Here is the thing, I would rather my dog be a fit dog and have to spend the extra time with him running trails, etc., every day then force him to be a couch potato for my own convenience. Same with the cats I've had, I always spent time playing with them and taking them for (short) daily walks. My cat Snoopy would follow me everywhere like a puppy, I once went to a nearby store to get some groceries, she walked over with me, waited outside while I got my shopping done and then walked back home with me.This and leave all the rest. Except teaching them to to settle to reset your schedule - sitting on the dog or crating to have them settle and that there is a big difference with energy levels between 11 months old and mature dogs. Most people rehome or get rid of dogs are at the 10-12 month old mark. The more you exercise the fitter the dog the becomes and the more difficult to get them tired especially at 11 months old was my entire point. Nose works is certainly a favorite.
None of my animals has been overweight, except for a rescue dog who looked like a sausage when I got her. She was a rough collie, 10 years old when I got her and had lived a rough life. She was SO DELIGHTED when I started taking her on trails. Just radiated joy. She gradually slimmed down to a nice weight and lived to be 14 years old.
Anyway, my current dog has pushed me to be more fit since he never seems to get tired when we are out hiking trails. However, as long as I give him that good walk first thing in the morning, he's totally chill for a few hours and I can get some work done.
I just assumed he was a working line since he's so energetic, but from this thread I've learned this is a bad assumption...