How to Calm a Hyperactive Dog

hyperactive dogMany of us are surprised when the adorable and quiet dog we brought home turns out to be hyper! What can be done? The first thing we have to realize is that having a hyper dog is a dog problem that has many possible causes and many possible solutions. The majority of hyper dog problems stem from boredom and a lack of stimulation. Therefore, in order to try and resolve the dog problem, you have to examine the way you interact with your dog and the kind of activities your dog does on a daily basis.

Here are some suggestions you can try to calm your hyperactive dog.

Ignore the hyper dog behavior.

Realize that dogs are seeking attention from you. One has to learn to not pay attention to any hyper activity from your dog as you’ll reinforce the very dog problem you’re trying to eliminate. When your dog exhibits hyper activity such as jumping or nipping in a way you don’t want, do not touch, talk, or have any eye contact. Your dog may very well settle down soon if no attention is given.

Make your dog work for his food.

A great way to exercise your dog mentally, is through the use of interactive food toys. Some good ones include the Buster Cube, Premier Busy Buddy Collection, and, of course, Kongs.

Frozen Kongs are great for when a dog has to be left home alone. Put some wet food or peanut butter into a classic Kong and freeze it. Your dog will have fun licking and chewing at it, and his mind will be occupied.

Take your dog for a walk to redirect the high energy.

A vigorous walk is a great way to redirect a lot of your dog’s excessive energy. Exercising your dog regularly and vigorously should diminish that extra energy. By tiring your dog out, your dog should be able to relax more as he’ll be tuckered out and will find it easier to relax and calm down.

The best medicine for a hyper dog is calm energy.

One of the most important things to remember if we have a hyper dog is that we should always try to remain calm. Many times dogs reflect or mirror the energy we project and reflect it back to us. Are you calm and assertive most of the time? Do you project a confident packleader type of energy? Do you raise your voice often at everyday stresses? Nervous or anxious moods can translate into nervous or anxious body language or tones of voice and can affect the energy of your dog and make him even more hyper. Set an example for your dog and do your best to remain calm and project calm energy to him.

Try out aromatherapy.

Dogs experience the world primarily through their sense of smell. Just as the smell of lavender is said to relax human beings, a soothing smell can also have a very calming effect on your dog. Talk to your veterinarian or consult a holistic professional to find out which smells may work for your dog and which methods of dispersal are the best and safest for him.

“All dogs are created equal, but some dogs are created more hyper than others.” (apologies to George Orwell, Animal Farm). Hopefully, you have one of the less hyper ones; but, if you don’t, take the above information into consideration and see if it helps.

Comments are closed.