Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, and Dalmatians are just some of the dog breeds with a reputation of being happy-go-lucky, just itching to move and filled to the brim with energy. Of course, one should make a careful decision when choosing a dog, and picking a high-energy dog breed is a sound decision for a high-energy person, as these dogs require much more than a walk or a game of fetch. Here are some things you can do to make satiating their need for speed easier on you.
Prepare your home
Proactively preparing your home can mean avoiding a lot of damage. Everything from baby gates to wireless pet fences (you can see ours here) will prevent him from wandering into those places you want to keep off limits inside of your home and in your yard. Dogs start destroying the house and the yard when they have a ton of energy built up so…
Incorporate your dog into your exercise routine
Given sufficient exercise, a high-energy dog like the Border Collie, can become a loyal and dependable companion. Without proper outlets for energy and challenges for intellect, the Border Collie is a bundle of disastrous energy that will be used tearing up furniture, digging up gardens and terrorizing house guests. This is true for most high energy breeds.
To positively release and use your dog’s mental and physical energy, stick to an exercise regimen for you and your dog, keeping it as consistent as possible. It is true that a lot of dogs enjoy random exercise throughout the day, but a “work” schedule for your dog will improve his behavior and give him structure.
Get creative with your training and exercise
A walk or game of fetch is not going to cut it for these dogs, so it’s best to get creative, and get your heart pumping along with your dog’s heart. One thing I love about being a dog owner is that it forces me to exercise, and I never have to do it alone. Aside from a daily walk or jog, you can do the following fun activities:
1. Run with your dog up and down a set of stairs. I do this when the weather is less than desirable for foot traffic.
2. Set up a mentally and physically challenging obstacle course (or try agility training) with a hula hoop, weave poles or cones to run around, and create tunnels from old couch cushions or cardboard boxes to run through.
3. Get a treat dispensing toy so he has to work for it, and feel free to hide the treats around the house.
4. Take him to the dog park. Dogs love to socialize and show off their mock-fighting skills. Once you think you have your dog trained enough so that he interacts well with other dogs, feel free to let him play as you watch.
Take him to the dog park. Dogs love to socialize and show off their mock-fighting skills. Once you think you have your dog trained enough so that he interacts well with other dogs, feel free to let him play as you watch.
A high-energy dog can be a lot of fun, but it takes a big commitment to engage him mentally and physically. With a little bit of creativity, routine and effort on your part, you can have a faithful and intelligent companion in a high-energy dog.
Adam Holmes loves his two dogs Argos the Husky and Lilly the Labradoodle more than life. When he isn’t writing about all things canine, he spends his time training his dogs for CGC certification and doing agility training with Argos.