How do I identify my dog’s activity level?
Good question. While every dog is different, we can generally approximate typical activity levels based on breed, size, weight and other behavioral characteristics. Assessing your dog’s activity level typically relies on some canny observation of your own. Think on it:
We call it normal if your dog is like the dogs you see on TV. Obedient, easygoing, up for a walk and some playtime, but rarely more than 30 minutes at a time. Normal activity level dogs typically cover less than a mile daily.
We call it high if your dog gets you huffing and puffing now and then. That could mean anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours of play per day, with 1-5 miles of distance covered.
We call it very high if you feel like part dog parent, part personal trainer (In the best way, of course.) Very high activity level dogs are typically bred with a purpose: Hunting, fishing, competition, police K-9s or jogging partners.
What if my dog is particularly alert?
It’s important to discern between an anxious dog and an active dog. When we say “active” or even “very active,” we mean these dogs were simply born to move. You may have a dog who’d otherwise sit at a normal activity level, but whose circumstantial or genetic anxiety has them grumbling, barking or shifting all day long. For these dogs, we recommend selecting a normal activity level, and speaking with your vet about potential solutions.