Too many dogs are being brought to animal shelters because they are “too energetic.” When I was teaching dog obedience classes, I would show a videotape by Brian Kilcommons called “Good Owners, Great Dogs.”
Over and over, Kilcommons would say: “A tired dog is a good dog.” So when your tiny 2- or 3- pound pup grows into an 85-pound adult, how do you make the dog tired?
It is not true that the larger the dog, the more exercise the animal must have. Some small terriers have non-stop energy. I have seen an owner and her Jack Russell terrier play ball for the enjoyment of a group of children. Even in the hot weather, the dog would chase the ball and bring it back to have it thrown again. When he got overheated and needed a break, he would jump into a tub of cool water, splash around, have a few laps and jump out ready to play ball again. I was amazed at the sustained energy of this small dog.