Agility activities are excellent for dogs with a high energy level, allowing them to be active while gaining new skills and improving upon them. These activities are also a great way to spend quality time with your dog. Start by involving your dog in a particular activity; for example, stepping through a hula hoop. Once your pup is able to do that when the hoop is on the ground, raise the hoop of the ground a bit, and encourage your dog to jump through. You can keep increasing the height the hoop is off the ground as your dog masters the ability to jump through it. You can use a kiddie tunnel for your dog to run through, as well as create jumps with PVC pipe. As your pooch masters a few of these activities, you can start stringing them together, creating an obstacle course for your dog!
If you are a runner, or have always wanted to run, an energetic dog can make a great running companion. Start slow and at a low mileage, and build the endurance of both your and your canine companion. It is best to avoid busy streets and keep your dog on a leash in case you need to be able to have control over them right away. Running will work up both you and your dog's thirst, so make sure to bring plenty of water. Your pup will love spending time with their person, and you will find that running with your dog is a great excuse to get outside and be active.
Some energetic dogs will love to spend time in the water. This can include a plastic kiddie pool filled with water, or visits to water sources near you, like rivers, lakes or the ocean. Not only can your dog splash around, play and swim in the water, but you can also play games of fetch where your dog runs into the water to get the item you have thrown, returning it to you. Fetch in the water is a great idea for keeping a high energy dog busy that will not require a lot of physical effort on your part. Perfect for the day after a ten mile hike that wore you out but did not seem to impact your energetic pup!