A Tired Dog is a Good Dog

Solve be­havioural is­sues and get your pup into that per­fectly sleepy, happy, non-trou­ble-mak­ing zone with these ideas to tire out even the most high-en­ergy breeds!

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Solve be­havioural is­sues and get your pup into that per­fectly sleepy, happy, non-trou­ble-mak­ing zone with these ideas to tire out even the most high-en­ergy breeds!

Is­sues with obe­sity, destruc­tive be­hav­iour, sep­a­ra­tion anxiety, ex­ces­sive bark­ing, at­ten­tion-seek­ing, leash pulling, and many other un­de­sir­able be­hav­iours often have the same root cause: your dog just isn’t get­ting enough ex­er­cise.

The adage “a tired dog is a good dog” gen­er­ally holds true— dogs need daily phys­i­cal and men­tal stim­u­la­tion in or­der for them to thrive. Younger, high-en­ergy breeds in par­tic­u­lar need an ap­pro­pri­ate out­let for all that en­ergy; other­wise your pup might start to feel rest­less, anx­ious, or de­pressed, and is likely to re­di­rect all that ex­cess en­ergy into any man­ner of un­wanted or un­healthy be­hav­iours.

The ex­act amount of ex­er­cise your dog needs will of course de­pend on his breed, tem­per­a­ment, and in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter, but in gen­eral, dogs need at least a few hours of daily stim­u­la­tion so that they can feel tired, happy, and healthy. Un­for­tu­nately, many of us fall far short of this bench­mark at odds with long work hours and busy sched­ules. Some­times there doesn’t seem like there’s enough time in a day to give your dog the ex­er­cise he needs. Here’s how to wear out those furry balls of en­ergy when a hike, long walk, or trip to the dog park is out of the ques­tion.

IFETCH: Have a pup who could just play fetch for­ever? The iFetch is a dream come true! This award-win­ning au­to­matic ball launcher can keep a game of fetch go­ing in­def­i­nitely. Your dog can play in­doors or out, and with you or even by her­self! Your pup will de­light in this new, never-end­ing game! Check out cool videos of the ball launcher in ac­tion at goifetch.com


Don’t let this adorable, brightly coloured squir­rel toy fool you – it’s the per­fect aero­dy­namic shape for slic­ing through the air in a far fly­ing arc! You’ll be able to tire out your pup in no time with a stim­u­lat­ing game of fetch. Bonus: you won’t be able to lose the toy, ei­ther— made of durable ma­te­rial, this Fly­ing Squir­rel glows in the dark, and even floats! Find it at pet­mate.com.


The Hill Climb by Gyms for Dogs of­fers strength train­ing for dogs! This sturdy ramp with safety side rails is de­signed for out­door play, com­bin­ing fresh air and ex­er­cise. The Hill Climb pro­vides dogs with the chal­lenge of in­cline train­ing, help­ing our furry friends to ex­pend en­ergy while also safely build­ing muscle in the legs and torso. Fab­u­lous for begin­ning a dog park in your very own back­yard! Find it at gyms­for­dogs.com.


The awe­some bike-leash at­tach­ment is an in­ge­nious way to safely tire out even the most en­er­getic dogs. De­signed by Mike Leon, the Bike Tow Leash is an at­tach­ment be­tween your dog’s leash and your bike, giv­ing you the abil­ity to help your dog get a bet­ter work­out in a much shorter time span. Find it at bike­towleash.com.


Have difficulty keep­ing up with your dog’s fast pace? The Dogtread is a god­send for any­one with an im­pos­si­ble-to-tire dog, mo­bil­ity is­sues or for when in­clement weather makes a run im­pos­si­ble. These tread­mills, specif­i­cally de­signed for dogs, will en­sure that your pup can get his ex­er­cise rain or shine, with or without an ath­letic or mo­bile owner! West­min­ster Ken­nel Dog Dog Show com­peti­tors use these when New York City win­ter weather keeps them in­doors. Find it at dogtread.com.

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