General Health & Hygiene How To's

How To Calm a Hyperactive Dog

Written by Nancy Boland

Having a hyper dog is a dog problem with many possible causes and solutions. Many hyper dog problems stem from boredom and a lack of stimulation. So in order to cure the behaviour you have to assess the way you are interacting with your dog and the kind of activity your dog gets on a daily basis.

Here are some simple techniques of how to calm a hyperactive dog you can try at home.

Ignore the hyperactive behaviour

By paying attention to the hyper dog during outbursts, you’re reinforcing the very dog problem behaviour that you’re trying to stop. The next time your dog is jumping up at you in an overexcited way, try the no touch, no talk, and no eye contact method and see their reaction. Not giving them any attention often makes them quick to settle down.

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Put him to work

Having a task to focus on can help tremendously. Hyperactivity in dogs can come from both a psychological need to do something and a physical one. By giving your dog a job to do, you redirect his energy elsewhere. For example, having your dog wear fetch a toy will keep him focused on carrying instead of getting distracted by other things.

Exercise

If your dog has a lot of built-up energy, vigorous exercise is an excellent way to redirect it where you want it to go. Once you’ve burned that extra energy away, your dog should be pleasantly exhausted and too tired to act out of turn.  Without that frustration, and extra anxiety he will find it much easier to relax.

Check yourself

Your dog responds to the way you react. Any energy you project, he will reflect back. Are you stressing out over something or burdened with the worries? Nervous or anxious moods can translate into nervous or anxious body language or often tones of voice, and can affect the energy of your dog. So to remain assertive and calm, keep checking in with yourself from time to time. Dogs are very sensitive!

Pamper Time

Dog’s experience their surroundings primarily through scent. Everything is much more intense through their nose so it should come as no surprise that the smell of essential oils like lavender can be just as relaxing to them too. If your dog will let you, indulge him in a light massage to help him relax after an activity packed day. This can help calm your dog and also improves bonding between the two of you.

About the author

Nancy Boland

I'm Nancy, owner of a very spoiled, one eyed Jack Russell called Basil. I'm a trainee veterinarian with a love for all things dogs. I'm especially passionate about dog adoption and always advocate rescue and enjoy writing about canine health and nutrition, alongside overall well-being tips for happy dogs!

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