If you have a pit bull, than you know that these dogs are high energy. If their energy isn’t released in a healthy way than they can turn into little energy tornadoes. Let’s explore different ways on how to exercise a pit bull.
Hiking – My boy would get so excited when I told him we were going to the mountain. He knew that meant hours of new smells, mud holes to play in, and lots of climbing. He even enjoyed winter hiking. Usually once we off the mountain and in the car, my pit bull was fast asleep and stayed that way the rest of the day and night.
Running – If you are a runner than you are in luck, most pit bulls love to run. Make sure that your dog is properly leash trained or he will try to drag you along. Take it slow at first. Start off with short runs and work your pit bull up to longer runs. Pay attention to his behavior and you will know when he’s ready to run longer.
Long Walks – Walking isn’t as high intensity so your dog might need walks that are longer than 30 minutes. Try to change your walking routes regularly. Walking on flat ground is ok, but try to get some hills in there to make your pit bull’s work out a little harder. Gotta walk that energy out of her.
Fetch – Fetch is great if your pup needs a work out but you don’t. Some pit bulls like to play fetch with a ball and others prefer a Frisbee. They like the chase of a moving object. They also like to catch the object out of the air. There are some pit bulls that do awesome tricks with their human and a Frisbee.
Agility – I recently saw a video of a pit bull going through an agility course. The pup was fast. Agility courses make your dog use his brain and body to get through the challenges. It does take training, but once your pit bull knows what you want him to do, he will be happy to run the course for you.
Dog Park/Play Date – If your pit bull is well-trained and socialized than a few hours at the dog park would be a great way for her to get some energy out. Dogs love to play with other dogs because they can play rougher than they can with their humans. If you don’t have a dog park near you than try a play date with another dog that your dog has had positive experiences with. Along with the energy release, this helps to keep the pups socialized.
Play With You – Your pit bull would love a play session with you. You can play chase or tug of war. A gentle game of wrestling would be fun for your pup. Be mindful of your pit bull’s behavior. You don’t want him to get rough, nipping could start to happen.
Sometimes I would just open the door and let my pit bull out in the yard to do zoomies. After a few minutes of running around like a crazy dog, he would ask to come back in and he would be relaxed the rest of the day. Other days he would need several zoomie sessions.
Do you and your pit bull have a special energy busting activity that you do together? Let us know!
If you have any questions or concerns about your pit bull’s health or ability to do any of these activities, please contact your veterinarian.