High-Energy Dogs and Low-Energy Owners Don’t Mix

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High-Energy Dogs and Low-Energy Owners Don't MixRecently I got a call from an 80-year-old woman with an 8-month-old high-drive German Shepherd.

I have also received calls from others, like the 75-year-old woman who can hardly walk and needs help with a one-year-old lab.

There are others but you get the idea. Low-energy dogs with low-energy owners!

In both of these particular cases they received the dogs as gifts from their kids. What were they thinking? These ladies could not handle these dogs. Even going for walks was a huge problem. The ladies were being knocked down, scratched and mouthed so badly their arms were a mess with cuts and scratches.


Again these are only two recent examples. Over the years I have seen this same story over and over again. So I asked the lady with the shepherd why she got a shepherd. She said that she had owned three of them in the past and they were all great dogs. This happened in the very distant past when she was MUCH younger.

High Energy vs. Low Energy

Big high drive dogs need exercise and training. They also require an owner who has the strength and energy to handle, train and care for a dog like this. So what kind of dog should a low-energy person own? That all depends on how low energy you are.

But for simplicity let’s talk about these ladies in their 70’s and 80’s. Since these ladies are not out walking on a daily basis and they don’t jog, I think a good guess would be that they need a dog that loves to be in their lap. Yes, they need a dog that does not require long walks.

These ladies each wanted a dog to give them something to love and care for. A dog allows elders to feel needed and loved. However, remember we need to be smart when helping our older family members and help guide them to a dog that is appropriate when it is fully grown.

Just because you owned a large dog in the past does not mean that is the right dog for you today.

One last thing. You are probably wondering what happened to the two dogs we have been talking about in this article. Well I was able to help them find a new forever home for both dogs.

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