Hyperactivity and high energy levels are often common problems in certain dog breeds. Herding, hunting and sporting breeds such as Border Collies, Setters, Beagles, Siberian Huskys or Dalmations are naturally hyperactive and have been bred to have boundless energy so that they can perform their specific functions at optimum level. These dogs need to work off more energy by running, chasing after and catching things. On the other hand, puppies are often considered to be very active, playful and boisterous as are dogs like Labradors and Terriers if not trained properly. Hyperactivity may occur for a number of reasons...
Stress, separation anxiety, boredom, attention-seeking, thunderstorms, poor diet, or highly reactive dogs that respond to everything may contribute to hyperactive behaviour. Dog owners often find living with a hyperactive dog very challenging, frustrating and tiresome.
In order to reduce hyperactive behaviour, we have some useful tips to help you to calm your dog:
- Exercise your pooch regularly by taking him for a brisk walk at least twice a day. It is essential that you create a healthy, positive outlet for your dog to expend his energy. Go for run with your dog and in this way both of you will get a workout. Play games such as frisbee or fetch, or take him to a park or open field where you can unleash him and let him run wild. Remember to be careful of other dogs though. Take your dog or puppy to agility training where they can run courses, jump over obstacles and practice their flexibility. A good idea is to implement dog training and obedience work from a young age and continue doing this for short periods every day. Make an effort to be consistent and follow a fixed routine as dogs depend and thrive on structure in their life. Feed meals and take your canine friend for walks at set times.
- Check what you are feeding your dog as an unhealthy diet might also affect behaviour and temperament. A healthy, well balanced diet without preservatives, colouring or flavouring will make a significant difference to your dog’s behavioural levels. Provide your dog with a variety of interactive and chew toys to occupy and stimulate him with, when left alone.
- Use a calm and confident tone of voice when addressing your dog. Dogs pick up easily on our moods and our negativity, stress or anxiety can affect their energy. Incorporate herbal supplements such as chamomile, valerian, skullcap or lavender to soothe and calm your dog. Remember to praise and reward your dog with treats if he displays calm behaviour. If your dog’s hyperactivity fails to improve, consult your vet, animal behaviourist or a holistic professional for more advice.
- Use a natural remedy such as PetCalm to quickly calm hyperactive, anxious, stressed and highly strung pets. This remedy treats anxiety in pets or soothes those with nervous dispositions. It also helps to reduce anxiety and excitability in competitive events as well as during times of stress (moving house, new baby, visits to the vet,Halloween, fireworks, thunderstorms and other frightening occasions).