Activities For Large High Energy Dogs

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Introduction

It is one thing to have a dog that is very high energy but it is totally another thing to have a dog that is large and full of energy. A big dog who is bouncing off the wall is never a good thing. Keeping your big pup active and on the go will help curb their energy levels and make you and them happier. These activities are perfect for high energy, large dogs. 

Red Light, Green Light

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30 min
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Treats
Activity description

Not only is this game fun for kids to learn but it is perfect for your large, high energy dog! If you know the game red light, green light from childhood, this is exactly what you will be playing with your dog. The benefits of this game are infinite. Your dog will get some much needed exercise and also get to learn a fun new game. Teaching your dog the "red light" portion of this game is also beneficial as it teaches them to stop on a dime when commanded. This is a skill any high energy large dog needs to know so when they are going, going, going, you can make them stop! Just call "red light!" 

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Choose a location
Bring your dog somewhere that they can really run and play with you. You want your dog to be able to go full speed before commanding them to stop. Don't forget to bring a bunch of treats on your adventure to train your dog to play red light, green light.
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Go and stop
Start by running around with your dog. Let them go fast and be excited. Then, call your large, high energy dog over to you and have them sit while you say "red light!". Give your dog a treat and then say "green light" and begin to run around again. Repeat this process over and over until you can simply say "red light" and your dog instantly stops, ready for a treat.
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Play everywhere
Practice this game frequently and try to incorporate it into your dog's everyday life. If your dog is charging around the house unnecessarily, say "red light" and then reward your dog when they stop. When you start off on a walk, say "green light" and then begin to walk. These commands will come in handy for a high energy, large dog and, the game is just fun to play!
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Flirt Pole

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20 min
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Flirt Pole
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When you have a high energy dog, there are many times when your dog will want to play, run and go when all you want to do is stand still. That is probably a common occurrence as a high energy big dog would tend to have more energy than an average Joe. 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 ties on the end. At the end of the rope is a ball, toy or feather that your dog can chase. Let's take a look at how to use one of these toys!

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Obtain 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 do not fall off as you and your large dog are playing. Also be sure to make the toy at the end of the rope one that interests your dog.
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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 that is bare 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 sky to make your dog jump up. When your dog loves chasing the flirt pole around, remember that you can play this game anywhere, even as you relax on the couch!
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Friends

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1 hr
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Dogs love to play with other dogs. High energy dogs should especially be around other pups in order to play and also socialize. There are many ways in which you can make sure your dog gets to take part in exercise and run with other dogs and some will be outlined here. Not only is it great fun for your dog to get to frolic with other pups but you will also be able to sit back and relax as your dog gets to run and play - no human involvement needed! Try to incorporate these large high energy dog activities into your pup's regular schedule to keep them happy.

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Classes
Find a local dog training center that has free play for dogs. This typically involves you bringing your dog to a free play "class" where they will get to run and play while off the leash with other dogs. Most centers will also have classes specific to your dog's size so be sure to look for a "big dog" class!
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Dog park
Find a dog park near you where your large dog can run off their leash with other pups. Dog parks provide a fabulous outing as they are usually free and you can drop by anytime. However, your pal may make friends who go at regular times throughout the week, so you may want to go at the same time too.
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One on one
Find a friend with a fenced in backyard or consider fencing in your own backyard for your furry friend. Once you have a good, secure location, invite other dogs to come and play with you and your pup. Let your dog run as long as they'd like - a big tired dog is a happy dog!
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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

Contemplate bringing your dog on runs 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, going at a decent pace will cheer up your pup!

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 big pup 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 and get excited as well to do some of these great activities that you will both surely love. Say goodbye to all that pent up energy!