5 Tips to Control a Hyperactive Dog

5 Tips to Control a Hyperactive Dog

Last update: 17 April, 2018

A hyperactive dog obviously has too much energy. Therefore, before calling him destructive, disorderly or disobedient, you have to find a way to channel all that energy appropriately. Therefore, it is better to continue reading this article before someone diagnosis it of bieng sick and recommends medication to cover up the problem. This is pretty much the same thing some parents do with their hyperactive children.

Causes of Hyperactivity in Dogs

Although any dog can be hyperactive, some races are particularly equipped with large amounts of energy. It’s in their metabolism. That is why there are dogs used for activities such as:

Working dogs are born with lots of energy
  • Shepherding
  • Tracking
  • Hunting
  • Pulling sleds

Now imagine one of these dogs spending a good part of the day alone in a small apartment.  Anxiously waiting to go out for a walk and play. Isn’t it logical that it would release its energy on the first thing it finds, whether it be a shoe, or an armchair?

That is why it is important to choose a dog you can actually keep up with before adopting it into your family.  This will avoid unpleasant surprises and will keep you from thinking about giving it away or even worse, abandoning it.

If you have a hyperactive dog, you should look for ways to help it release its overflowing energy. Let us give you some alternatives for this matter.

Most Energetic Dog Breeds

Responsibility is the golden rule when you adopt or get a pet. Therefore, for yours and the animal’s sake, follow your heart and think about how much time you can dedicate to your dog.  What space do you have available, and how physically active you can be with your dog?

Keep in mind, the following breeds are known for having the most energy:

  • Dalmatians
  • Beagles
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Border Collies
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Boxers
  • Retrievers

We must also point out that issues such as the weather, some diseases, and nutrition can affect a dog’s hyperactivity. So ask a trustworthy veterinarian to clear all your doubts.

What to do if you have a hyperactive dog

Now, if a hyperactive dog is already part of your life, get to work so that all of it´s energy can be used in the best possible manner. Here are some tips:

1- Go on long walks

Don’t just take him out to do his business.  A long walk will leave both you and your dog feeling relaxed, clear-minded, and happy.

2- Games and more games

Play inside and outside the house, and play games that stimulate his sense of smell and intelligence. Or, play just for fun, like a game of fetch.

3-Train him – for example, agility training

It is a sport that allows him to run, jump, climb, have fun and most importantly burn his remaining energy.

4- Exercise with your dog

Go out and run. Or take your dog to a park where he can walk freely and interact with others.

5- Lots of toys

There are many alternatives. You can buy toys or make them yourself. They will keep him entertained and busy.

It’s not your dog’s fault, help him release its overflowing energy

Take your dog on nice long walks

If you don´t have the time or strength, ask a friend or family member to help you take care of your dog´s physical needs.  If you are financial capable, hire a good walker or enroll you dog at a school that offers competitive sports.

It is true a dog will be bored if it can´t properly release its overflowing energy . If you do not provide it the necessary stimulus, behavioral problems will begin.

 So remember, it’s not the dog´s fault. In today’s world your dog no longer pulls a sled or takes care of flocks.  Look for some alternative activities, because their energy is still there.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.