Hyperactive dog: how to soothe him?

Owning a hyperactive dog is no picnic. At any moment the animal becomes unpredictable and it is impossible to hold on. This crazy dog actually suffers from a developmental disorder. Let's take a look at its main cause, its main manifestations and the attitude to take to calm a hyperactive dog.

Hyperactive dog: how to soothe him?

Hyperactivity in dogs: the cause
In puppies, hyperactivity is normal. However, it stops spontaneously after a few months. On the other hand, it is no longer normal when this hyperactivity continues in an adult dog. The animal then presents a very unstable emotional state.

Hyperactivity affects dogs:

  • Whose mother died when they were entering their 4th week,
  • Who were weaned too early and/or physically separated from their mothers also during the 4th week.

It can also occur if the dog has been raised by an immature mother.

The 4th week is crucial for a puppy. It is at this very precise moment that he discovers play with his brothers and sisters. When their mother is present, she regulates all interactions between her puppies, born from the same litter. This is the moment of learning the inhibited bite. The bitch therefore teaches her puppies to control the strength of their jaws. This is how, afterwards, a dog that has spent this period in excellent conditions will know how to bite while playing but without hurting.

The absence of a mother in the puppy at this precise time is an extremely important traumatism which necessarily leaves indelible traces and which we find later on in the animal's behaviour.

How does hyperactivity manifest itself in dogs?
The main manifestations of canine hyperactivity are easily detected in the animal's behaviour.

  • Reacts instantly to any type of stimulus,
  • Eat very quickly,
  • Is constantly on the move,
  • Multiplies the effusive attitudes,
  • Bark as soon as he hears the slightest noise,
  • Unlimited activities, including during the night,
  • Plays in a totally uncontrolled manner,
  • Very rarely rests,
  • Constantly disobeying,
  • Is unable to control himself since by playing he can injure by biting.

At the slightest doubt, do not wait to consult the veterinarian.

Attitude to stand up to a hyperactive dog
The master must always be very consistent with his animal. As soon as the dog bites, the owner must make sure that he does not do it again. In other words, the dog must integrate the fact that chewing a person or an animal, even while playing, is absolutely forbidden. Beware, never leave a child alone with a hyperactive dog.

This type of dog must be perfectly attuned to everyday life. But in order to try to train it, you must not shout at it or force it by force. Neither should one play ball or ball games or other throwing games of any kind.

Best solutions to soothe a hyperactive dog
Indifference works very well. The master must turn his back on his dog to let him know that he has decided to ignore him. Thus, one should not look at him, talk to him, touch him.

Abrupt gestures are to be proscribed. Adopting a calm attitude can have the effect of calming (moderately) a hyperactive dog. This animal also needs a routine to be a little calmer, such as always eating or going out at the same times, taking the same route when going out on the leash, etc.

Whenever possible, we should try to tire the dog so that he is calmer. To do this, it is necessary that the dog is able to spend a lot of energy playing games, targeted runs, and teaching him to stop running or playing when his master tells him to. Firmness is required in both behaviour and voice. Of course, it is important to know the difference between giving a firm order and shouting.

There is still the drug solution. Some psychotropic drugs are prescribed to hyperactive dogs when owners can no longer control them. It is also possible to use pheromones that have an anti-stress effect.

It is imperative that the hyperactive dog be monitored by a veterinarian. He also needs to be seen regularly by a dog trainer and kept by a self-confident master who plays the role of dominant. However, it is common for owners of hyperactive dogs to fail and even end up fearing their animal. Under these conditions, it is better to take the decision to place him in a foster family without children.

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