Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Sounds easy right? I just need to make sure my dog is tired and he/she will be good! Well, there's more to it than that. You may be asking...
But, how do I do that?
There are many ways to burn your dog's energy. Walking your dog, running with your dog, playing fetch, agility, puzzle toys and appropriate chew toys are some of the great ways to burn physical and mental energy.
Different breeds may require more exercise each day than others. For instance, breeds such as Border Collies, bread to be a herding dog, need a lot of exercise every day. They have immense amounts of energy. If that energy is not burned, the dog may become frustrated and burn that pent up energy with undesirable behaviors.
On the other hand...if you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they are dogs with much less energy to burn each day. A simple walk or a game of fetch may be what your dog needs to be calm and relaxed all day. After all, these dogs were bread to sit on the laps of royalty.
Keep in mind that, much like humans, dogs need to burn both mental and physical energy. But how do you burn mental energy and keep a dog from getting bored? Well, these days there are many puzzle toys on the market. One of the most common is the original Kong toys. These toys are filled with some sort of filling or treats that a dog needs to remove through a small hole on one end. Depending on the skill of the dog and the treats inside, this can last minutes or hours.
Will this solve all of my dog's problems?
That would definitely be a bold statement and one that I would never make. Burning energy is always important, but training may be required to overcome many undesired behaviors.
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