How To Calm Down A Hyperactive Dog or Puppy

How To Calm Down A Hyperactive Puppy

If your puppy seems hyperactive, anxious or overly-excited, the problem is most likely to stem from boredom and a lack of stimulation. If you’ve read our guidelines about training your puppy, then you shouldn’t really have a problem with an overly-excited puppy.

However, if you do, you will have to assess the way you are interacting with your dog and the kind of activity your puppy is getting on a daily basis.

Here are some simple ways to get your dog calm again that you can try at home:

Ignoring Their Behavior When They’re In Hyperactive Mode

Your puppy seeks attention from you. By paying attention to your puppy when they’re having an outburst is the worst thing you can do, and reinforces the dog’s behavior that you’re trying to get rid of in the first place. By yelling at your dog or becoming animated will only make the dog more anxious.

Instead, ignore the puppy’s behavior when they’re having an outburst with no touching, no talking or yelling and no eye contact. By applying this simple technique, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your puppy will settle down.

Check Out What Energy You’re Displaying To Your Puppy

calming down a hyperactive puppyAfter having your puppy for some time, you may not realise that your dog is your own emotional mirror. For example, any energy that you project to your dog, they will reflect back. Are you in a calm, assertive state of mind when you see your dog like a positive role model? Or are you stressing out over a tough work week or argument with a friend or family member?

When you display negative energy towards your dog such as outbursts of anger, anxious body language or tones of voice, this can have a dire effect of the energy you portray to your beloved pet. Don’t scold him when he plays up, instead display positive energy and stay in tune with yourself.

Check Out Aromatherapy & Other Holistic Approaches

aromatherapy for dogsYour dog’s senses are primarily governed by one thing; their noses. The smell of Lavender has been taught to calm the moods of humans, so why not try it with your puppy, too! A soothing smell can also have a very calming effect on your dog.

If you’re still having problems, try speaking to your veterinarian or consult a holistic professional and find out what smells may work to calm your dog. You’ll be surprised if you have a hectic lifestyle, how rewarding aromatherapy may be for yourself and your family, too!


 

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