Every dog is different. Some are content to curl up on the floor and sleep the day away, while others are constantly on the go. It’s a good idea to do a little research before you adopt a dog and figure out which breeds might be the best fit for you. Talk to the rescue organization’s staff or a veterinarian to learn more about the dog or breed’s personality and energy level.
If you have a high energy dog, it can be tiring trying to keep up with them and keep them entertained. Here are a few ways you can satisfy their need for activity without driving yourself crazy:
Step up your daily walks. If long walks around the neighborhood aren’t doing the trick, kick it up a notch. Go for a run or hop on your bike to get your dog going a little faster. Consider taking a hike instead so there’s more challenging terrain than just flat sidewalks. Let your dog go for a swim or retrieve a ball or stick you threw into the water to burn off some energy.
Invest in active toys. Your dog might not be satisfied just chewing on a ball. Get a rope to play tug-of-war, or tie a stuffed animal to the end and let your dog jump and chase after it (much like cats do). Find toys that have different textures for your dog to chew and explore. Throw a ball or frisbee and see if your dog can catch it or at least retrieve it.
Incorporate strategy. Engage your dog’s mind by teaching them new tricks. They can focus their energy into learning and practicing what you’re asking. You can also get puzzle toys where you hide some food inside and your dog must figure out how to get it out. These can be great for keeping them busy while providing a snack as well. There are also food bowls that are puzzles and keep your dog from inhaling its dinner. If there’s a dog park nearby, have your dog work on jumping up on or over obstacles, crawling underneath, or weaving around. There can be lots of stimulating activities available there.
Plan for the day. If you know you’ll be gone at work all day and your dog will be home alone, chances are, they’re going to get into trouble or have boundless energy once you return. Find a pet sitter or friend who can take them out during the day to stay active. For even more activity, sign them up for doggie daycare where they’ll be able to run around and play with other dogs and have human interaction as well. After a full day of play, they’ll be ready for a little down time just like you after work.
Relax knowing that your dog is in good hands and engaged in safe, fun activities to keep them busy and burn off some of their energy at Lake Wylie Pet Resort. Going out of town? In addition to doggie daycare, boarding and grooming services are available as well. Contact us today to learn more!