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Controlling An Overly Excited Dog

Controlling your overly excited dog is really about controlling your feelings and emotions. Your personal energy (a.k.a. your emotional state), is easily transfers to the dog. Excitable dogs become even more excited if you use a high-pitched, excited voice. It is very important that you handle the energetic or over excited dog with calm, firm, leadership and speak to him in a calm, firm-toned voice. This will help to keep the dog more calm.

An example might include getting ready to go on a walk. Before you go for a walk, be sure to make the dog sit calmly while you attach the leash. If you have to battle him to attach a leash, it will only make things worse once the walk starts. 

To calm your dog command him to sit in a low but firm voice. If he doesn't sit, you can place him into a sit by gently pulling up on his collar or leash while putting light pressure on his bottom just in front of the tail. Hold him in place quietly, without anger or frustration. Do not make any unnecessary noise or movements until after he quits moving around and he remains sitting. When he settles down, you may quietly and calmly praise him. But remember that verbally praising may cause excitement. If that happens you may have to start all over again. Do not use physical contact as that will tend to excite him even more. 

Physical and mental stimulation can also be a great help in controlling an over excited dog. Playing with and walking your dog will help burn off energy, while one-on-one obedience training can be an effective outlet for the overly energetic dog. Obedience training teaches the dog to sit quietly and also requires him to concentrate. This uses up brain power and energy. Obedience training also gives you access to control his activity in the house. Teaching the "settle" command is a very effective way to to control excitement inside. When the dog becomes overly excited you can place him in a "settle". The "settle" time should be long enough for the dog to completely relax. Ten minutes will usually be enough. When the "settle" time has past, your dog will usually be more calm. If every time the dog gets overly excited you demand it to "settle", he will learn that he is to be calm when he is inside the house. 

Extremely  energetic or nervous dog should be given appropriate outlets to release the pent up energy. If you don't, you may be sorry. High energy and nervous dog's often resort in chewing to release energy. If your sofa happens to get in the way, you may be looking for a new one sooner then you were expecting to. It is important to evaluate your dog's energy level from time to time and then adjust it's lifestyle and exercise schedule accordingly. The first recommendation a pet owner often receives is to fence in the backyard for the dog. This usually is NOT enough. Overly energetic dogs need to walk or run in order to burn off energy. A large yard is useless if the dog does not use it to run. A better use may be to set up an agility course. Structured activities will burn more energy.



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