5 Activities for High Energy Dog Breeds

5 Activities for High Energy Dog Breeds

Is your dog full of beans? It can be super tricky - and exhausting - to keep up with overactive, energetic doggos. If your dog is running circles around you without letting up, this is for you.


Breeds with Stamina and Speed

Different dog breeds have different energy levels. For those that have the most energy, it’s helpful to know what to expect. Of course, keep in mind that each individual dog will differ based on his or her personality and may not fit specifics. 

Most high-energy dog breeds originate from working or herding breeds, which explains their instinct to spend the majority of their day active and alert. 

But generally speaking, the most high energy dog breeds are:

  • Border Collie
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Weimaraner
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Siberian Husky
  • Dalmatian
  • Boxer
  • Irish Setter

Did your precious pup make the list? Don't get us wrong not all high energy puppers get to live in the country, at Active Chews we love our pups regardless of where they live!

High Energy Dog Activities

All dogs require daily exercise, stimulation and enrichment, regardless of their size or breed. For high energy breeds, their needs tend to go above and beyond. They have no short supply of energy and are a perfect fit for an owner looking for a running buddy or an agility partner.

A gentle walk around the neighborhood might be sufficient for a jack russell, but a border collie needs much more activity. Here are some top tips for high energy activities:

Nose exercises:

A dog’s nose is one of their biggest senses - use it! The great thing about this activity is that you can do it just about anywhere. For your dog, giving them a toy to sniff and investigate gives them a job to do. 

Try with their favorite treats; hide them in a snuffle mat, use a trick toy or roll them into a towel and let your dog do the rest!

Agility courses: 

Think of it as pup parkour. You don’t have to do it competitively, but this physical activity will tire them out much more quickly than a walk. The variety of obstacles challenge your dog’s mind and body, while the agility training strengthens their muscles, coordination and endurance.

Mental enrichment is important for all dog breeds, especially for high energy dogs. Toys and puzzles challenge your dog to use critical thinking - and gives you some time to relax! Remember to reward your dog after they solve the puzzle.
Try puzzle feeders, lick mats or interactive games.

Fenced dog parks:
This is a great option for younger, high energy dogs as it provides a safer environment for them to exercise. High energy puppies need both the space to burn off energy and space for social interaction. If they are not yet leash trained, fenced dog parks offer a solution.

Bike runs:

If your dog is trained well enough, why not bring them along for bike rides? The increased speed will allow them to run alongside and burn off more of that energy. We advise checking with your veterinarian first to make sure your dog can handle the activity.

Is there a paw-fect activity for you and your dog? 

Active dogs love Active Chews

For high energy dogs, it’s important to balance their physical activities with rest, recovery and  lots of love. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend food that’s specifically suited for your dog’s needs, but you can help them alongside that with smart supplementation. 

Highly active dogs will need extra support for their muscles and joints in the form of protein and omega-3s. If your vet recommends supplements, we can help! 

Here’s how our active chews are formulated to support active dogs:

Hip & Joints
Our Hip & Joints chew is paw-fect for super active doggos. This chew contains glucosamine - a hero among dog supplements - which cushions and lubricates joints to help promote easeful movement, greater flexibility, and help provide joint support.

Get your paws on Hip & Joints chew 

Omega-3 fatty acids have an abundance of health benefits for our doggos. As a supplement, it is doubly essential as dogs cannot manufacture their own omega-3 - just like humans.

For high energy breeds our omega-3 chews and fish oils are packed with essential fatty acids, which are proven to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support heart health
  • Promotes wounds to heal faster

Omega-3 supplements introduce a huge range of health benefits into your dog's diet, find out more here.

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We recommend discussing the use of supplements with your vet first.

Please note: A supplement is just that, a supplement. It is given in addition to their regular food.

At Active Chews HQ, we do not cook or heat any of our ingredients and therefore we provide 100% potency for the dosages for our dog supplements.