Activities For A High Energy Dog

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Man, that dog has a lot of energy! If you have ever found yourself saying this about your pup then you have found the right article - we will help you find ways to keep that high energy dog busy! Taking care of a high energy dog can be a lot of work. You want to keep your dog happy and enable them to get out some of that energy but you also have to keep yourself sane (you can only go to the dog park so many times…). A high energy dog needs an outlet for all that power and this guide will help you find the best one for that dog. 

Play Ball

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 minutes
Items needed
A ball
Activity description

Playing ball with your dog is a classic way to help your dog get out pent up energy. You throw, they run. Simple as that! This activity may be simple but the benefits are so amazing. There is nothing better to help your dog get out energy than constant running. If your dog doesn't like to drop the ball upon their return, just get two balls! Throw one, have your dog run to get it, then throw another- never let them stop! 

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Go shopping
Get some balls for your dog. Scratch that, get a lot of balls. The more, the better! When buying a ball for your pup, consider your dog's size. You don't want to get a ball that is too big for your dog to carry or they will never want to play fetch - it would just be frustrating! Once you find your dog's favorite ball, buy a bunch. They will come in handy.
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Pick the location
Find a big space where you can throw a ball. If you are stuck inside, a nice long hallway will work. If you are able to get outside, find a park or fenced in area (tennis courts work great!). The bigger the space, the better as you want your dog to be able to run for a while.
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Throw!
Throw that ball! The second it leaves your hand, your dog will follow it with excitement. Watch that dog go! A high energy dog will be at their prime when chasing a ball. Enjoy your dog's enthusiasm and play until they are tired out (or at least a little worn-out).
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Backpack Walks

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
30 minutes
Items needed
Doggy Backpack
Water bottles
Collar
Leash
Activity description

While you may know that taking your dog for a walk or a hike will help them get out some energy, adding a doggy backpack to the equation is even more beneficial. High energy dogs have active minds and by giving them a job, like carrying a backpack, they will feel as though they have a purpose. Doggy backpacks also just add extra weight to your dog's back and therefore a walk with a backpack will tired them out more. If you see a backpack that you like on another dog, make an inquiry as to where to get one for your canine pal.

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Research and purchase a backpack
Invest in a nice dog backpack that fits your high energy pup. There are many different types and sizes of backpacks so read some reviews and do your research before investing. Once you pick a type, try it on your dog and make sure they are comfortable. The backpack should be tight enough that it doesn't slip off but loose enough so that your dog can walk easily.
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Add some weight
Fill the backpack with anything you want that will add some weight to your dog. Water bottles are the perfect thing to put in a doggy backpack as you can fill them as much or as little as you'd like to vary how much the backpack weighs (and you can drink the water on your walk!). Start off by adding just a small amount of weight to the backpack and then adding more and more as your dog gets use to the added load.
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Time to walk
Head out on your hike! Now you are ready to wear that high energy dog out! Walk as long as you'd like and watch as your dog starts to go slower and slower… they will actually get tired! Be sure to offer your canine pal water to drink when on the walk; you don't want him getting dehydrated. If your pet seems to like the activity, a backpack can be used on any walk at any time so put one on your pup every time you head out the door.
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Doggy Daycare

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
4 hours
Items needed
Car
Day Care Facility
Activity description

All that dog energy can be exhausting to us humans. Sometimes, you might just need a break. However, your dog probably never needs a break and their high energy is constant. What to do? Find a doggy daycare! Doggy day cares are the perfect place for you pup to go just to get out of the house and be able to run and play with other dogs and humans. You can stay at home, go shopping, go to work or do just about anything you'd like all the while knowing that your pup is having fun and getting out some of that excess energy.

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Searching...
Find a doggy day care near you that has good reviews. You can even visit the doggy daycare and check it out for yourself. Look for a day care that has activities you think your dog will enjoy. Some offer walks, others offer one on one playtime with a trainer and your pup and some will just have all day play for all of the dogs together. Which will be best for your dog?
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Scheduling
Sign up for day care on a consistent basis. Just like people, dogs do well with schedules. If your dog goes several times a week, every week they will have a dependable outlet for their energy. Your pup will also, most likely, make friends at doggy day care and look forward to playing with them on certain days. Schedules can be great!
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Say goodbye!
Drop your pup off and get ready for them to come home tired! All that running and playing, sniffing and discovering is enough to make even the most high energy dog exhausted. Doggy daycare is a great outlet for a high energy dog that is independent from you. Great for your dog's sanity and your own!
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Find a Friend

Getting your dog a playmate is a sure way to help them get some energy out. You do not need to go out and purchase another dog yourself, just find someone else with a high energy dog and schedule some play dates!

Puzzle Toys

Giving your dog a toy with hidden treats inside is a perfect way to wear them out. Watch as your dog throws the toy, rolls it around and frantically tries to get at the treats inside.

Conclusion

You may love that your dog has a lot of energy or you may find it to be a burden. Whatever your feelings toward your pup's energy level, it is a fact that you have to work with. Making your dog's life happy is of the upmost importance, so pick an activity and get ready to help your dog stay happy and healthy by using their excess energy in a productive way. Happy walking!