If your dog often behaves overexcited – twirling, jumping, and barking – this is a sign of hyperreactivity. Some people may find this behavior amusing (so what if your dog is very happy?), but it’s not normal or healthy.
In this article, I will tell you how to calm down a puppy. You should help your puppy to cope with excessive excitement and excessive energy, rather than encouraging this behavior. Otherwise, it can cause other behavioral problems, including aggression or disobedience.
- How to know if your puppy is hyperactive
- 5 steps to calm down a puppy
- What can you give a hyper dog to calm it down
- Auxiliary devices for dog training
- Conclusions – how to calm an overstimulated dog
How to know if your puppy is hyperactive
In general, puppies in their first year of life are more energetic and playful, just like babies. But in some circumstances, puppies can become over-excited. This can happen during playtime or when you come home after a long absence. At such times, your pet starts jumping, twirling, barking, and biting, expressing his emotions.
Also called hyperactive are puppies who act like crazy all the time until they fall asleep. This kind of behavior is often seen in herding and hunting dogs, which are characterized by their energy.
When do puppies calm down? Of course, as the puppy grows, it becomes more balanced. This can happen between 18 and 24 months, everything is individual. But there is one condition - you have to help it. To do that, use the tips in this article.
5 steps to calm down a puppy
Step 1: Ignore your puppy when it is overexcited
The first thing you need to do is to help your hyper puppy calm down, that is to respond appropriately to this behavior. The appropriate solution is to ignore your hyper puppy and not encourage it in any way.
You should not look at your dog, talk to it, or show any other attention, otherwise the dog will consider it a reward for its behavior and things will continue.
The dog owner provokes hyperactive behavior in his puppy when he encourages excitement.
Step 2: Show your attention and love for your fur baby when it is quiet
You can even use treats as encouragement. If you stick to these rules, over time the dog will realize that when it acts too excited, it is ignored and calm behavior is rewarded. Then its behavior will change.
Step 3: Provide plenty of physical and mental exercise for your puppy
Free enough time for walks so your dog can not only go to pee, but also do its doggy business of running and exploring around. Play and exercise with your dog. I suggest buying mental stimulation games, like puzzles:
Also, have chew toys in the house. Offer your puppy such a toy when it gets crazy.
Determine the optimal amount of exercise for your dog based on its age and breed. This way your pet will use up the energy it has accumulated. But remember, if your puppy becomes agitated during these activities, you need to stop everything and ignore it.
You should have a clear routine, then your puppy will be calmer. If you work a lot and can’t exercise your dog for long periods of time, you should consider a doggie daycare.
Step 4. Teach your dog new commands
Basic commands not only help stimulate mental activity but also help calm your puppy down in certain situations. For example, you can learn the commands “Look,” “Watch me,” “Sit,” or “Place” and then use them when your dog gets anxious.
You can also try the bed or crate method of training. Then at your command, the puppy will settle into its bed and this will calm it down. More about this method is explained in the video:
You might consider specially designed calming dog beds or crates.
Step 5: Be calm
Your behavior also affects your dog. If you often yell at your dog and are nervous, it will add to its anxiety. Words, gestures, and touches are enough to teach your dog to obey your commands and understand you. Yelling is only appropriate when your pet is in danger and you need to stop it.
What can you give a hyper dog to calm it down
To help hyper puppies, you can use a variety of calming products:
- A diffuser with scented oils that have a calming effect. These are oils such as lavender, chamomile, orange, lemon, sandalwood.
- Soothing diffuser or collar with pheromones. These products use the pheromones secreted by the mother dog to soothe her pups.
- Calming treats with herbs and vitamins. There are also treats with medicines, but they should be purchased by veterinarian prescription.
How to calm a dog down before bed? Read about it in my article about dogs with separation anxiety at night.
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Auxiliary devices for dog training
If you can’t handle your hyperactive puppy at all, then you can try using auxiliary devices like training collars or ultrasound devices.
I recently found the OnGuard dog trainer from GoodLife. It works by ultrasound. When the dog behaves badly, you activate the device, the ultrasound goes on, and the dog hears this unpleasant sound and calms down. But be sure to also give the command with your voice and gestures. Then your training will be effective.
Please note that OnGuard can be used for dogs over 1 year old.
Conclusions – how to calm an overstimulated dog
Continue to train your puppy with patience and using positive reinforcement. Don’t encourage hyperactive behavior, engage in physical activities and games. Then over time your puppy will stop acting crazy.