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To help out with the seemingly impossible task of
wearing out a dog, here are five top tips that the experts
say can reduce that excess energy load and make your life
a little less stressful.

1. How Much Exercise – The amount of exercise you give
your dog will depend largely on their breed and their
likes. Some dogs, despite breed don’t need much in the way
of exercise.

Others never seem to be worn out. Also, take into
consideration how hot it is outside and how tired you are.
If it’s 90 degrees outside, your dog isn’t going to want
to go for a run…neither are you.

2. Scaling Up – If you decide your dog needs 2+ miles a
day of walking to get them in shape and happy, don’t just
do it all at once. You and you dog both need time to
adjust to the walking routine.

Add 10 minutes at a time to your walk until you reach
your target distance and you’ll both be much better
prepared.

3. Choosing the Right Exercise – Each breed needs
different exercise. Small dogs like Chihuahuas only need a
single walk a day. Other small dogs like terriers need a
lot of exercise, plus playing time to stimulate their
minds.

Hounds and Retrievers need long walks for the entirety
of their lives. Working dogs like herders and sledders
need to actually work. Run them or even add back packs
with weight to help them keep moving.

4. Play Games – A dog can get exercise in the house too
with simple games. Wrestling with your dog is a great way
to wear you both out. It will also teach them boundaries
and limits in play with humans.

Make sure to train them with appropriate stop words to
keep them from hurting anyone. Other games they make like
include hide and seek, fetch, catch, and pulling.

5. Running and Hiking – If you like to run or go on
hikes, make sure your dog is well suited for this type of
exercise. Some smaller breeds can get overheated very
easily, to the point of sickness or even death (such as
pugs or smaller bull dogs).

Additionally, make sure your dog is protected against
ticks, heart worm and fleas before taking them into the
woods. It wouldn’t do you any good to get them exercised
only to bring home a disease instead. A dog that has been
well exercised is going to always behave better than an
over active, bouncy dog with too much energy to spare. It
will also make it much easier to know if your dog has
other behaviour problems that can be confused for over
excitement.

And best of all, these exercises will all allow you to
enjoy your dog in many more ways, having fun and playing
games that will bring you both closer together. You can’t
beat solid bonding and nothing helps a dog and its owner
bond better than a few hours outdoors wearing each other
out.