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!
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.