How to Tire Out Your High-Energy, Hyper Dog

My dog Ace is super lazy, and I love that about him.

Ace is perfectly fine with a 20-minute walk each day, and he doesn’t seem to mind if we miss a day or two. He’s a nice balance for me, because I tend to get obsessive about exercise.

How to tire out a hyper, high energy dog

Of course, a lot of dogs require much, much more exercise than Ace.

My puppy Remy seems to have explosive energy.

He continues to shock my senior pets and I every day as he continues to just go-go-go!

So, I reached out to some owners of “supercharged” dogs and asked how they manage all that energy.

Here’s what they had to say on how to tire out a hyper dog.

1. Lots of exercise – a walk just isn’t enough

Mort the kelpie mix

Jen deHaan says she has yet to completely wear out her dog Mort.

“I did manage to tire him a little after 24 hours of flyball competition in a single weekend,” she said. “Almost.”

If left to his own devices Mort would probably run and play until he collapsed, according to deHaan.

“I’ve taken him out to a regional park with a lake and hills to run up and down, and he swam and ran full speed for over three hours,” she said.

“He rested for the 45-minute car ride home, and as soon as we got inside he found a ball and was ready to sprint around the house again.”

Mort the active kelpie mix - How to tire out a hyper dog

Read more about Mort and deHaan at DOGthusiast.

Alfie the Entlebucher mountain dog

“There is no way on this earth that I could tire him out by leash walking alone,” said Linda Liebrand about her dog Alfie.

She said she thinks of him as a small nuclear plant or a self-charging battery.

“I take him for a long walk, using up his batteries. He sleeps for an hour or two, recharging, and when he wakes up he’d happily do the walk all over again!”

Alfie the active Entleucher mountain dog

“There is no way on this earth that I could tire him out by leash walking alone.”

She said she tries not to miss walks with Alfie because he would likely turn into a really stressed and poorly mannered dog.

How to tire out a hyper dog - Summit the hyper border collie mixBorder collies Roxy and Summit

Bonnie Joy Dewkett and her husband are the owners of two dogs, Roxy and Summit (pictured).

“We are not either dog’s first family, as they were both given up previously by people who couldn’t take the activity level,” she said.

She takes her dogs walking, running or hiking on average about 15 miles per week.

Mia the pitbull/Lab mix

Natalie Maniscalco adopted her dog Mia from the Bidewee animal shelter in Manhattan.

Her 5-year-old dog has slowed down a bit these days, but she used to exercise Mia for at least an hour a day. This would include running, walking and throwing a ball.

Another trick she uses to tire out Mia is to play tug of war. She said Mia likes to pull, shake and twist at a rope or other toy.

Mia the hyper Lab mix

2. Training, dog sports and other mental challenges

Linda and her Entlebucher mountain dog AlfieOn her walks with Alfie, Liebrand (pictured right) tries to vary the locations as much as she can, as that adds to her dog’s mental stimulation. 

She also tries to build in a variety of fun games and training. For example, she:

  • Finds spots to do some “urban agility” such as getting Alfie to jump up on a park bench, balance on a low brick wall, sit on a rock, etc.
  • Plays games of fetch on land or in water.
  • Works on obedience skills such as heeling, coming when called, etc.
  • Hides toys and treats and plays “find it.”

She and Alfie also particpate in nose work classes, which she said is a brilliant activity for high-energy dogs.

Mort and deHaan are also involved in different activities such as flyball and disc dog, and deHaan suggests other dog owners look into dog sports as well.

“These activities help you develop a strong bond with your energetic dog and keeps him content during down-time,” she said.

3. Finding an off switch – teaching the dog when play is over

Liebrand and deHaan stressed that if you have a high-energy dog, you must teach him a command to signal play is over, for example “finished.”

“It really is the best command in the world as it teaches your dog when play time is over,” Liebrand said.

“It really is the best command in the world …”

She taught Alfie the command by saying “finished” when she wanted playtime to end. Then she would give him a treat and walk away.

“The dog will quickly learn that playtime is over when you say so,” she said.

I actually use a similar command with Ace – “that’s enough!” – to signal when fetch is over.

More tips for people who recently adopted a high-energy dog

Roxy the hyper border collie

Time for exercise

If you’ve recently adopted a hyper dog, the best thing to do is take the time to tire him out, according to Dewkett. It will make your life so much easier!

