High-Energy Dogs: A Practical Guide to Living With Energetic and Driven Canines

January 25, 2013 by  
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High-Energy Dogs: A Practical Guide to Living With Energetic and Driven Canines

Many of the most popular dog breeds, including Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, and many of the terriers, are considered to be high-energy by nature–but even breeds not considered high-energy can have markedly energetic individuals among them. High-Energy Dogs provides the owners of these intelligent and challenging dogs with the tools to manage their diverse physical and mental needs in a positive and fun way. In this informative guide, discover why certain breeds are hard-wired for tireless work and how to channel these energy reserves into positive behaviors. The author, an expert on dogs, offer tips on how to read and understand body language in order to make your demanding dog more manageable. She also provides information on managing specific behavior problems related to high-energy dogs, including separation anxiety, jumping up, and refusing to come when called. A step-by-step plan is included to maximize a high-energy dog’s natu

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3 Responses to “High-Energy Dogs: A Practical Guide to Living With Energetic and Driven Canines”
  1. Rick Deckard says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Helpful insights, October 31, 2009
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    Rick Deckard (NC, United States) –

    This review is from: High-Energy Dogs: A Practical Guide to Living With Energetic and Driven Canines (Paperback)

    This is a great book and full of explanations for the reasons behind my dogs behaviors. I got a puppy from the Humane Society a year ago who looked like a collie/husky/chow mix. As she grew she became more and more identical to a pure bred border collie. This dog is beautiful, fun and sweet. We frequent the dog park and she loves interacting with every dog there, she is a real social butterfly. But she also can be a handful at home. If she isn’t tired and content then she asks for & demands, attention. Which is great with me since interacting with my dog is a central aspect of my life. But I also need to be careful to protect her from getting out of the yard or hurting herself. Then there is the issue of leash aggression. She loves all dogs at the off-leash park, but at a regular park when we run into another leashed dog she loses her cool. Lots of built up energy and drive and frustration at not being free to run up and play make her come across as aggressive. Then its a feedback loop since the other dog and owner tense up. Not to mention me… one big thing which I might be contributing is my own tension and hesitancy when spotting another dog.
    There are so many dog books and dog training books & videos that it’s a little hard to find one right for me.
    This one is not fluffy as it is chock full of behavioral traits, examples, explanations and strategies for channeling my dog’s drive in a healthy manner. And I like that they prefer the ‘pure positive’ methods over the dominance method which is popular now due to TV. But the book doesn’t lecture or spew platitudes, rather it lays out the information for you to decide which way will work for you. Obviously I really like this book and suggest it is as described, ‘A Practical Guide'(for high-energy dogs).

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  2. C. Glinski says:
    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t bother if you’ve ever had a dog…, January 3, 2010
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    C. Glinski (Lawrence, KS) –
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    This review is from: High-Energy Dogs: A Practical Guide to Living With Energetic and Driven Canines (Paperback)

    I have been raised around dogs my entire life. However, most of them have not compared with the energy my border collie has. (Other dogs I’ve owned or been extensively around: Beagle, St. Bernard, Boxer, Lab, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Sharpei, mutts…ect.)

    I purchased this book with the hope that it would have good ideas to help me with a dog more energy than I have ever experienced. However, upon receiving this book I was very disappointed. It seemed to try to cater to every dog owner. Much of what I read was already information I know… like why dogs sniff each other, or what each dog breed was built for.

    If you’ve never had a dog, it might be a good read. I was disappointed though and did not gather any new or useful information out of the book.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great service., January 9, 2013
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    I saw this book at a bookstore in very rough shape. Decided to check on line and ordered it. This was almost as good as new at a fraction of the cost.

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