Millions of people worldwide search for their ideal four legged companion. Whether a male, female, rescue (hopefully), large, medium, toy dog, or anything in between – there is no one size fits all. After years of conversations with potential dog owners, I noticed something. It’s a substantial factor that soon to be dog owners often fail to consider – energy! Not considering dog energy levels has major ramifications.
We know exercise is important. Exercise imparts positivity, health, and happiness for your dog, but it also provides benefits for you! And although it may sound cliche, what better way to bring in the new year than with health and exercise! An under-exercised pup can cause destructive and needy behavior. Behaviors like chewing furniture, constant barking, and excessive jumping. Proper exercise for energetic dogs like Border Collies or Australian Shepherds is crucial. It’s as important for your dog as for you. When a dog has pent up energy, they find other ways (usually destructive) to release that energy. Exercise will calm their mind, allowing for those behaviors to cease.
Lists are a great way to illustrate the benefits in a quick and efficient way. Let’s get to it.
Why Consider Dog Energy Levels?
- Built up energy is utilized for destructive and unwanted behaviors
- Lack of exercise creates an unhealthy dog – likely resulting in expensive medical bills
- It takes consistent time, several days a week to properly exercise your dog – which many people don’t have the time for, do you?
- If you don’t like to exercise, your dog won’t exercise – in order for your dog to exercise, you must take part in exercise as well – consider this!
Dogs With Low Energy Requirements
- Basset Hound
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Chow Chow
- French Bulldog
- Great Danes
- Irish Wolfhound
- Japanese Chin
- Lhasa Apso
- Saint Bernard
- Shar Pei
- Shiba Inu
- Shih Tzu
Source: Low Energy Dog Breeds
There are many ways to make exercising with your dog fun. Just be sure to keep at it. Start slow, maybe 1 or 2 physical activities a week with your dog. Even a quick walk around your house or around the block is a great start! Then work your way up if you can. Remember, it is better to do a little consistently then nothing at all.
Happy new year from Dog Lover Store!
John is the co-owner of DogLoverStore with his wife Kimberly. He enjoys working with computers, listening to music, learning about dog breeds, perfecting the art of coffee brewing, and anything that brings him back to childhood! He received his BS in management information systems at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.