Do you have a hyperactive dog? Do you have a dog that constantly demands large hours of your time and throws a fit when she doesn't get her way? If you are busy cleaning the dishes or painting a copy of the Mona Lisa for art class, does she chew on your shoes or pee on your bed? Does your puppy go from adventure to adventure without stopping, and does she have trouble relaxing? If you answered yes to any of these, you may have a hyperactive dog.
Dealing with a hyperactive dog can be a very frustrating experience. As a good owner, you want to please your puppy, but this becomes difficult when she has issues settling down. Most hyperactive behavior can be caused by anxiety. Dogs think much differently from the way humans do, and sometimes the strangest things can make them uneasy. Also some dogs are genetically hotwired to be anxious and hyperactive as a survival mechanism. Lucky for you, there are several things you can do to help your hyperactive dog—chill out.
First, create a relaxing environment. Try to light some cool, pet-soothing aromatherapy candles to help calm down your hyperactive dog. Try one of the many candles, designed with your pet in mind, at the Dog Bowl.
An open pet crate for your dog to seek safety in is one way to help a hyperactive dog calm down. For a dog crate to work, you must first make sure that you crate train properly. See the The Dog Bowl's online guide to crate training for more information on the benefits of crate training and how to do it the right way.
The second thing you can do is to refrain from overreacting to your dog's hyperactive behavior. If your dog is doing something you don't want her to, and she is not listening to you, pick up your dog without responding to her in any way, and put her in her crate. Leave her there until she has settled down, wait an additional minute of complete silence, and then let her out, heaping on the praise and give her some tasty Dog Bowl treats. Repetition of this technique can help teach your dog you are in control, and you are a competent strong leader. She will feel much more relaxed and less anxious in your presence, and consequently be less hyperactive.
Another great anxiety aid to help calm down your hyperactive dog is Chill Spray Aromatherapy Spray (or drops), which will help mellow out your hyperactive dog. Just spray it a few times on your hyperactive dog's chest, massage it in, and soon the calming chillness will begin to take effect. Made with a select mixture of lavender, clary sage, green mandarin, and ylang ylang oils, and blended into a base of distilled water, organic aloe vera, and natural glycerin, the Chill Spray is guaranteed to help both you and your dog relax.
If this doesn’t solve your hyperactive dog issues, then seek the advice of a professional trainer.