Features September 2017 Issue

Impulse Control Exercises for High-Energy Dogs

Most shelters and rescue groups have an abundant supply of adolescent dogs – and a lot of them are “high-octane” purebreds or mixed breeds, such as terriers, hounds, herding dogs, and retrievers. The oversupply is testament to the difficulty of dealing with this cohort.

Impulse Control Exercises for High-Energy Dogs

How to help your highly energetic dog control himself in the face of excitement.

I have yet to see a high-arousal nipping, jumping, body-slamming dog who has not been successfully helped by an appropriate combination of exercise and training. In fact, I received an email just today from the owner of the 13-month-old Labrador Retriever that I met with two weeks ago. She was thrilled to report that she has already seen significant improvement in her dog’s behavior. I’ll be checking in with the Golden Retriever client soon.

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