Top Activities For Large High Energy Dogs

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Introduction

It's one thing to have a dog who's very high energy, but it's a whole 'nother thing to have a dog who's large and full of energy. Keeping your big pup active and on the go will help curb their energy levels and make you (and them) happier. Scroll on to discover some "furrific" activities for big, boisterous doggos!

Flirt pole

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Flirt Pole
Activity description

If you're the proud parent of a high-energy large breed, you know all too well that your dog constantly wants to play and run when all you want to do is stand still. So how can you get your dog the exercise and energy release that they need without putting in too much effort yourself? A flirt pole!

A flirt pole is essentially a large stick with a rope tied on the end. At the end of the rope is a ball, toy, or feather that your dog can chase. Using a flirt pole is a great way to raise your dog's heart rate without requiring too much strenuous activity on your part. Let's take a look at how to use one of these toys.

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Get a flirt pole
Buy or make a flirt pole for your dog. If you choose to make one, make sure the knots of the rope are securely tied to the stick and to the toy so they don't fall off while you're playing. Choose a toy that your dog likes or will find interesting to keep the game going.
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Get ready to play
Bring your flirt pole outdoors or opt to play inside — either way will work. Hold the end of the stick and dangle the rope end with the toy attached in front of your dog. Watch them leap and try to get the toy just as you pull it away from their grasp.
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Play all day
Keep playing with your dog as long as you'd like. Whip the pole around to have the dog run around and chase it. Pull it high up in the air to make your dog jump up. As long as your dog loves chasing the flirt pole, you can play this game anywhere, even as you relax on the couch!
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Go for a swim

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
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Doggy life jacket
Towel
Chew toy
Activity description

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise for a number of reasons. Not only does it help build muscle tone and provide a challenging cardiovascular workout, but it's also a low-impact way to raise your dog's heart rate. This makes swimming a great choice for large breeds who may experience the pain of arthritis later in life, with stiff joints and limbs resulting from high-impact exercise. So if your pet is ready to make a splash, here's what you need to do.

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Find the "pawfect" spot
The first thing you need to do is find the best place for your dog to get wet. Your choice of venues will vary based on everything from where you live to your dog's swimming ability, so hunt around to find the ideal swimming spot. Options include beaches, rivers, lakes, and even dog-friendly swimming pools.
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Get used to the water
Let your dog get used to being in and around the water at their own pace. Some high-energy pups won't hesitate to plunge headfirst into the water, while others may need a little more coaxing. Use treats to reward an anxious pooch for getting their paws wet, but don't force them into the water if they don't want to go. Using a doggy life jacket is also an important safety step, especially for dogs that aren't confident swimmers.
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Get moving
For some dogs, the joy of "swimming" is all about splashing around in the shallows, perhaps for a game of water-based fetch or just some high-speed zoomies. Other dogs will love doggy paddling in deeper water, so encourage them to go for a swim beside you. Just make sure to keep an eye on the conditions at all times, and watch your pup for any signs that they need a rest.
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Treat Treasure Hunt

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Your dog's favorite treats
Activity description

You should never underestimate the importance of mental stimulation when trying to tire out a high-energy dog. While your pet's body needs a workout, challenging their mind at the same time is a wonderful way to help them stay happy and healthy. It'll also stop them acting out or turning to destructive behavior as a way to ease boredom or relieve excess energy. One of our favorite ways to provide mental enrichment for dogs is through scent games. Your dog's sense of smell is amazingly powerful, so why not put it into action with games like this treat treasure hunt?

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Start simple
The first thing you need to do is teach your dog the purpose of the game: finding a treat. So start by tossing one of their favorite treats out into your yard or living room in front of them, and tell them to "find it" or simply say, "Where's the treat?" Once they've gathered up the treat, they'll be rewarded with a tasty snack as well as plenty of praise from you.
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Make it harder
Now it's time to increase the difficulty level a little. Rather than just throwing out a treat in plain sight, you can try hiding it when your dog is in another room. Start with basic hiding places, then gradually move up to more advanced locations. It's up to your dog to use their sense of smell to sniff out the treasure!
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Try other scent games
Once your pooch has mastered treat treasure hunt, you can try some other games that put their nose into action. For example, you might like to try the cup game, where they need to work out which of a series of upturned cups has a treat hidden under it. Alternatively, you could try a game of hide-and-seek where they have to track down where you are hiding at home. There are plenty of options to choose from, so search around for anything that gets your dog's tail wagging.
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Constant fetch

While you can, of course, play fetch with your pup, try constant fetch where the ball never stops moving. Grab multiple balls and throw one after another after another for your dog until they are finally tired out (if that time ever comes).

Running

If you need to let your dog run off some steam, why not take them for a run with you? You don't need to go super fast to make your large high-energy dog happy. Just being out there on the road and going at a decent pace will cheer up your pup. Even better, it'll help you and your dog stay in shape.

Conclusion

The list of activities for a large high-energy pup to participate in is long and full of fun. The main idea is to get your dog going, and going fast! Training your dog to learn to stop is also very important, especially since they are so big. No one wants a huge pup who doesn't listen to commands! So get active with your big dog, try these great activities that you will both surely love, and say goodbye to all that pent-up energy.