High energy dogs could knock you over, push you down or even worse, your darling dog could drag you down the street and land you in your local hospital emergency room. Like thousands of dog owners, you could end up with a rotator cuff injury, a twisted ankle and multiple bruises unless you know how to handle your dog’s energy without putting both of you at risk when you’re out on your daily walks.
This news brief gives you 5 essential tips to manage your dog’s power in ways that will keep you on your feet and give your dog her freedom.
High Energy Dogs – What To Watch Out For
- Leash – Your 35 pound leashed dog could take you for a walk and might actually pull so hard that you can’t keep your balance. If you have limited strength in your arms and legs, you may want to hire a stronger individual to walk your dog. The cost for someone to walk your dog will be far less than the expense, pain and inconvenience of being injured in a fall.
- People – Your lively dog may be a bit too much for other people to handle unless they have experience with sprightly dogs. One way to prevent accidents is to keep your dog on a leash and have her sit when other people approach to encourage good dog behavior.
- Dogs – High energy dogs tend to be social with other dogs which means they often want to run towards other dogs to sniff them out. A quick jolt on a leash can catch you by surprise, so the best strategy is to stay focused and have the proper type of collar and harness for your dog.
5 Tips to Harness Your Dog’s Power
- Speed – Keep your pace slow and train your dog to walk without pulling at her leash. Your dog may be in jeopardy when she’s allowed to go too fast if she causes you to lose your balance and fall in the street.
- Location – Walk high energy dogs on streets and paths that are flat so you’re not in danger of bumpy surfaces, holes or hills. Choose a route to walk your dog that keeps you close to your home in case of an emergency.
- Weather – Wind, ice and snow can add more challenges with your lively dog. If your dog’s been cooped up indoors and suddenly has the freedom to be outdoors, she might want to leap out the door and jump for joy, pulling you down the stairs at the same time. Weather challenges like gusts of wind, slippery surfaces and deep snow could mean trouble if high energy dogs move too quickly and you take a spin. You can set up a place for your dog to relieve herself in your home or backyard in bad weather or hire someone to walk your dog in inclement weather.
- Health – You and your dog’s health are important. That’s why it’s critical to understand your physical limitations as a dog owner with a small perky dog who needs more exercise than some of the larger dog breeds. People who have heart conditions, arthritis and poor balance need to evaluate their physical strength before taking on an active dog with high energy.
- Help – When you realize your little dog isn’t enjoying the outdoors enough because you’re nervous about the risks of her high energy level, the best choice is to hire a dog walker you can trust with your dog.
Small High Energy Dogs
- Breeds – Australian Terrier, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Fox Terrier, & Jack Russell Terrier. Farmers used many of these dog breeds to hunt snakes and rodents and assist in fox hunts
- Characteristics – Terriers are full of spunk and tenacious, independent, courageous and clever. These lively dogs thrive on mental and physical stimulation for relaxation. Activities like playing frisbee, running and hiking are perfect to help slow down your overactive dog.
- Personality – Terriers are smart, good-natured and affectionate which makes them a very popular breed.
Special Note: Sasha, the Cairn Terrier dog, featured in this article is one of the top 10 small high energy dogs and comes from The Isle of Skye in Scotland. I’ve been fortunate enough to take Sasha for a few walks and it’s exhilarating to feel like we could take flight if only I could run like the wind with this precious dog.
This article gives you tips on how to deal with small dog breeds with extraordinary energy levels so you can enjoy your relationship with your dog safely.
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