How to calm a hyper dog

If your dog seems hyper, or overly-excited, the problem likely stems from boredom and a lack of stimulation. So in order to address the problem, 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 you can try at home to calm your hyperactive dog.

Student Question

A hyper Jack Russell Terrier

 We have a four-month-old Jack Russell named Wetto. Our dog problem with him is taking him for dog walks.

He is taking us for walk -- even though we continuously stop and try to get him to walk next to us. He wants to smell everything and tries to run ahead. We also made the mistake of allowing our dog to sleep on our bed at night. As the night progresses, our dog hogs the bed and also interferes with our private time. He gets so excited when we get home from work that he just cannot calm down for a half an hour. He also gets hyper, jumpy, licky, and just wants attention when we have company.

6 steps to managing a dog's over-excitement

A dog that’s spinning in circles, jumping up and down, or barking and yipping is not a happy dog. These are all signs of over-excitement. The dog has excess energy, and the only way her brain knows how to deal with it is to work it off physically.

Unfortunately, people often interpret these signs as happiness. Many also tend to think that it’s cute when a dog acts like this, and wind up unknowingly encouraging the behavior. Curb your dog's excitement and you'll be preventing misbehaviors in the future, including aggression.

An excited dog is not happy. A calm dog is. Here are six steps to take to get your dog from being constantly over-excited to be calm, submissive, and happy.

Training a dog to behave when guests visit

Have you ever loaned a favorite tool or item to a friend and when they return it, it is ruined? I hate to say it, but friends can also ruin all the training you do with your pup. Guests can overwhelm a puppy, they can frighten him, teach him bad habits, and even more, in doing this they can turn your pup into a dog that annoys you, even after the guests leave.

Student Question

Dog not playing nice

How do I stop my one year old pit bull from being so rough while playing with other dogs? He is a gentle dog but very strong and has drawn blood of another dog from simply playing. He likes to grab the saggy jowls of his boxer friend. He hasn't bitten people so far, however I would like to stop the biting altogether is that possible?

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