“If you can work out with them first thing in the morning, even better,” she said.

And for anyone thinking of getting a high-energy breed, Liebrand said if the dog books say the breed may need an hour of daily exercise, remember that a puppy or young dog of that breed will have even more energy.

Puzzle toys

Dewkett recommends puzzle-type toys throughout the day, which is what she gives her border collies when she’s in meetings and can’t pay attention to her dogs as much as she’d like.

Make sure you’re ready

For deHaan, high-energy dogs are incredibly fun and worth the extra work in training and activity, but they’re not for everyone.

“Make sure that if you choose to adopt a dog like this you’re ready for a bit of an extra time commitment when it comes to keeping him or her busy and content,” she said.

Do you have a high-energy dog? How do you tire him out?

Let me know in the comments!

How to tire out a hyper dog

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  1. Rebekah on June 5, 2014

    I wish this post existed two years ago when we first adopted Faolan! He has mellowed out quite a bit, but still has his incredibly hyper moments.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 5, 2014

      I didn’t realize he was the most active of your three, but now that I think about it, that makes sense!

  2. Anna on June 5, 2014

    Love all the advice!
    I’m thinking about adopting a puppy this summer and I’m super stressed, overthinking it all. I have a doggy backpack ready and am willing to invest in a second hand treadmill. Also, I’m hoping to bike with my dog and do bikejoring (I bike every day to and from my child’s school, two round trips of 6 miles total and would love to take a dog with me). Definitely hiking, beach days, and doggy playdates or daycare.
    Thanks for the tip on trying out the dog sports!
    But there are days when you’re too busy/lazy/sick so teaching your dog to chill out on command would be helpful.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 5, 2014

      As you know, I think teaching solid obedience skills is key as well. That way you can at least get the dog to lie down and stay when you can’t pay attention to her.

      Gosh, biking to school and back every day would be ideal for the right dog. I used to bike with Ace in his younger days. It was a great way to exercise him. Definitely used the dog backpack a lot too!

      Can’t wait to hear more about your potential puppy!

      • Anna on June 5, 2014

        Agreed on the obedience.
        We fostered a young hyperactive terrier mix and the best thing I could do for him was teaching him how to relax. He had no off switch, no basic obedience, no manners, no impulse control, was not even potty trained. So we focused on that. He had to work for every handful of kibble by sitting for it for at least a few seconds. He was literally shaking all over, it was that difficult for the little guy. We also used the crate a lot.
        (Of course he got a lot of physical and mental exercises too.)

        • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 5, 2014

          Aww, poor guy! Well, actually he was lucky because he got to live with you!

          • Anna on June 5, 2014

            Thanks, Lindsay. 🙂 Our whole family, including the other foster dog, was often frustrated with him. It was a good exercise in patience for all of us.

    • TheBloggyDogs on May 13, 2015

      I recently read that you should be thoughtful of your dog’s back and dog packs, as they are not pack animals and heavy packs can cause long term back issues- not to mention overheating while hiking. Just a thought…

  3. Sean on June 5, 2014

    I’d add the following:

    1. Anything with wheels that gets your dog moving faster (like they want) instead of slower (how we walk or run to a dog) – bike attachment, scooter, skates, etc.

    2. Playing with another similarly matched dog – dogs will tire themselves out chasing, running, and playing with one another if you give them the space and opportunity. This is especially true as a play date or meet-up that is limited to a space and dog(s) you’ve chosen, not just hoping some random dog will nicely play with your dog at a park.

    3. Flirt pole! This can be the greatest toy ever for prey motivated dogs. In 20 minutes, you can exercise and challenge the dog in a way that 2 hours of walking won’t do. Note: You need a solid “drop” command, some form of stay/wait, and it’s not recommended for dogs whose prey drive is creating serious behavior issues already (stalking kids, vehicles, family cat, etc.).

  4. Ayla on June 5, 2014

    When I adopted Arya (we call her a Australian Cattle Mutt) We lived in a 4th floor walk up. We would let her off leash as soon as we got in the door and she would do the stairs. When walked up she probably cover the stairs 4 times. We made it into a fun training game too. She would wait on landings on command and go up and down

  5. Kimberly Gauthier on June 5, 2014

    We live with herding breeds and although walks are great, they don’t do the job for our pack so we play games in the yard. We have the property so they get lots of running done. We use flyers and balls. Sometimes we just throw things back and forth and let the dogs race to catch them before we do (important to dive out of the way). Having them figure out where we’re throwing, where the wind will take it and when they need to jump to catch it seems to wear them out.

