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You better also know you've got a ton of extra free time on your hands for the next year (or years :) ) Frankly, I thiink even some mid-drive GSD's have behaviors like this pup...and it's way more than many people are prepared for when they buy that adorable bundle sleeping in a pile with it's littermates.




 

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Dogs/puppies just have energy! Tim is still ready to go after chasing squirrels in our five acre field, digging for moles, helping clean stalls, a two mile jog, swimming in the creek, chasing the jolly ball across the yard 20 times, dog school. My sisters labs live on a 40 acre farm, they get to swim in ponds, run the woods and run around all day. They basically keep going until 10 pm, when they crash.(But, if somebody wanted to play, they would be game!)

Generally, I don't think you can wear out a dog. Humans don't have the stamina. LOL!!
 

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Dogs/puppies just have energy! Tim is still ready to go after chasing squirrels in our five acre field, digging for moles, helping clean stalls, a two mile jog, swimming in the creek, chasing the jolly ball across the yard 20 times, dog school. My sisters labs live on a 40 acre farm, they get to swim in ponds, run the woods and run around all day. They basically keep going until 10 pm, when they crash.(But, if somebody wanted to play, they would be game!)

Generally, I don't think you can wear out a dog. Humans don't have the stamina. LOL!!
Agreed! It took me 4 hours to wear out Jazz. That included a walk along the Canal for an hour, a dog park along the canal for an hour, swimming for an hour, and then we travelled to another dog park for an hour. It was a gorgeous day and I loved it but wow does he ever have energy!
 

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Its currently impossible to tire nash out. My mutt just finally started getting to the point where he will get tired after going to work all day (dog daycare) and then playing fetch for 20 minutes or so and a long walk later in the evening. Nash can go all day and all night if I let him.
 

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Generally, I don't think you can wear out a dog. Humans don't have the stamina. LOL!!
Physically, no. Mentally, of course you can. It's all about the right mixture of both.

Just ask Kaiser who slept all afternoon/evening after spending a couple of hours socializing with lots of people and dogs but had energy to play with his sister after a 7 mile hike.

 

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That first video is SO much like my corgi and little GSD. They are night and day. I cantvwait til she gets her second set of vaccines so I can take her out of the home for more physical and mental stimulation!
 

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That first video is what Sasha is like now! LOL definitely wish I had checked out things better before I adopted her, and the only way I can tire her out is to play hours..hours a day just with her. Luckily she isn't destructive but does upset my other dogs. There is someone wanting her for possible drug detection training...giving it some thought.
There is a Leerburg dog in her pedigree.
 

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"So you think you want a high drive puppy" --- That is HAUS!! I have had Shepherds all of my life, but the drive that he has is unimaginable. My husband always jokes that he gives him heart palpitations.
 

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I am starting to understand what High Drive means. Sasha is "on" all of the time. She won't quit physically if it wasn't for the fact that I have to put limits on her. I am afraid she would kill herself if left to her own resources. She never stops, even in the heat. What I find interesting is the more mentally challenged she is the more tired she finally gets. So, mental challenges to me, is more important than just the physical for these high drive dogs. Admittedly, she is wearing me out, mentally!! I need to figure out more challenges for her. She is too darn smart.
 

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My B Collie from very high drive working lines is 13 yrs , and stiiiiiillll goes out 3 times a day or would go mental, obviously now the physical release is not as high anymore but mentally is ready to roll 24/7

So people thinking high drive dogs will really slow down ... think again !
 

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:laugh::laugh: That first video is great. Man, I'm glad I did my fair share of research beforehand, and knew better. If Mona was like the puppy in the first video I don't think I'd have any more hair left. Living in an apartment I knew I needed a medium to low drive pup, and got what I asked for thankfully.
 

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running ur dog through the mountains while u ride ur atv makes one tired puppy. he enjoys it. my 11 yr old black lab and my grandpas 7 yr old beagle mix join in. they all love it and i get a tired happy puppy. everybody wins! id recomend an atv to anyone havin puppy energy problems.
 

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Titan is 2. I have had him since 8 Weeks. I have, to this day, yet to find a way to physically drain him. I have done EVERYTHING you can imagine, well more so anything I can imagine that I have the stamina for, hehe. Even after a 5K run 45 minutes of fetch, obedience, and wrestling with the new puppy. He is still "on." The only thing that he passes out for an extended time for out of exhaustion is Saturday afternoons after SAR training and that's more mental exhaustion than anything... high drive dogs are a lot of work but oh so much fun when you want an active partner.. lol. My girl is a lazy butt and can't walk around the block without needing a break.. though she's a mastiff, 5 months old, and still gaining endurance. lol.
 

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I have a high drive puppy (non GSD) and very hard to wear out. Last weekend I tied a rope to a tug toy...tied it behind a UTV and dragged it around the pasture. When he caught it, I'd stop. When he lost interest (Hey! Pile of horse poop!) I'd go again. I didn't do it very long...but he was panting by the time we got back to the house. I even let him ride up front with me...and he stayed!
 

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Seeing that video I kinda miss the days when Freyja was that small and hyper. Then I remember that now I have a 75lb high drive dog, lol. If I hadn't had experience with a high energy, intelligent dog before she could have easily overwhelmed me, as several of her older siblings did to their owners. Years of training and there are still days I want to rip my hair out. I love her to death, but I have used my experiences to talk several people out of a high drive dog that I knew could not handle it. One person can hardly handle her lazy, fat lab, sigh. 2:30am zoomies are not a joke, especially when you have work the next day and your family is trying to sleep. Although I must say that she is the best diet/workout plan I could have ever found. Can't be a slug with that dog around, we even joke that she gave Angus a grey muzzle.
 

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I have a 7 month Old Shepherd , She is very sweet and obedient , BUT high drive , She has chased deer into the woods here , out of sight , I want to train Her not to , today was the second time . Any Remedy's or Suggestions
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I think it should be made clear that the drive of the puppy is not what prevents a high drive dog from settling down. There are many many high drive dogs that lead perfectly regular lives in the family as any other drive GS. There are some High drive dogs that have difficult times capping their drive, just like their are aggressive or shy dogs that have difficult times controlling their drives or impulses. Certainly not all!!!!
My point is that I think some newer people with or without high drive dogs are thinking that all high drive dogs need extra time invested because of the drive....and this is not necessarily so at all.:)
 

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Excellent points, Cliff. This video always rubs me the wrong way because I think it is severely misrepresenting drive. I don't see what is necessarily a "high drive" dog there, but rather a hyperactive one. Big difference between the two. Being a Mal, it probably is high drive, but that isn't what is causing these behaviors that are being represented as drive.
 
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