Signs a Puppy Will Be High Energy

by Adrienne Farricelli Google
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You know you own a high-energy pup when your home looks like the scene of a train wreck and your puppy still has loads of energy to spare. Unfortunately, a crystal ball capable of accurately predicting the energy levels of puppies so they could be matched with the most appropriate owners has yet to be invented. If you're a couch potato, you'll need to do some homework before falling in love with the cutest hyper pup.

Puppy's Ancestors

Taking a look at a pup's ancestors can help you predict high energy levels. A pup coming from parents with strong working lines and known for winning several titles in field trials will likely be blessed with a high level of energy and stamina. Don't expect to see these working dogs curl up and snooze in front of the fireplace all day; these dogs need daily structured activities. Cooping them up with nothing to do won't lead to innocent thumb twiddling, but if you're an active person, you'll love that these dogs are always ready to spring into action.

Puppy's Breed

While no generalizations can be made, keep in mind that certain dog breeds have a tendency to be in perpetual motion. Get your energy drinks ready: Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, pointers and several of the spaniels and setters are high-energy sporting dogs with loads of stamina and determination. Without a job to do, they'll drive you up the wall. Among the herders, Australian shepherds, Australian cattle dogs and several collies can be quite power-packed dynamo dogs. If you like terriers, you'll need to accept digging, barking and listening to the pitter-patter of little restless feet around the house.

Puppy's Energy

You may find it easy to identify high-energy pups from the rest of the litter, but keep in mind that generally all pups are quite rambunctious when young. The breeder who has seen the litter grow up from day one may be better able to point out the supercharged pups from the mellow fellows for you. As much as you would love to choose a pup or have a pup choose you, it's best to leave this important task for the experienced breeder.

Puppy's Behaviors

If you're looking for a doggie couch potato, you may want to skip those pups who continually nip at hands, chase pant legs and fight back when you try to restrain them or control them in any way. This generally isn't just a mild struggle; rather, these little stinkers will put up quite a fight, according to The Whole Dog Journal. Instead look for a pup with a lower energy level, but without being forlorn or apathetic. Your ideal pup should remain calmly in you arms for at least 30 to 60 seconds without trying to nip, scratch or squirm away, according to veterinarian Ron Hines on his website 2ndchance.info.

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About the Author

Adrienne Farricelli has been a writer since 2005, serving as an editor, steward and writer for several online publications. She brings expertise in canine topics, previously working with the American Animal Hospital Association and receiving certification as a dog trainer from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Farricelli offers reward-based training and behavior consults at Rover's Ranch Home Boarding and Training.

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