    What’s funny is that they never get tired of it. Everyday, they run to the side yard to play. Hilarious.

    It does take at least an hour (broken up) to wear them out.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 5, 2014

      I bet it helps that your crew can run around and chase and play together. You’re also so lucky to have a great yard for them! Jealous.

  6. slimdoggy on June 5, 2014

    Great post and advice. Luckily, my seniors are content with short runs and leash walks.

  7. weliveinaflat on June 5, 2014

    I think I would go crazy with a hyper dog, not being that active myself and also the type of human who needs me time!! Definitely good advice to consider the dog’s energy levels instead of just how cute the dog is! 😛

  8. Emma on June 6, 2014

    Mom has yet to find a dog she could not tire out. All her dogs have worn down within a time of living with her, all our guest dogs have worn down within a few days of arriving. Even Labs seem to get tired out. We don’t do Border Collies or that type of dog as they make Mom nervous with their herding behaviors. She doesn’t like that or their constant demand to please. We prefer high energy independent types. Running and walking has always been the best medicine, but nose work is a wonderful way to tire us out fairly quickly as it is a great mental workout.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 6, 2014

      Running and walking is what I typically do to tire out my foster dogs/pet sitting clients as well. And if the dog is friendly, an adventure in a fenced dog park also helps tremendously!

  9. nancyspoint on June 6, 2014

    Great tips. Sometimes I forget that mental exercise is important, too, and definitely tires a dog at least a bit. I should work on providing more of this. I find that just having my dogs outdoors tires them out. Just like when you’re raising kids, getting them outside really helps tires them out! Walking my dogs is easier now that the weather is nice, so no more excuses. I can see how having a hyper dog would be quite a challenge for most of us. Another reason to think about what kind of dog you’re choosing.

  10. Karen on June 7, 2014

    I still can’t understand how my supposed “border collie mix” is the laziest animal I’ve ever owned. Sleeps more than a cat, couldn’t care less about playing fetch, and has no interest in running more than a few miles. She’ll go on long walks when it’s not too hot, but when we’re at home she spends 90% of the time napping or looking out the window.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 7, 2014

      Interesting! Just goes to show every dog is an individual, regardless of breed.

    • AuntSue on June 11, 2014

      My daughter has an australian/bassett mix. Pretty laid back. Those bassett genes are mellow ones.

  11. Lara Elizabeth on June 10, 2014

    I’ve figured out that the “dogs required to keep up with Ruby” is a 3:1 ratio. Boca and I take turns entertaining her now, but it is never enough!

  12. Sharon Wollenberg on June 11, 2014

    I always say a tired dog is a happy dog! And a Happy owner :)!!!

  13. Joyce A. on July 26, 2014

    Dear Lindsay, I have a 5 year old mixed breed dog. I think she is terrier mixed with another terrier. I’ve had her since she was 9 weeks old and have worked with her house training constantly since. I’m not able to take her out so she uses puppy pads. The problem is she has been untrainable to the degree that I’m about to give up and give her away if I can’t get good results soon. I’m getting too old to be able to keep cleaning up after her constantly. She knows what to do, it seems. She knows I’m happy with her when she uses the pad, she will even show me if she’s been “a good girl.” If she’s been bad she shows that too, by acting guilty. Missing the pad, as with two feet on and two feet off the pad is understandable, although aggravating. The problem at least half the time, she down right wets on the bathroom floor, where her pad is placed. She will wet 2 feet before she gets to it or she will wet right at the intrance to the bathroom, which is on my bedroom carpet. She will not wet on the pad if she poops on it first, so I get her the 27×30″ pads and put two down. Strangely enough, she will not poop on the floor, ever! No matter what I do she will not be trained. I say this is due to her being stubborn since she knows where to go and knows she’s going to be punished if she doesn’t use her pad. I have used praise, treats and praise, ignoring it, and punishment. Nothing works! She just has no fear of any punishment, or enough joy for praise and treats. I have tried everything I know of and have worked very hard trying to train her. I don’t know what else to do. She’s very smart and she will follow some commands, unless she is excited over having people visit. She loves people and seems not to hear me then. There seems to be a thing about what she poops on and what she wets on because when she is outside she will wet on the grass but she will poop either on my or a neighbors porch or on the sidewalk. Why? There has to be a reason! She doesn’t mess up anywhere else in the apartment. I’ve been working with her for 5 years. I have had two other dogs, (puppys) that I have completely house trained by the time they were at least 4 months old and no later than 6 months. They made mistakes but very rarely. Do you have any advice, I’m desparate? It’s hard for me to give her up because I worry about how she will be treated or worried she would be left outside alone and in the cold and that breaks my heart. Should I try to limit her water intake, maybe? I have a real dilemma here because I have this worry and being stuck cleaning up after her the rest of my life. Please, if you can, HELP.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on July 26, 2014

