How to Calm a Hyperactive Dog

Written by darlene zagata
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If you have a hyperactive dog then you probably get tired just watching him. If your canine friend is jumping all over you and bouncing off the walls then he is probably hyperactive. You may be at the end of your rope trying to get your hyper dog to calm down. While calming a hyperactive dog can be a challenge it's not impossible. Here are a few tips to calm your hyperactive pet.

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Instructions

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    Give your dog a brisk daily workout. It is important to remember that a hyperactive dog is an energetic dog. A hyperactive dog has boundless energy and he needs a healthy, positive outlet for his energy. Take your dog on long walks or turn him loose in a fenced yard or other area where he can run and expend his excess energy. Consider working out with your dog. For example, if you jog you could take your dog running with you.

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    Get your dog a friend. Having someone to romp around and play with can give your hyperactive dog an outlet for his boundless energy. By giving him a friend you also give him someone to keep him company.

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    Make sure your dog receives his needed vaccinations. The distemper vaccine tends to reduce hyperactivity in dogs.

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    Create a calming home atmosphere. Pets often react to their environment. They can also react to the emotions of their human family members. If your household is loud, boisterous and energetic your dog may be behaving appropriately to his surroundings. Try creating a more quiet, calm environment and see how your dog reacts.

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    Soothe your hyperactive beast with soft music and/or nature sounds. Although this may not work with every dog sound does seem to have a beneficial effect on some dogs. Try classical melodies, the sound of soft rain, a waterfall or even the rhythm of a heartbeat to bring about a calming effect.

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    Learn basic dog training commands and teach your dog to obey simple commands. Be patient while working to train your dog but if your pet proves difficult to train consider consulting a professional trainer or taking your dog to obedience school. Even the most hyperactive dog will learn proper behaviour if taught with love and patience.

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    Consult with your veterinarian if all else fails to calm your hyperactive pet. Your veterinarian may be able to prescribe a medication to calm your dog and lessen his hyperactive behaviour.

Tips and warnings

  • The age and breed of your dog will play a role in how hyper he may be. Puppies are generally more energetic than adult dogs. Certain breeds are more energetic than others. Such energetic breeds include Dalmation, Border Collie, Labrador Retriever, Chow, Siberian Husky, Doberman Pinscher, Boxer, Pit Bull, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Terrier, Cocker Spaniel and others.

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