Keeping things sane with a super active dog

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves

If your grown pooch never tires no matter the amount of racing around, you may have a super active dog on your hands. Here’s what you need to know to keep you both sane.

Many breeds considered super active were spawned to work. Take the Jack Russell terrier, bred to chase and dispatch 15 rats per minute. Just how are these little guys supposed to burn off that kind of energy as house pets?

Using the Jack Russell as an example, one routine includes playing ball for at least 45 minutes, going on two to three 30-minute walks and providing a meal in a puzzle toy — that is, a food-filled toy that requires work to get at the grub. And that’s every day.

All dogs should be walked for at least one minute per pound of body weight every day. But for super active dogs, count on doubling or tripling that time.