What was that small blur that just went past? Oh, it was your small high energy dog! Little dogs sure can go fast and they also tend never to stop! If your furry pal seems to have an endless supply of energy, then planning activities to keep them busy is necessary. Keeping your pup entertained will benefit you and your dog, so pick one of these great activities for small high energy dogs and get started!
It may seem obvious but bringing a small, high energy dog somewhere they can run is a great idea. While you may think to go for a run or jog along with your pup, small dogs don’t tend to be the best long distance runners. Instead, pick a place where your small dog can run off the leash, on their own. This way, they can go as fast as they like and stop as needed for a quick sniff break. Letting your small, high energy dog run free in a new location is a great way to (maybe) tire them out!
A high energy dog will typically love to play fetch. They also probably want to play fetch all the time, around the clock. While we all wish we could play with our dogs all day, it is just not possible. So, instead, teach your high energy pup to play fetch by themselves! There are a few ways to do this but both are very effective and will keep your dog busy for hours. Independent fetch is also a great game to keep your dog busy when you have to leave the house. Set it up, walk away and rest assured knowing that your dog is playing happily!
You may have seen a toy typically used for cats, called a flirt pole. This is a long pole with a rope tied on the tip with a toy (commonly a feather) at the other end of the rope. It looks kind of like a fishing pole with a toy at the end. These are perfect for high energy dogs to play with. These toys are also cheap to buy and easy to make so you don't have to break the bank to get started. Also, if your small pup destroys the toy by loving it too much, you can easily get a new one!
Set up an obstacle course for your small dog and teach them how to run through. This will help them stay active and also challenge their doggy mind! A tunnel to run through and a low hurdle to jump over will provide tons of fun and exercise. Use lots of treats as rewards!
Call a fellow dog owner and set up a play date for your dogs. High energy dogs will love having someone to run around with that is their own size!
Small, high energy dogs can be a handful but they can also be so much fun. Set up activities for your dog to do daily that will help them release some of that energy and stay a happy and healthy pup. There is so much that you and your small pup can do together - the possibilities are endless! With a small active dog, know that you will never be bored - you will always be on the go!