Different dog breeds have varying temperaments, for sure. The so-called lap dogs like Shih Tzu and pugs love staying on the lap or couch most of the time, while active and energetic dog breeds like border collies and Doberman can’t get enough of running and hopping around! Some dog owners find their dogs have become less energetic over time. If this happens to your dog, do not overlook the issue. Lack of energy in your canine companion can be caused by several factors like illness, ageing and lifestyle issues. In any case, it is important to find the root cause and do the needful to make the animal energetic again.
Look into the root of the issue
If your dog breed is energetic and you still find the animal spends most of the time in its room or on the couch, something is wrong. Take the dog to the vet to get him/her examine well. If it is caused by an underlying illness and infection, the vet should be able to assess it. Sometimes, some dogs tend to get lethargic owing to ageing. It can also be seen more in the winter months. In that case, you can adopt a few tricks to make the dog energetic again.
Tips to infuse new energy into your dog
– Lack of exposure to sunlight can make the dogs lazy, much like their human owners. Ensure the room where the dog stays gets enough sunlight and natural air. You may also think of keeping the dog on an open balcony and rooftop during day time.
– Using toys and treats can also be a good idea to make your lethargic dog energetic. However, not all dogs have similar preferences for food and toys. Using a tennis ball or rubber bone may work well to motivate some dogs, but with others, you may have to be a little innovative. You can also indulge in indoor games with the dog from time to time. Offering treats is okay but do not just throw treats at the dog if all he/she does is lie on the sofa! Make the dog understand that the egret will be given when he/she performs some sort of activity. These may involve running, jumping and doing light doggy-style workouts etc.
– When indoor game tactics fail to cheer up your dog, you may think of taking the pet to a nearby park. Exposure to nature, water and the breeze can be useful. Sometimes, dogs that feel morose or lack energy cheer up when they see other dogs and pets. Dogs also tend to be playful when kids are around them.
– When your dog has become lethargic owing to old age, bringing home a younger dog or puppy can be useful in making the animal energetic again. Older dogs tend to be playful with puppies and younger dogs around.
Summing it up
Dogs tend to get lethargic for several reasons. It is possible to make them playful, but you must have an eye open for any serious underlying cause for the lack of energy in the pets.