Hyperactivity is one of the most commonly reported behavioral concerns of dog owners. In many cases, it’s not the dog, but rather that more breed education is needed, and the dog may need a more suitable exercise plan.
The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for the owner of the energetic dog. Keep scrolling for a gallery of the 15 most active dog breeds.
Adequate exercise is extremely important for your dog to be happy and healthy. Create a daily exercise plan, and stick to it. Not only will it be beneficial for your dog to be exposed to consistent physical and mental stimulation, but your dog will also appreciate the routine.
Teach basic commands
Once you’ve met the exercise needs of an active dog, basic obedience skills such as sit, down and stay can be helpful tools when managing your dog’s behavior. When company comes and the dog can’t “settle,” a down-stay command is often just what is needed to help calm your dog.
Know your breed
For active breeds, a quick walk on a leash may not always do the trick. Try a game of fetch, or running games in a fenced yard or a dog park. If you are away from home for long periods of time, doggie daycare may be a better option for your dog to release some energy.
Give your dog a job
Some active breeds can benefit greatly from something to do on a regular basis that involves both physical and mental activity. Field work, herding, lure coursing and dock diving are perfect for canine athletes, while obedience, agility and rally provide a great combination of the physical and mental stimulation needed for an active dog.
Visit your vet
If you’ve established an appropriate exercise plan for your dog’s age and breed and your dog still appears overactive, a veterinary checkup is recommended. While most of the time, exercise, training and activities are the issue, there are medical conditions that can cause your dog’s hyperactive behavior. Your dog’s veterinarian can do a comprehensive medical exam to rule out any problems.
Here are the 15 most active dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club: