How to Calm A Hyper Dog
Tips to Calming Down a Hyper Dog
We all love our dogs for their high spirits, endless wagging tails and playfulness. In fact, that is one of the main reasons why people get dogs – they are full of life. On the downside dogs, especially young ones, tend to be on overdrive at times while running around your home, begging you with their puppy eyes to let them out of the house and, at some points, possibly driving you nuts with their hyper activity. Since you love your dogs all the same, here are a few tips to calm down your hyper dog.
Importance of Exercise For Hyper Dogs
The number one reason why dogs are unnecessarily hyper is lack of exercise and activity. Dogs have so much energy inside and often don’t get an outlet to release it. If they’re not able to release all that energy, dogs start engaging in hyper and often destructive behavior like digging, tearing up your sofa, running around endlessly, pushing you to play with them, jumping at people, chasing just about anything and so on. You cannot simply expect your dog to be happy just lying in your apartment 24/7. Depending on the dog breed, determine the right exercise regimen. For all dogs, great exercise means working up the heart a good amount so that they pant. Basic exercises include walking and jogging with your dog, hiking, playing fetch and more. When exercising, don’t overwork your dog and be sure to give him or her enough rest.
Importance of the first few months
Dogs learn best through two things: schedule/routine and education. It is very important that your dog has been exposed to these two from the very beginning. This entails effort and consistency from you. Dog owners sometimes unconsciously teach their dogs that misbehavior is the way to go. If you have never trained your dog and given them a schedule in terms of feeding, bowel and bladder relief, exercise and so on, the dog will resort to attention-seeking measures to get what they wants. If the dog was used to a schedule from the very beginning, some of this attention-seeking behavior may never even start in the first place.
Preventing your dog to jump on people
If your dog jumps at you in excitement when seeing you, that may not be a problem. But when a fully grown German shepherd jumps on your 5-year old daughter out of happiness then that may not be so delightful. One of the main reasons why dogs jump at their owners is because they want to be closer to your face and hands, since dogs associate them with affection. Owners indirectly teach their dog to jump at them by petting them when they are only on their hind legs. Hence, only pet your dog when he or she is on all fours. Give them a treat when they are on all fours too, so that they know they did something right. If your dog is quite the jumper, use a leash if necessary.
Going wild in the car
Sometimes, dogs have to ride in cars or some owners, who love to travel with their canine friends, need them to keep it together inside the car. To prevent your dog from going wild while driving, it is best to make them get used to it while they are still a puppy. Use a crate or doggie seatbelt at first, if necessary. Most of the time, the dog will eventually be able to drive without restraints because they has simply become used to the routine and follows the control established with the restraint. Another tip is to exercise your dog before they ride in the car. This ensures that they have already released their stored up energy.
Running out as soon as the door opens
To prevent this, teach your dog that they need your permission before they go out of the door. You can do so by always making your dog wait to have a leash put on before they get to go out the door. You can also place an additional barrier between the dog and the open door until the leash is on. Again, providing proper exercise and activity for your dog prevents them from dashing for the door every time they feel that they get the chance to get out and play.
Dogs getting too pushy and playful
When your dog is very persistent, they will tend to push you and bother you, hoping that you will give in. If it is not the right time for play, petting or food, ignore his actions. If that doesn’t work, use “dog calisthenics” on them, also known as puppy push-ups (make him or her sit/down, sit/down repeatedly and praising them for their correct actions). Do this until they get too bored or tired which usually doesn’t take long and they give up. Always remember that dogs get pushy and playful if they feel energetic. That is why exercising your dog is so important. Make sure your dog has enough physical activity in a routinely and scheduled way so that your dog learns when is the right time for play and when is not.
Don’t teach your dog predatory behavior
Never encourage your dog to chase other animals. If your dog sees something that they might want to chase, direct their attention to you and keep them entertained. This will create a reflex that every time they see something chase-worthy, they will direct themselves at you. In addition, chasing your dog or each other teaches them to run after humans, which can scare others or can be dangerous for your dog ( ie: if they dash across the street).
To summarize, the best way to keep your dog calm is to exercise them and keep them busy. All the bundled up energy in your lively dog needs to find some form of release. Otherwise, they start to become hyper in ways that are unpleasant to you. Also, teach them from the very beginning how you wish for them to behave. Dogs are smart creatures and learn fast – never underestimate their ability to understand and follow.