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How To Live With A High Energy Dog

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Many of the pictures I post of Abby happened to be of her sleeping the day away, but what I failed to mention is that my sweet Abby is a high energy dog, and in order to get her tired I have to do different things.  Ironic, after my Alex was gone, I was seriously thinking about getting a senior dog.  Instead, I got Abby.

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These are some of the things I do to get her tired:

  • Walking – depending on the dog’s age, weight, health, etc., it could be anything from 30+ minutes.  When the weather gets too cold we do shorter walks
  • Running – I get on my bike and she runs right alongside me.  It takes time to teach a dog how to do this, but it’s worth it
  • Kayaking – when the weather gets warm, we take her with us kayaking.  And yes, she does wear a flotation device
  • Shopping – yes, you read it right.  There are stores that do allow dogs.  The ones we usually visit are: Home Depot, PetSmart, Pets Unlimited, Christmas Tree Shop, etc.  This is great when the weather is either too hot or too cold to walk outside
  • Behavior and Training – I am starting to teach her how to sit without saying anything or making any hand signals.  Only eye contact

If you do not fulfill your dog’s needs, he will drive you crazy, and chances are that he will end up back in a shelter and/or a breeder.  Having a canine companion is a lot of responsibility, but who says it can’t be fun too!

Dog Walking And Really Cold Weather

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I love to walk, that is no surprise to those who know me, but when the weather gets really cold I keep in mind, and you should too, the following:

  • Puppies and senior dogs should take short walks
  • If your dog is shivering, doesn’t want to leave the house, etc., this is a clue for you Not to take him for a walk.  Yes, you heard me right
  • Short-haired dogs like Abby need a sweater and/or jacket when outdoors
  • Always check your dog’s pads and nails
  • In extreme cold weather, take your dog to do his business and bring him right back

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Once you are back home with your dog, remember to provide him with a comfortable warm bed, and a sweater.  Abby always wears a sweater when we are home otherwise I’d have to take her out to pee once every 2 hours!

Veterans Day 2017

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Whether you are going to explore new places like Abby…

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Or making new friends, take a moment to remember this special day.  Thanks to all those who served and their families.

Bella, An Energetic Pit Mix

Alex, ready to catch whatever is that that she just saw

Alex, ready to catch whatever is that that she just saw

Alex, my 12 year-old pit mix, only started to settle down when she was about 10 years old.  Yes, you read that right, 10 years.  During those 10 years, I had to take Alex for long walks and get her to run a couple of times a week in order to keep my sanity.  The weird thing about it was that once her level of energy started to decrease, I realized that I missed my hyperactive girl.  Humans!  Can’t make up their minds.  That’s what Alex would probably think if I told her this.

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Anyway, then Bella came into our lives and I realized I was fortunate – ok.,to be honest sometimes I thought I was cursed – because she is also a hyper girl like Alex used to be.  For a while, she wore a backpack, but I stopped since I didn’t think she needed it.  Well, I was wrong.  The hour walk twice a day is not enough anymore so she is using her backpack again.  I am also getting her to run at least twice a week to drain her energy along with some basic training sessions.  Does it sound like a lot of work?  Yes.  Why do I do it?  Because I want Bella’s needs to be met and I want a dog I can enjoy sharing my life with and if that means being more active than usual, then so be it. 

Walter and Bella (L to R).  Photo taken May 2014.

Walter and Bella (L to R). Photo taken May 2014.

There are several things you can use and do to drain your dog’s energy such as: get her to use a backpack; take her for a run a couple of times a week; swim with her; train her to use a treadmill; and compete in Obedience Trials in your area, to name a few.  Those are just some suggestions, but I am sure you can come up with your own ideas.  With that in mind, what do you do to drain your dog’s excess energy?

Burn Off Pent-Up Energy With A Backpack

Alex to Bella, "I know you are shy, but you'll get used to them taking pictures all the time.  I promise."

Alex to Bella, “I know you are shy, but you’ll get used to them taking pictures all the time. I promise.”

If you happen to have a high-energy dog like Alex used to be, and nowadays Bella, you certainly have to look for ways to drain their energy.  In order to keep my sanity, I had to make sure that Alex walked, 1 – 1 1/2 hour twice a day, ran, twice a week, and do some training.  Because of her injury, Alex now walks around 20 minutes once or twice a day when the weather is not too cold, but just when I thought I was about to get a break, Bella joined our family.

As you can see in the picture, Bella, like many siblings, gets her hand me downs from Alex which includes a backpack.  Why do I use a backpack?  For some dogs like Bella, a regular walk will just not do, therefore adding a backpack can give her a job to do and she will be tired by the time we get home.

Some dogs have to be eased into wearing a backpack.  You can use treats to do that.  Let her wear it for a couple of minutes while rewarding her.  With Alex and Bella, it seemed like they’ve done this all their life.  Go figure.

backpack2What do I put in her backpack?  In order to make it even, I put the same amount of weigh on each side.  Do Not make your dog wear a backpack while she is running.  Some people put a bottle of water, wipes, keys, etc., in the backpack so the dog is really working by carrying her pet parents things.

backpack3What do I get from making Bella wear a backpack?  A tired, relaxed dog, as you can see in the above picture.  If you happen to have a high-energy dog like Bella, you need to drain that energy and fulfill her needs in order to enjoy her company rather than having a dog that can easily drive you crazy and frustrate you beyond words.  What do you do with your dog to drain his/her energy?