Your Dog Needs a Job

Many behaviorists and trainers recommend that high energy dogs have a “job”. Finding a “job” for most dogs is challenging as most require advanced training and are not really open to pet dogs. My dogs have several jobs. The one I would like to recommend is tracking. On Sundays mornings either my wife or I will go hide. The dog’s job is to find the person who is hiding by tracking. It is surprising how much energy a dog expends in tracking. Tracking can be done almost anyplace and doesn’t require expensive equipment. Dogs can be taught to track easily and, with practice, become quite good at it. Here is a link describing a training protocol. (