Let’s face it. The best way to wear out a high energy dog is outside, but sometimes that is just not possible. We live in Minnesota, just this past April we got 20 inches of snow in 24 hours, conditions made it so we couldn’t play outside. So what do we do? We improvise.
We are lucky to have stairs in our house, after just 15 or 20mins of running up and down stairs Qwerty (Q) is tired for a good amount of time. We taught him the commands “upstairs” and “downstairs” so we can us those to get him to run off some energy. We will also throw toys up and down the stairs and have him fetch.
Find it is one of my favorite mental games to play with Q. I have a pocket full of treats, I make him sit (sometimes stand and sometimes he chooses just to lay down) and “wait” then I go hide a treat and then please him and tell him to find it. We have gotten to the point where he will wait even if I am in a totally different part of the house and release him. This is a great training exercise as well as mental stimulation because he has to pay attention to me to wait for his release word (I use “ok”) and he has to then use his senses to find the treat. I add complexity to the game by sometimes hiding multiple treats he needs to find.
Qwerty say Hi, Take a Bow, Sit, Stay, spin, roll over! When is cold, rainy, or even to hot we have training sessions. Nothing too long, but we work on the basics and even learn new things. Dogs crave learning just like we do and most are very receptive to learning new tricks. Be creative and have fun with this.
I have a toddler, infant, and young active dog, I have had to find ways to keep all of them entertained (not an easy task, might I add). My daughter loves bubbles and we have discovered Qwerty loves chasing bubbles, what better thing to do than let the dog and kid bond and play. Another benefit is the infant likes to watch this all happen! It’s great and makes my heart happy to see them all playing together.
These are a few of the tricks I have found to keep the ever energetic Qwerty interested and calm. What do you use with your own hyper active friends?