When it comes to choosing a dog for your family, it’s safe to say that you’ll want to go for the dog that looks cute, that is easy to train, and that doesn’t have a reputation for biting, jumping, barking, etc. The list goes on, right? However, more importantly, you want to choose the right type of dog whose energy levels seamlessly mesh with the energy levels of the members who make up your household. In fact, this bullet point often gets pushed to the wayside when deciding on what dog to choose, which is something that families often regret later on when the dog begins to misbehave!
So, how can you be sure that you’ve chosen the right breed? Let’s take a look down below.
Finding The Right Energy Levels
Remember, every type of dog and every different breed that you may encounter have their own individual and defining traits – and almost always, they have different energy levels too. For instance, work dogs and herding dogs like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds have been specifically bred for centuries to be absolute powerhouses of energy – why? Because their owners depended on them to tend to their sheep, cows, or livestock out on the farm. In addition, they were bread for their intelligence and their obedience.
Now, suppose you adopt a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd because you fell in love with their beautiful coat or their mesmerizing eyes – but that was it! If you don’t own a farm, if you live in an apartment, and if you’re the type of family who would rather spend the day indoors on the couch than out and about, this could be one of the worst decisions that you could make! And trust us, the dog will resent you too!
Sure, Border Collies and Australian Shepherds are wonderful family dogs and they’re extremely loyal, so they might not give you a hard time at first. But sooner or later, their intelligence and energy demands will take over, and they’ll begin to misbehave. These types of dogs often become aware of their own boredom, and they’ll eventually find a way to let their energy out if you aren’t helping them – and that’ll be through reckless behavior at home!
On the other hand, if you’re a family who loves being outside, if you’re an avid runner and you simply can’t skip your daily run, or if you simply want to ensure that the energy needs of your pup are satisfied, then you could end up with one of the most loyal friends that life has to offer in a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd!
Choosing The Right Dog
Obviously the example above is a bit extreme, but it still goes to show just how important it is to research the breed that you plan to bring into your family beforehand. We always recommend choosing a dog with a natural energy level that is no higher than the lowest energy member of the household to ensure that there is always someone who can help your dog fulfill their natural energy needs and cravings.
Take this into account before your next dog, and you can rest assured knowing that your playful pup will reward you all day long!