A dog with too much energy can be especially draining.
When you’re gone for a few hours a day and come home to a
dog that quite literally cannot sit still, the first
response is often anger. But, for a dog with too much
energy prone to excitement, anger is the last thing you
want to exhibit.
Many people attempt to understand what it is that
causes this level of excitement in their dogs. It’s hard
to pinpoint exactly where all the bouncy, barking
excitement comes from at times, but in other instances it
might be as simple as pure boredom.
Helping a Bored Dog
A bored dog needs one thing – attention. And that
attention should come in the form of as much exercise as
possible. Over 90% of the time, the biggest culprit here
is that the dog is being allowed to sit around at home and
not do much of anything.
That lack of action can quickly turn them into a lump
that will only make it harder for them to relax and enjoy
the rest of their day. But, how much exercise do they
It depends on the breed. Certain breeds like herding
dogs or working dogs (malamutes and huskies) will need a
LOT of exercise. We’re talking 2-3 hours a day of walking
or running to stimulate their desire to work.
Smaller dogs may not need as much exercise, but keep in
mind that some breeds like terriers are also bred for work
and will seemingly never run out of energy.
Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Sometimes, the over excitement is a simple matter of
anxiety related to you leaving and then coming back home.
To start with, stop rewarding your dog for this behaviour
when you return home. You’ll only make it worse in the
Instead of giving the dog extra attention when you come
home, ignore them and don’t allow them to jump on you.
When you have more time, start teaching them to stop
reacting so vehemently when you leave the house.
This can take a lot of time and patience. You’ll
basically be going out and in of the door for very short
periods of time, trying to stretch out the amount of time
they can last before you return each day. Combine this
with a good toy and their own space when you leave.
Calming a Rambunctious Dog
The easiest way to calm a dog that is too wound up,
assuming they are getting enough exercise, is to train
them. The amount of work that goes into thinking through
your commands can be extensive, pushing your dog’s mental
capabilities to the limit. Do that and they will often
slow quite a bit.
This starts with teaching your dog that you maintain
the lead role in your household. From there, however,
you’ll need to teach your dog simple tricks like sit,
wait, and be quiet.
The dog will focus so intently on remaining still that
they will quickly forget the source of their excitement
and reach a calm state that is much easier to control.
Not all dogs will calm down completely. Some breeds are
just more excitable than others and will always be a
little perkier. But, whenever a dog gets so excited that
it infringes upon your daily schedule and activities, the
odds are that the dog needs some kind of special attention
to help reduce that overabundance of energy.
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