Dogs, much like people, come in all shapes, sizes, and personality types. Some dogs are bold, while others are cautious. Some are outgoing while others prefer to keep to themselves. Whether your dog’s favorite position is the leader of the pack at the dog park or snoring loudly on the couch, it’s important to make sure they’re getting the right levels of enrichment.

Households with an energetic dog need to take extra care in making sure their peppy pup gets enough exercise. High-energy dogs who don’t receive adequate physical activity can become destructive, which can lead to behavioral problems that ultimately affect their mental health.

This time of year is perfect for dog owners looking to take advantage of Maine’s many beautiful hiking trails. Hiking is a great way to stimulate your dog’s mind with new scents and discoveries while giving them a great outlet to move. Taking advantage of your local dog park is another positive way to help your dog spend out their energy in a healthy way. For those who live near Camden, the Jean H. Kislak Dog Park, which was generously donated to P.A.W.S. and is open to the community, is located on Camden Street in Rockport. The park is a gently sloping fenced-in dog park, with separate areas for large and small dogs to romp around. Both of the fenced-in areas offer double-gated entryways, benches for dog owners to throw a ball and enjoy.

There are two very energetic dogs currently at P.A.W.S. awaiting adoption. Both would be the perfect candidates for fun at the dog park or a hiking trail. Tully is a caramel-colored canine with zestful energy and love for all things outdoors. He loves a good adventure, is very sweet, and especially good with other dogs. Lucky came to P.A.W.S. after his owner was no longer able to care for him. He’s another very loving and energetic dog who loves when it’s his turn to go for a walk. He is very playful and while he is fine with other dogs, he would probably do best if he was the only dog in the household.

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