before the new family member arrives. Depending on whether you choose an Irish Setter or a Pekingese, there is a significant difference in what is required to keep the dog stimulated.

A Border Collie, for example, is a good choice if you enjoy agility and want to devote a lot of time and energy to it once the dog is large enough. This breed is known for its high energy and intelligence, and it requires physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis through activities like agility training, herding, and obedience training.

However, agility training is not used to keep the Border in top shape; instead, many tasks are required throughout the day because it is accustomed to being mentally and physically stimulated. After all, it is a working dog, a herding dog that has been bred and is good at moving sheep at a certain speed.

So, if you choose a Border Collie without sheep to herd, as I previously stated, it will need a lot of stimulation to keep it happy. As it is a very intelligent dog that learns quickly - both the good and not-so-good habits - it is necessary to give it as many tasks as possible, preferably with an increased degree of difficulty. Avoid stressful games with a Border as this causes an increase in stress, which is bad for the dog. This, in my opinion, applies to all dog breeds, not just the Border Collie.

When it comes to herding dogs in general, a lack of stimulation is frequently a challenge, as the dog frequently begins to herd things he shouldn't, such as joggers, bicycles, roller skaters, cars, and so on. It is a natural part of them that needs to be used enough because it is so ingrained in their genes. This herding behavior can be reduced by keeping them mentally active in daily life, so that there isn't so much "surplus energy" that can turn into what the family would call inappropriate behavior. 

Another type of working dog with a different temperament is the Siberian husky, which belongs to the spitz dog family. In general, this is a strong-willed dog who must be trained to physically pull and enjoy long walks in nature. If you live in an apartment in the middle of the city, even if you adore the breed's appearance and personality, this breed is not for you. 

It is important to know that there are activities that may be stressful for dogs. When dogs are exposed to loud noises, such as fireworks or thunderstorms, or when people or other animals make sudden movements, they may become anxious or fearful.

Dogs may become anxious or stressed when:

  • they are confined to small spaces, such as crates or kennels, or are unable to move freely
  • they are taken away from their owners, particularly if they have a close attachment with them
  • they are in strange places, like a new house or park
  • they don't interact with other canines or people on a social level
  • they are in crowded settings like dog training sessions, bustling streets, and pet shows
  • too many sights, sounds, or odors over excite them.

Dogs with high levels of energy need a lot of mental and physical engagement to stay happy and healthy. They require regular exercise to burn off their excess energy. Long walks, runs, or hikes are examples, as are activities like agility training, flyball, and fetch.

Mental stimulation can be provided by interactive games such as hide and seek, tug-of-war, and puzzle toys. Socialization is essential for all energy levels of dogs, but it is especially important for high energy dogs. This can include meeting new people and dogs, as well as traveling to new locations.

Obedience, tricks, and agility training can mentally stimulate high-energy dogs. Because high-energy dogs become bored easily, providing a variety of activities can keep them mentally and physically stimulated. You can also keep them occupied and mentally stimulated with a busy box, food puzzles, or treat toys.

When they have a goal or work, many high-energy dogs flourish. This can involve training to be a therapy dog, search-and-rescue dog, or canine assistance dog for individuals with disabilities. All dogs should follow a balanced eating plan, but energetic dogs need the proper quantity of vitamins and nutrients to support their busy lifestyle.

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