Go, go, go...or slow, slow, slow?

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  1. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

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    A lot of people here, myself included a couple years ago, like dogs with loads of drive, that love to work, work, work, that are a challenge. These dogs need lots of exercise and mental stimulation to be well balanced and happy. Owners love the go, go, go lifestyle and love doing all kinds of sports and other dog events that include a whole other realm of a social life for the owners as well.

    I was an avid hiker when I lived in Idaho and loved doing agility with my Doberman. He was a dog that demanded lots of training and socialiation. He thrived on learning and practicing new things every day almost. He did have an off switch, but if more than a day or two went by withhout at least a walk, his face just looked depressed and bewildered.

    Since he has been gone and I'm left with my two senior Chihuahuas, I have come to rely on the YMCA for my own exercise rather than daily mountain hikes. And these two dogs have spoiled me in a way because they're couch potatoes. They like to play. Jose` loves to play fetch and take walks. But he is not unhappy to not have a walk for a few days if need be. He can run through the house if I entice him to retrieve a ball. And there's the yard. They can romp and wrestle, run around etc and get some exercise. They are completely undemanding and love almost nothing more than to cuddle on my lap or just lie beside me on the floor, follow me around a little bit, watch what I'm doing in the kitchen with their little tails wagging. They don't have a very high energy level and they're really quite laid back and relaxed, even as puppies. I have come to like that a lot in a dog. No, a stuffed animal wouldn't do. I do love their little quirky personalities and taking walks, playing with them and teaching them a few new things here and there and I love their perkiness and spirit. But I love having dogs that are low maintenance.

    Have you only had dogs with high energy and high exercise needs? Or do you or have you had both kinds of dogs? Do you like a highly spirited, active dog that prefers to be doing something stimulating most of the time or do you like a more laid back, couch potato dog that can be livened up when enticed or invited? Or... do you like an old, lazy dog that can hardly raise his head up off the ground. :p
     
  2. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Mine are pretty much the best of both worlds. They'll crash and snooze when I'm busy, but when it's time to GO they are ON. Pretty much the same as me ;)

    Kharma, especially, gets a lot of her stimulation mentally. I can look at her and see the wheels turning, lol.
     
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    My ideal dog is capable of both - fairly high drive, with a fantastic off switch. Both of my dogs fit that fairly well. Gavroche actually turned out to be higher drive than Logan, and Logan's drive has dropped considerably since I got him - mostly maturing is my guess. Both dogs have great off switches, though Gavroche's is better.

    I would like a high-drive dog when I am finally able to do all the stuff I want to do with the dogs. For now my boys are perfect, really. I secretly want a malinois, but at the same time I don't. I just want to borrow one to work with for a while lol.

    At work I always pick the high-drive dogs everyone else finds annoying and want to take them home lol. Others would rather have the cuddlers or the lazy dogs. Not me! If you're barking and jumping and running, I WANT YOU!
     
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    I was just thinking this afternoon when I was home for lunch... my sister and bro-in-law have a pattern with Henri. They have to take him to the dog park for about an hour every day and let him run around or he gets unruly. And I was thinking "if only letting my dogs run around for an hour wore them out..."

    I've been at the house working the past few days, so the dogs have been crated more than I would like. Auggie isn't horrible about this sort of thing but Payton gets very, um... difficult after a couple of days. He starts to drive me insane, and of course I feel terrible because it's MY fault he's driving me insane. One day last week I finally had it and I flung open the door to the backyard and yelled "GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY" at him while I was making dinner. I opened the window so I could keep an eye on him while cooking. He ran laps in the yard for at least ten minutes... every time I looked out the window to check on him, he was still running in a circle... when I was done I let him back in and he still had Crazy Eye going on.
    ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh and like I said, it's MY fault he gets like that, because it means I'm not doing what I should be with him. So I can't really be mad. This next month or so is going to drive us both to the brink of insanity I think. x_x


    BUT.
    I like him that way. I mean really. We called my sister one day to ask if Henri wanted to come over to play, and she said he was too tired because he had been at the dog park. My mom (with Georgie) and I looked at each other and were like "...wait what? What is "tired?" What does playing at the dog park have to do with it? Were you at the dog park for like a WEEK?" The only time I ever broke Auggie was two days of agility and a third day out in the heat doing sheep herding... he was OUT OUT OUT then. That's the ONLY time in almost seven years he has ever been fully exhausted. I love it which is why I actively sought it out again (see Payton.) I really wouldn't have it any other way.
     
