Dogs need an appropriate amount of exercise and activity to release their energy. Not providing your dog with a significant amount of activity can lead them to being hyperactive and cause trouble around your home (think – bye bye brand new sneakers). If your dog struggles with this issue, there are many ways to keep your hyperactive dog calm and to help him feel secure.
Get your dog out for a walk at least twice a day. Not only will stretching his legs out be good for his physical health, but walking around and seeing/smelling different things will help mentally stimulate him and keep him calmer when he’s at home during the day.
If no one is at home during the day, and you have no time to make it back home during the lunch hour, consider hiring a dog walker or sitter to help your dog through those long stretches of boredom.
Build a Routine
Dogs love to have a routine. Going for walks around the same time each day builds confidence and helps calm your dog’s nerves. A great way to do this is choose a scheduled time for daily walks. Eat your breakfast while your dog eats his and follow it up with a walk together. Repeat at dinner time!
Ignore the Hyper Behaviour
The more you focus on your dog’s hyper behaviour and encourage it, the more he will think that you are rewarding him. When your hyperactive dog is already getting excited, avoid talking to him in loud voices or further energizing him by playing with toys.
Balance it out
Make sure that your dog gets a balance of mental and physical stimulation. An hour long walk in the morning is great for your dog’s physical health, but it might leave him bored and restless by the time you get home from work. Teach him some tricks or give him some “smart toys” that help him test his brain.
Try out Aromatherapy
Sure, this method may seem “different”, but dogs react to calming scents just as much as humans do! Visit your favourite Ottawa pet store to find aromatherapy products to soothe your dog. Scents such as lavender can help to soothe a hyperactive dog.
If you need any more suggestions to calm your hyperactive dog, come into an Ottawa pet store like Masters ‘n Dogs and we’d be happy to help!