PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Just as in people, there are inherently in dogs various degrees of energy level, whether it’s low, medium or high. That in itself is natural and should be assessed and somewhat matched with yours and your lifestyle when the dog is adopted.
However, hyperactivity is a different thing. Many people find themselves at odds with an overly excited, overactive dog. I find this more and more these days with my clients in my training, but fortunately there are ways to handle this that meet with successful outcomes.
Hyperactivity in dogs is different from the dog’s natural energy level. Hyperactivity can be caused by over excitement, stress, anxiety or even fear. It can be a by-product of lack of exercise, socialization and leadership. Sadly, many wonderful dogs get returned to shelters due to problematic behaviors such as this.
There is hope. The first thing to do is to make sure that your dog’s physical needs are met daily including a healthy walk that provides plenty of exercise along with playtime. Give your dog small “jobs” or tasks to do like “sit” and “stay” before mealtimes and treats before walks or special privileges. Teach your dog to calmly focus on you in sit position with treats or praise as rewards.
Ignore the excitement completely but praise your dog every time he or she is calm and relaxed. Start a training routine; seek a class or a trainer, and most importantly, stay consistent.
Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio