Now that you have brought your long-awaited puppy or dog home, you have found that he is driving you crazy. Is he running around like mad chasing his tail, barking like crazy whenever someone knocks at the door or is outside or to your horror chewing away at your favorite pair of shoes. If you are experiencing this, then it is probable that your puppy or dog is hyperactive.
What is important to know is whether your puppy or dog is just being over energetic or is suffering from a condition called true hyperactivity. True Hyperactivity is medical term for an uncommon condition where the dog has frantic behavior, restlessness, panting, and often chasing his tail until he collapses with exhaustion. If you think that your puppy or dog is suffering with this condition then it is advisable to see your vet.
What you may not have considered is that your puppy or dog is hyperactive because that is the characteristic of its breed. An example is a Collie, a herding dog, which has been bred to have lots of energy to carry out is work. This is why it is so important to check out the specific characteristics of different breeds before you choose one to suit your lifestyle.
It will be a challenge to train your hyperactive dog or puppy, and will take consistent work. Outlined below are some tips which may help you with this.
An over energetic dog requires plenty of excercise to wear him out. I recommend that you take your dog for long walks at least twice a day and play games such as frisbee, fetch and find. This not only gives your dog great exercise, but is a good way to keep you fit.
For excessive and inappropriate barking, you should command your dog to stop given in a stern voice. If he is barking because someone has rung your bell, and he just carries on barking even when you have commanded him to stop then you could try and pull him away from the door and give a correction such as a quick jerk on their collar. If your puppy or dog is outside and does not stop barking, you should command him to stop through the door and not open it if you are not ready to let him in. Try kicking the door from the inside if he does not stop barking. The idea is that the loud noise from the kick will startle your puppy or dog enough to stop barking.
To stop your puppy or dog from chewing your house to bits, it is a good idea to place your valuables out of reach. Choose some sturdy toys for your puppy or dog to play with. Play regularly with your dog with these toys in order for him to have positive associations so that he is more likely to play with them when left alone rather than chewing your possessions.
You may want to consider using a dog crate at times when you not able to interact with your puppy or dog. dogs like the comfort of a confined and defined space and this will act like a tranquillizer and quieten him down.
Finally, it is extremely important to remember to give a positive reinforcement for wanted behavior and negative reinforcement for unwanted behavior. I hope that you will now start to employ some or all of these techniques to train your hyperactive puppy or dog.
Visit my Training Your Puppy website to read more about hyperactive dogs and about how to solve other problems such as digging dogs.
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