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    I've only had go, go, go, but they do have decent off switches. That is if Lily has had her minimal running requirements met for the day. She starts creepin' on me and chasing her tail if she hasn't. Um yeah, they wrestled on my head this morning before I got up, LOL. :D
     
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    I've had both and have discovered if my dog is not go go go, I am lazy, lazy, lazy. I get these sorts of dogs on purpose so that I *have* to be active and cannot laze around for no reason. I love it.
     
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    I love my beach bums with workability, their chill out mode is just so pleasurable. My go,go,go dogs are even twitchy in their off switches, I love them but in a world where I didn't sport I would prefer my bullies.
     
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    I like 'em go go go. Mushroom has always been a couch commander, which I find boring as heck. He's a good boy, and having a snuggly lazy dog is nice sometimes, but mostly? I want a busy high energy dog, even if he can't settle in the house.
     
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    ^^^ this is exactly what i like and what I currently have in my dog. It's great.
     
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    I like the go button to come fully installed. Meg is what most people would consider the best of both worlds - she'll go on a big hike if I go, but will lay around the house for 3 days straight if I'm lazy. Gusto isn't one to give me even one day of lazy :D And I love him for it.
     
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    I like go go go most of the time. I do like a dog to be able to settle though and have a good off switch, but I don't like dogs to be too low energy.
     
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    If I had to pick between the two, I like go go go.

    I'm not going to lie, there are some days where I'm just like "GO LAY DOWN JACKSON!" when he's annoying me and whining at me, lol, but overall I love it. He MAKES me get out there and do things.

    And I get very frustrated with Buddy, my dads dachshund/spaniel mix who is just super unmotivated and lazy. He won't follow a lure, and he could care less about going for a walk or swimming. It irritates me lol.
     
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    My current dogs are now, as adults, all middle of the road I guess. When the Dobermans were younger they were very go, go, go dogs and had a hard time settling, but they did. Just not as easily as they do now. Right now they are all super easy to live with. Nobody pesters me or requires a ton of exercise. They're happy to lay around the house and sleep or chew bones all day and maybe romp in the yard together if it's nice out. When I do things with them the Dobermans have energy to burn and will go forever, but they don't necessarily need it. Dance is happy with a bit of fetch and a stroll in the park. She has no need for constant motion and running and jumping and fetching. She enjoys it, but when she's had enough she's had enough. She doesn't need it. I laugh at her laziness, but to be honest it's annoying sometimes in the sense that for as much fun as she is and as much fun as I have with her, I wish she had some more intensity, drive and endurance to do more things and do things for longer. She's such a weirdo Toller in that way.

    Tango was an always on the go, wanting to be busy and doing something type of dog and gave her all no matter what we were doing. She was a workaholic. But, she also had a great off switch. I've never had a high energy dog that needed to go for long runs or anything every single day. Tango would have loved that, but even she never pestered me about it. Although I kept her busy in other ways in and around the house when we couldn't actually get out to do things, as it did make her easier to live with. She didn't as easily settle in for a nap or anything like my current dogs do. She was awake and ready and waiting, although relaxed, way more than my current trio who really do sleep the day away snoring some days.

    Past dogs were quite lazy and bored me like crazy as a kid. They were the whole reason I even got Tango. I wanted a dog that liked to be active. Something to take for walks, something to play fetch, something to play frisbee, something to teach tricks to, etc. I wanted a busy dog. My dogs growing up were the epitome of couch potato. They liked to do limited activity things (the Dachshunds liked to go for walks and they liked to chase small creatures and tree squirrels, and the Rotties liked to go for walks and play tug), but they just were not very much fun for me, although I loved them very much.

