|Barked: Tue Jan 8, '13 5:01am PST |
|IMHO, if you have to give your dog pills to calm him/her down on a daily basis, you have to consider whether you as an owner are meeting that dog's needs.
I feel that that's why proper puppy/dog placement from breeders and rescues as well is VITAL. Active, high energy, dedicated owners should be placed with high energy prospects, especially when it comes to those high octane herding dogs.
I know that my dog, who is high drive/high energy DOES have an off switch if she's given a proper outlet. Both training and exercise are needed to wear her out. If she's still edgy and bugging me for something to do, I feel that it's my problem for not providing her enough stimulation.
I don't feel that it's her "fault" and I'd never consider medicating her just to make her fit better into my life style.
At some point, you have to ask, "Am I really a good fit for this dog if I have to medicate him/her just to deal with the energy level?"
Again, especially with those herders, they're supposed to have boundless mental and physical energy. They're specifically bred for that in many cases. If you don't like those attributes, maybe it's time to consider an older shelter dog or a companion breed like pugs who don't need that caliber of mental and physical outlet.
This is why research is so important when choosing a dog. Whether you're picking a dog from the shelter or a puppy from a breeder, you can't just go with what's cute and force it to be what you want.
you want a dog that fits into your current lifestyle, not a dog that you and your family have to fit around.
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