      Hi Joyce. First of all, how frustrating! No one wants to clean up after a dog day after day.

      Obviously I don’t know your exact situation or what exactly you have tried, but I will give you a few ideas and link to some of my potty training posts in case you haven’t seen those. Hopefully you can brainstorm something.

      My first advice is to hire a trainer to come and give you some ideas. It’s worth the cost if it will save you some stress, time and frustration. There are a lot of good trainers out there.

      Second, don’t assume she knows what to do. If she is peeing where you don’t want her to, then that tells me she doesn’t understand what you want. It almost seems like she thinks she can go anywhere on the bathroom floor.

      Next, start over with the basics as though you just adopted her today and she knows nothing. So, take her to the correct spot (the pad) every couple of hours and reward her with highly valued treats for going in the correct spot. Use hot dogs, pieces of steak, etc. If she happens to go in the wrong spot, ignore that, get her onto the pad and reward her there.

      Keep her on a leash when you are home so she can’t go in there and pee on the floor. Go with her every time and reward her for going on the pad.

      When you are not home or can’t supervise, put her in a kennel if possible to prevent her from peeing on the floor when you’re not around.

      Here are a couple potty training posts that may be helpful. These are based on training the dog to go outside, but you would use the same concept with the pads:

      • Joyce A. on July 26, 2014

        Thanks Lindsay, It makes sense to start over as though she wasn’t trained at all. My sucesses in puppy pad training a new puppy was to make a trail of pads or newspapers from a place where the puppy sleeps to the place you want her to go. Little by little you pick up the pad nearest to the puppy, starting with the one nearest where she sleeps, making her have to go to the next pad or paper. Give it a few days before you pick up the next one. Continue picking up one at a time and they learn to go to the next pad until they get to the last one in the place you want them to go. That has worked for me with all my babies, and with this one too, except she doesn’t seem to get that she needs to pee on the pad too. She seems to want to find another place to do that, most of the time if it’s not the pad, it’s in the bathroom floor where her pads are. Sometimes she does like she is supposed to do. I always reward her for that. Maybe I have been confusing her some way. This is an active dog, she wants to be the center of attention and she can be stubborn but I believe if I find what I’m doing wrong she will be ok. She is a good dog, she’s smart, she’s learned to mind me pretty well, and she does funny things and that makes me laugh and cheers me up. I am willing to start over or try anything I haven’t tried. Thanks for the websites.

  14. cheryl on May 11, 2015

    what is a flirt pole for dogs>?????

  15. Lynette on May 12, 2015

    Most people don’t think of Rottweilers as high energy but I specifically bred for a high drive litter ….well I got it! Dexter gets exercised every day for a about and hour or two…..we go to the boat ramp and he does dock jumping for about and hour then we throw the ball for him for about 45 min after that with the chuck it ball thrower. On days we don’t take him swimming ….we start with obedience then it’s an hour of throwing the ball and 30 min of tug on our bungee toy that hung from a tree. Dex eats 16 cups of high protein high fat diet and he still looks like I starve him ……but I’m not complaining I love every minute of his crazy energy 🙂

    • NJL on May 31, 2016

      Have you checked his thyroid, or his blood sugar?

  16. Muffins on May 12, 2015

    Last winter my sisters pure breed beagle have birth to seven beagle, mastiff , Rottweiler mix puppies. When I took my dog snoopie I had done my research and found this mix needed a lot of exercise. I never could have imagined just how much that would be. I quickly lost 10 pounds of extra weight in the first few months I had him. As a young puppy he was going for 10-18 short 1/4 to 1/2 miles walks per day. By the time he was 7-8 months old we had our walks down to about 8-10 times per day. This quickly progressed to runs. Last summer we wer going for 3-5 one miles runs/jogs per day as well as 3-5 one to two mile walks per day. I found him to be more destructive over all on the days he does not get this exercise. We take him hiking and camping a lot in the warmer months as well. This is where we allow him to run free.

