If you are at a loss when it comes to handling a hyperactive child then you are probably one of those people who are yet to encounter a hyperactive pet. After having a spent a tired day at the office, many pet owners come home looking forward to de-stress through a relaxed evening only to be jumped at by a pet who is bursting at his seams with energy and excitement. Under the circumstances it is but natural to lose your temper but a better option would be to exercise self control and find other ways of redirecting this high energy level.
Like in case of children, in case of dogs also there is no definite explanation for justifying the gushing fountain of energy – in some cases it might be attributed to boredom while in others it continues to remain an inexplicable mystery. Irrespective of the reason, investigating the behavior and trying to understand its underlying cause is one of the moral duties which every pet owner must perform.
If the dog is bored
A pet’s needs are very much similar to a child’s needs and hence as children require attention, a pet also needs to be paid adequate attention. Most of the time, dogs spend their day lazing around the house with minimal physical activity and the consequence is that not only do they become overweight but get thoroughly bored as well.
Daily exercise is a viable solution and although the duration varies from one breed to another, a regular dosage is sufficient to cause a mental as well as physical stir. While working or herding breeds like malamutes and huskies require minimum three hours of running around in the open for stimulation, for smaller breeds just a fraction of that would suffice.
Hyperactive due to separation
Many dogs tend to become agitated at being left alone and as a result express the anxiety in form of over excitement when the owner is about to leave home or comes back in the evening. Usually this takes the form of being jumped at by the pet and owners tend to rely on the rewarding tactic to avoid this situation only to regret it later.
There are other ways of dealing with this problem, the most effective being to ignore the excitement completely and prevent them from jumping around. Given time and patience, the pet can also be taught to calm down so that it is able to overcome the separation anxiety and not react violently every time the owner departs or arrives. Training could commence with going out for short durations and coming back and then gradually stretching the length of time spent outside. Ensuring that the dog is comfortably settled in his cozy space with one of his favorite toys is another way of muting down the excitement.
How to calm an excited dog
Teaching a dog how to calm down is an intimidating task although not impossible. It does require a lot of work and patience and entails imparting training in the correct manner so that the objective is achieved. After having established yourself as the master, the next step of training involves teaching the dog to perform simple tricks like sitting, waiting, maintaining silence and so on.
This would undoubtedly stretch the dog’s patience beyond a limit but it would serve to quite them down as the animal would be more intent on concentrating on the command and hence waste less of his time jumping around. Consistent training for certain duration would soon show positive results in form of calm behavior of the dog.
Although this method works with most of the breeds, there are some who still refuse to calm down and tend to be vivacious in spite of all the training. When this happens, it is probably due to lack of attention and hence devoting some undivided attention solely to the pet is in order.