I saw an Instagram post by Dyas K9 in which a pup was passed out after a session of training. The caption explained how training stimulates a dog mentally and physically. A tired dog is a content dog and a content dog makes life more peaceful for a busy owner.
It seems like working a dog wears them out more than exercising them. Scout can literally run miles more than Ash and I. So if we want a calm fur missile, we place her in obedience in an elevated position. Its even better if we can put Copper up there with her. A little bit of that not only reinforces her wait command and obedience, but tires her out. A win-win situation for sure.
On a related note, I saw a video on Instagram of a Dutchie being taught to run on a tread mill. It was neat that the owner was able to do that but one of the principles I use is “Don’t ask anything of the dog you wouldn’t be willing to do,” and for me, running on the treadmill is not something I would be willing to do. It would be different if I was on the treadmill next to Scout working out together but you won’t see me work my dog on a treadmill just to exercise her. I do however enjoy going on runs with Ash and Scout and Copper. The three of us will be beat at the end and Scout looks like us like, “Uh excuse me, is that all?” I swear she could run another 5 miles. On the other hand, you give her a nice even half hour training session working on obedience under stress on elevated obstacles with some agility training and she is completely wiped.
A tired dog equals a happy owner.