I told myself I'd try and update this page at least once a month, so here goes. I want to try and present some relevant content for dog owners, dog lovers, dog fanciers and the ilk.
At the moment, I find myself pet sitting in a client's home with two generally rowdy dogs, two kitties and my own precious dog, Roscoe. These dogs know each other quite well as they have had the occasion to be together five or six times within the last year and it is an amazing feeling to not have any dread or worry about the dogs getting along. That leads me to my topic, which is a lite version of how to deal with high energy dogs.
When dealing with young and energetic adult dogs, they must be able to expel their energy through either vigorous indoor play (if you have one dog this isn't likely), having access to a nice safe outdoor area or facilitating exercise by taking them outside on a walk or a run (if you're feeling up to it). If one of these isn't possible, it's almost guaranteed that you will have an anxious, hyper and potentially destructive dog in your home.
I've had dog owners tell me, "Oh my dog isn't a runner," and while in a certain few situations that statement was actually true because of a physical limitation, in most cases it is the owner projecting their own feelings about running onto their dog. The domesticated dogs we know today are descendants of wolves, animals who travel for up to 30 miles per day in search of their next meal. You can't possibly convince me that your dog isn't a runner when they are capable but not able due to the imaginary limitations you've imposed. Soapbox rant over.
Dogs are 100% trainable in every aspect of their lives but it's up to the owner to display the tenacity and fortitude required to affect the desired change they want to see in their companion.
The situation I am dealing with here is a nice fenced in yard with plenty of room to run and play but the dogs also play hard inside and definitely enjoy their walks and runs. They are well taken care of and loved and their current lackadaisical demeanor is due to their high activity level.
On the other hand, I work with dogs that don't get the energy expulsion opportunities they need. Facetious question: what do you think is the result? If you guessed that the dogs that are cooped up all day cause more damage, you would be correct. Chewed up shoes? Check. Garbage cans scoured through? Check. Poop on the floor? Probably!
A happy dog is a tired dog and a tired dog is something I can help provide to you with my running or fast-paced walking services. I don't want to condescend, I am merely attempting to reinforce what you know is true. Read my testimonials - I think you'll find the proof is irrefutable. Hire me and find out for yourself.