Q: My dog is toooo playful and has tooo much energy?!

July 26, 2012 | By Daniela | 4 answers | Expired: 838 days ago

My dog is toooo playful and has tooo much energy?!

My 1 year old dog is VERY jumpy and full of energy! This can be a good thing because i guess a jumpy dog is better than a lazy dog, right? Well he is out of control! So out of control that i cant keep him in the house to long because he runs around the house, jumps and rolls on each bed, goes under the beds and messes with the stuff under there, he cant sit still for a minute! Its really become a problem. I want to be able to sit down with my dog and watch TV or cuddle with him but he just wont be still! I try and tiering him out first then letting him in but he just doesnt get tired! He is a german shepard mixed with another breed that im not to sure of. He was a gift from my friend because her mom didnt want him so i took him in at 4 months old. Now he is 1 year and 3 months old and has developed a very strong and heavey body so i cant really do much on the physical part. I just wanna know how can i train my outdoor dog, to be and outdoor dog AND an indoor dog when he needs to be? Also we are planning on neutering him so i was wondering if that would help calm him a bit? Thankyou! xoxo

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Aug 02, 2012

Neutering is a huge plus. It depletes certain hormones that have a negative effect on their behavior and will keep him safe in the long run. This will mellow him out to a degree, but possibly not the way you're thinking. Put it this way, he'll likely still be very energetic, but easier to work with.

The boy needs exercise - physical and mental. He should be walked for an hour a day plus an additional hour of activity throughout the day. German shepherds have wonderfully active minds and are great for just about any job. When deciding how best to exercise your dog, you always want to look at what they were bred to do and whittle it down to a fun at-home activity you can do with your dog to keep them physically and mentally satisfied. GSD's are great at retrieving, so I'd start there. Exercised properly and neutered is what makes for a wonderful dog.

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Jul 31, 2012

Sounds like he isn't getting an appropriate amount of exercise and mental stimulation every day and that he also needs basic obedience training. German Shepherds are working dogs and they love strenuous activity, especially when it's combined with some sort of training. They need to be challenged. They become very restless and destructive when they don't get enough exercise. To satisfy their natural instincts they have to be taken on long walks or jogs every day...an hour PLUS play/training time in the yard with you. The behavior your dog is exhibiting now is a very good indicator that he is not getting enough exercise or stimulation. GSDs love to learn, love to perform, love to have a job. Play Frisbee or fetch with him for at least 30 minutes every day. Start working on training and work with him every day. He'll love the attention and the opportunity to show you how smart he is. Teach him to heel when you're on walks. Exercise can't be mindless, he needs the mental stimulation as well, so turn paly time and exercise time into learning time too. GSDs have a very strong personality and require a strong leader/owner who is consistent and authoritative with training. If they think you're a pushover, they'll push. They love to be around people, so he's not going to be happy just hanging out in the backyard with nothing to do. Get him into agility training, flyball, tracking, frisbee so he's mentally and physically stimulated. Maybe take him to obedience classes. I can't stress enough the need for mental and physical stimulation and the need for a strong leader. Don't scold him for doing wrong, but reward and praise him for correct behavior.

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Jul 30, 2012

Definitely get him neutered although that might or might not slow him down. If he's one raging hormone, it will help. If he's just an active dog, it won't, but he needs to be neutered all the same. Sooner rather than later. It sounds like he just needs some basic training and a lot of exercise. He needs to be vigorously walked for an hour or so every day. Get out in the yard and play with him to help expend energy. Play chase and frisbee, go jogging, help him burn off his excess energy. Once he's appropriately worn out, he'll be better able to focus to accept and respond to training. Start with the basics. You can find all sorts of helpful hints online. Always use positive reinforcement to train and stick to it. If you're not consistent with your training, he won't be consistent in his learning.

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Jul 26, 2012

You should have neutered him alot sooner than this like right when you got him this will calm him down a alot cause he won't be trying to get loose to find a mate after he is neutered take him outside play frisbee with him or take him for a walk it sounds like he is very domanit and will need a strong leader.

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