  17. KarenJG on May 12, 2015

    When I fostered a high energy dog (I am not a high-energy person!), one of the things I did with her was “stair fetch.” I’d throw a soft toy or ball (soft enough not to bounce) up to the landing at the top of the stairs, she’d run up and bring it back down, and I’d throw it again. For her, 4 or 5 reps were enough, but some dogs might like more. Caution, though – don’t do this for a puppy, as it might injure still-growing joints.

  18. Donna on May 25, 2015

    I also have a high energy dog. My Nakita is a Blue Heeler/Australian Cattle Dog. She loves to go for long walks especially in areas where we can let her off her leash. If she has to stay on the leash, she acts like she’s totally exhausted and literally drags behind us. Otherwise, she runs like crazy. I’ve tried to set up an activity course in my yard with seesaws, tunnels, stairs, and jumps, but she refuses to use any of them. She loves her wading pool and chasing the water from the hose up and down the yard as well as in circles, but refuses to play in the sprinkler, the rain bird or go swimming in lakes or the ocean. She does love running in the loose sand at the beach. Any ideas on what else I can do to tire her out and get her the exercise she needs?

  19. Donna on May 26, 2015

    No, I have tried to put on her at the pet store and have her walk around with it on, but she fought it the whole time. She won’t even wear her raincoat on real bad days. I think it may have something to do with the breeder I got her from. She was always correcting the puppies with towels being hit on their backs or on their heads. I didn’t know this until the day I picked her up, this was after I’d already paid a substantial down payment for her. I hoped I could get her over that treatment with reconditioning, but nothing has worked. She has calmed down quite a bit, but still hates anything on her back or on her head.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 26, 2015

      Oh gosh! What a strange way to correct a dog! Would you feel comfortable taking her running next to your bike? Also, letting her run on a long 30-foot rope in areas where she can’t be off leash. Just brainstorming … how about an agility class or even an obedience class? Some dogs crash after so much “thinking.” Also playing tug or “find it” games by hiding treats around the yard, under boxes, etc. I know some people recommend a flirt pole. Also, walks with other dogs on or off leash or a playdate with another dog. Or even training her to use a treadmill if you happen to have one.

  20. Mal on May 30, 2015

    I lost almost 10 pounds the summer after we got our cattle dog/kelpie mix. He was not a puppy when we got him, thankfully, but he still needed tons of walking. Unfortunately he is not a fetcher, nor is his recall very good, so the “easy” ways to exercise him are out. We walk him 90 minutes a day on a retractable leash so he can run around on it. He loves tug of war and wrestling. He likes chasing us in the backyard or chasing things we throw for him. He loves his kong and other puzzle toys (but ran away in fear from the flirt pole we got him!). But it can hard on rainy days and we have lots of those in the northwest! I am always on the lookout for things that will entertain him — toys, games, etc. This summer we are going to take him to agility classes, which he is sure to love.

  21. sam on May 9, 2016

    I have a 2.5 year old female Rotti who I just cannot beat out. Last time she was sincerely tired we hiked for 8 hours straight. I currently ride bike with her and we just went for 15 km. She didnt even pant. She went straight home and wanted to play fetch. Any suggestions on how to tire her out a little more? Maybe some mental exercises? She just goes and goes! I love her energy for hiking but somedays it would be nice for her to relax haha

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 9, 2016

      Perhaps obedience classes or agility or nosework classes? Maybe some puzzle toys or playing “Find it” games by hiding treats around the house, making her wait first. Maybe having her wear a dog backpack. Also, just visiting a dog park if that’s appropriate for her really helps drain some energy. Doggy daycare? Hiring a dog walker?

      Just throwing out some ideas.

  22. Teebird415 on May 31, 2016

    Lulu our 2 year old rescued Staffy is one of those difficult to tire out dogs. In the house, unless FRAPing, she’s pretty relaxed at this point. We’ve had her nearly a year and a half. We’re finding that it takes the perfect combination of walking (making her heel), training w treats, and running (usually w a bike) gets her to a relaxed , spent state. While we’re at work we even have a dog walker take her for walks. She gets to walk w all kinds of dogs from big to little. That also mentally and physically stimulates her. It seems that if I get her to an excited state, that doesn’t help to drain her energy. It just breeds more excitement. So a combo of mental exercise combined with physical works great!