    I definitely prefer a dog that likes activity and likes to be busy. Something fun. But it needs to have an off switch.
     
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    Usually I'd say more go-y but with a 2 year old and a newborn on the way I am totally okay with lazy couch potatoes.
     
  15. Doberluv

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    LOL Paige. That's funny and so true. In my old age (lol) I like it how my dogs are. They just match me. If I'm feeling my oats :banana:and want to play, run, go on a hike, whatever, they're rarin' to go (well, Chuli not as energetic anymore) but Jose`is. But if I want to chill, they chill. Instantly. We can be playing wild games in the house or out in the yard and the minute I sit down, they hop up on the couch and curl up. It's just right.:)
     
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    This is why I love Kailey. She can be a total spazz when we let loose, but in the car before and after a hike, she's chill as can be. Same with in the house, unless she has a case of the cat munchies.
    I definitely like my "go-go-go" dogs. It's generally not too hard to teach an off switch. I find it easier than trying to build drive when there's not a lot there, anyway.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I've had both lazy bums and then very active dogs. I like both in one dog ideally. I like a dog that if I take them to the agility field, they put forth a lot of effort and have a lot of drive and speed naturally. I cannot stand watching dogs that walk an agility course. I cannot work with a dog without drive either. I've tried with Rose and having to constantly bring a dog up is not for me. I have immense respect for people that do it though.

    My two right now are really really great. We did 3-5 hours outside running around this weekend every day and they both kept up well. Mia could have continued on forever. Summer starts to slow down after that but she is 8 and it was in the 90s outside. They both are a ton of fun to train and will put up with my training games. They have a lot of enthusiasm and spunk when I'm working with them. I love that about both of them. Very few other dogs I train with do I see have the same kind of energy and excitement my dogs do. The more dogs I train around, the more I appreciate my two. They both will behave if I skip a day or two or even three of exercise. As long as Mia gets some ball playing or training inside, she'll not be destructive. I like that Mia perks up at the drop of a hat. I can barely move and she'll be charging around the house ready to go. I love that Mia's lying down on the couch right now but if I were to grab her tennis ball, it'd be GAME ON. I don't mind that she's sometimes busy or barky or not content to lie around all day. I don't mind that she excites easily or screams in the car. I love that I have a dog that will play all day long if I want. But she doesn't have to either. As far as I'm concerned Mia's grown up very nicely into my perfect energy level.

    Really, I like drive and an off switch. Mia's off switch developed around 2 to 2 1/2. I'm fine dealing with a complete crazy up until then. It's been very worth it.
     
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    I prefer calmer dogs but can handle a dog with energy as well. Violet has quite a bit of energy but has a really good off switch most of the time. Chloe can be lazy or hyper depending on your mood. If you want to play with her she's up for it and loves it but it you NEVER exercised her she wouldn't care a bit. She sleeps mostly lol.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Haha, so I post this then Mia starts standing on my shoulder and whining then hitting me repeatedly in the head. So much for that off switch, Mia. Luckily her antics amuse me greatly and don't annoy me at all.
     
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    Cohen is relatively high drive for an Aussie, and I've grown to adore her for it. She's always rearing to go, and as other people have said, her desire for activity keeps me active. The drawbacks are that she can't go a day without a walk, or some sort of prolonged activity, or else she drives me crazy leaping to attention each time I adjust my weight or clear my throat. With an hour walk each day, and a few moments of play she's decent indoors and will laze about with me, but she will happily gogogo for 8+ hrs straight if the situation calls for it.

    The Chihuahua came to me with my fiance, and I'm astonished how low maintenance she is. She's convenient, and can tag along with Cohen and I, or I can leave her at home if I feel like it. All she really wants to do is hang out. And I find her so BORING.

    I can see the appeal of tiny dogs, but she's really the antithesis of everything I like in dogs. I like that Cohen is focused on my every move and is ready to do just about anything I ask of her simply because she thrives on interacting with me.

    My fiance prefers dogs low maintenance. I like 'em crazy. I'm not sure where we'll end up in the future.
     

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