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Last week we trained a very excited little 6 month mix breed puppy in Polis. His owners were in despair because he is a dog with a very high level of energy. That makes him become hyperactive and easily overexcited and it was too much for them to handle and they were afraid the problem couldn’t be controlled. So they did the right thing and hired a dog trainer to come to Polis and help them out.

Something that is important to think about when dealing with high energy dogs is to control your own mood and level of energy. If you are trying to calm down a dog, your state of mind has to be the complete opposite. Be calm, talk in a low voice, don’t do any sudden movements and get your puppy doing a lot of  “sit-waits” and “stays” before you move on with other commands and dog training.

PetSpot’s trainers teach you how to set the rules of the house, we don’t tell you whether or not your dog is allowed on the sofa or not. Instead we focus on teaching you as a dog owner (in Polis, Paphos or Limassol) how you teach your dog the rules you decide for them.

Another important aspect that is a key part to any sustainable training method is to be consistent in everything you do with your dog and when training them.

Our goal with this specific case is to train and prepare this very highly motivated puppy with basic obedience and move on to our advanced program. His owners will have a completely different life when we have completed the program we have for their four legged family member.

Remember, no dog is a lost case!

 

This beautiful mixed breed takes a break from training basic dog obedience in Limassol to sniff Petspot's camera.

Overexcited dogs most likely lack stimulation or are just plain bored, and there are different ways of correcting this. First off, ask yourself what role you play in your dog’s behaviour? Dogs will sense their owners energy and reflect back. If you are full of energy, stressed, worried, sad, nervous or anxious you will see a changed behaviour in your dog. If you come home and the first thing you do is get your dog excited over the fact that you are home by greeting and cuddling them, they will learn that overexcitement is acceptable because they are being rewarded for it. Ignore them for just a few minutes until they settle down, then give all the love and affection you want. A dog doesn’t understand hello and good bye the same way humans do. They understand attention and no attention. Attention while presenting bad behaviour=reinforcement of that very behaviour. Also make sure that when you intentionally get your dog excited – follow through! Don’t wind them up and then call it quits when you’ve had enough. Follow through with the “play-time” until it is out of your dog’s system. Hyperactivity in dogs can come from psychological needs as easily as it can from physical needs. Take them out for a walk or give them a task to preform. Giving your dog a mission can change their state of mind completely. You will notice a sense of pride when you put a little backpack with your water bottle for your dog to carry. The hyperactive behaviour will redirect from being unfocused or easily disrtacted into getting this job done! Remember that even though you take your dog out for a walk to get rid of built-up energy it’s not an excuse to pull or walk uncontrolled. They will still get tired by walking nicely next to you.