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 31, 2016

      Good point and reminder that so much of it is about challenging the dog mentally. Could be training, visiting new places, being around other dogs, etc.

  23. Llamateurs on August 7, 2016

    Thanks for all advise. We recently got a whippet puppy and she is extremely energetic. Completely different to our second dog who is jack russell cross. We tire both out by walking and fetching but thinkig about different solutions 🙂 The best way to tire them out is letting them play for 5 minutes running around the garden sometimes… 🙂 🙂 And every weekend we hike together. They are definitely knackered after!

  24. Erin Seidenenschmidt on September 9, 2016

    Hello we have a high energy 4 month old Australian Shepherd named Chewie.He loves getting on the trampoline.He runs around very fast and chases a ball.He begs at the opening & we pick him up & put him in there, it has a safety net.This wears him out!

  25. Michelle on November 1, 2016

    We adopted Ben (a Border Collie mix) last year and OH BOY I thought I was ready for high energy. He was out of control. No impulse control, struggled to find an off switch. In addition to being a higher energy dog, he was also SUPER stressed out (we were the 8th place he landed in about 3 months when you figure in shelters, more than one foster home, and one failed adoption, making his way from NC to NJ to NY) and he’s a dog who stresses UP UP UP.

    We took a lot of long walks (he got about 4-6 miles of walks a day), threw a lot of balls in our backyard and let our other dog chase him into exhaustion. Because he was so stressed he just didn’t know HOW to settle and his brain would not stop working and so it was constant running around the house with squeaky toys. I had to put him on leash and keep him close to my side and once his options were limited to nothing, he would drop into an exhausted sleep.

    And do it all again the next day.

    It took him some months but he’s finally settled into a dog who is content with a 2 to 2 1/2 mile walk in the morning, some ball play and training (agility, mostly, though I do plenty of impulse control training with him still!), and watching out the door to make sure we’re not attacked by squirrels. He settles beautifully in the house. But OH those first months were a nightmare!

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on November 1, 2016

      Ha! Sounds so challenging but you put so much work into helping him. Thank goodness it paid off! I sometimes have to just put Remy on a leash too or in his kennel and he’ll crash. Otherwise, he just keeps pacing around with a toy in his mouth. Remove the options and they do settle, at least mine does.

  26. shelley on November 1, 2016

    I adopted a 2yr old pit/ border collie mix.
    Nikki gets a 90minute hike or an hour
    of fetch at the park every day, would
    not miss a day if it rains ever!
    She gets tug of war and sit stay lie down
    training in the evenings. , All well
    deserved at 3 evenings a week she is
    in my suv for my shifts at the hospital

  27. Ji on November 1, 2016

    We have a 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd mix who we adopted 6 months ago. Hr is you g and high energy and we used to counter that will 3 walks a day and some light running. But we found out a couple months ago that he has hip dysplasia with bone spurs. We had to shorten his walks and stop our daily runs. He’s in training classes but what else can we do without aggravating his hips?

  28. Emma Purdy on November 1, 2016

    I love this article, the advice is very help full I just started fostering a new dog she’s about 2 and she is FULL on energy I will defiantly be using these tips on her!

  29. keith on November 2, 2016

    I have a 2 1/2 year old yellow lab (Emma Lou) and she full of energy all the time.She loves to work all the time.I`ve learned how to turn her on than turn her off.It works great.I tell her “it`s work time” and she`s ready to go.We do lot`s of thing`s for work.Learn a new trick,lake time to swim,fetch at the park,hiking,etc.When I want her to calm down I tell her to “take it in”.Don`t know why I chose those commands but they work.I do know that when I tell her to take it in I have to take it in too or she`ll give that look.She`s giving me the “It`s work time”look right now while I`m typing this out.I guess it`s work time.

  30. Sandy Weinstein on November 2, 2016

    i am thankful that my girls are not real high energy. i dont really have the time to tire them out. they tire themselves out playing together. we do run and walk daily and we play in the house and on the big deck. a friend of mine has a Goldendoodle and she is very high energy. she has not even slowed down now that she is a few yrs old. when she was a puppy she wanted to play and run constantly. i think agility or obedience classes are great for high energy dogs as well as any dogs. but with agility they get lots of exercise.