Some dogs have a greater need for exercise than others, and some dogs have more lively and energetic temperaments than others. How do you let them off the hook?
Some dogs have a greater need to spend energy than others, and some dogs have more lively and energetic temperaments than others.
This is an aspect to consider when choosing the breed of your future dog and when selecting the puppy in the litter or the character of the adult dog you wish to adopt. It is essential to know as much as possible about the nature of the dog you are adopting to know, first of all, if you will be able to assume such a character and especially to be able to offer him activities adapted to his needs and desires.
To do this, if you adopt a puppy from a kennel, it is essential not to choose him before he is at least one month old so that the breeder can guide you towards the puppy that will best correspond to your lifestyle and your expectations concerning your future companion.
And if you adopt a dog in a shelter or through an association, you should ask the employees of the top you have chosen or the foster families who have taken in your future dog.
Perhaps you have chosen to have an energetic and very active dog, or maybe you are overwhelmed and can’t spend enough time with him.
In any case, here are five ways to get your active dog out of bed:
Practising a dog sport
This is the best way to get an active dog off the couch. Indeed, practising a dog sport is ideal because it allows you to exercise your dog and yourself simultaneously, which is not negligible. Still, it also allows you to create and strengthen a fundamental relationship between the owner and his dog.
There are many dog sports, and it will be pretty easy to find the sport that will suit you and your dog.
If you have a hunting dog, choose sports that stimulate olfaction, such as tracking.
If you have a sheepdog, choose sports such as tribal or herding if you have the possibility.
If you have a sledge dog (Nordic), you should, of course, choose sports such as can-cross, can-trottinette, can-vtt, etc.
But in general, many dogs, especially working dogs (hunting, herding, sledging), will particularly appreciate traction sports because they allow a dog to expend his energy in a very efficient way.
Offering your occupational dog toys
Occupational toys have been the subject of a separate article that I invite you to discover without further delay if you wish to know the top toys that are good to offer your dog.
From the digging mat to the intelligence and strategy game, every dog will undoubtedly find pleasure in spending time on one of the toys we propose in this article.
Occupation toys are essential for many reasons, here are the main ones:
Occupational toys allow a dog to be mentally and often politically active,
They can be made by yourself and therefore at a lower cost,
They occupy a dog when he is alone and thus help to work on the serene learning of solitude,
For the most part, occupation toys stimulate a dog mentally, which will tire him more than a two-hour walk.
This is the easiest way to do it and should be done in any case, whether you have an active dog or not.
Walks outside the garden should be automatic and especially daily. You should know that a dog should be walked at least 30 minutes a day, outside his home.
Learn new directions
Training a dog should not stop at the basic “sit, down, stay”. A dog should learn throughout its life.
And since the mental expenditure is much more effective than physical expenditure in tiring a dog, it is essential to offer his dog short. Still, regular sessions to learn various tricks such as pawing, bowing, turning, rolling, etc.
The goal here is not to turn your dog into a circus animal but rather to stimulate him mentally regularly and, above all, to strengthen the relationship between the master and his dog through coherent, justified and productive interactions.
Offer regular meetings between fellow dogs.
There is nothing better to stimulate a dog than to let him play with his companions. Of course, the encounters must be regular, controlled and always positive to be synonymous with absolute pleasure for the dog.
I invite you to read our article entitled “how to play with several dogs”.
For these encounters to go well, the most important thing is to propose them from the youngest age of the dog and as regularly as possible.
Moreover, in addition to letting off steam, the dog will learn to “talk dog”, reinforcing his self-control, sociability, canine codes, etc.