Some breeds of dog may be predisposed to excitability, while others just have that kind of personality! Excitable dogs can be difficult to control, and while some find it amusing to watch their pet act crazy and run around like its tail is on fire, too much excitableness can frighten others and cause your pet to get into dangerous situations.
When is your dog too excited?
If your pets’ behaviour is excitable, uncontrollable and unpredictable, then it has become a problem and should be addressed right away. You should always be able to control your dog and when they have excess energy that leads to excitement, the control can quickly slip out of your hands.
What is causing your dogs’ excitement?
In many cases, excitable behaviour is down to attention seeking; your pet wants your undivided attention and acting a little crazy often causes pet owners to direct their attention solely on the dog, giving them exactly what they are looking for. However, this often serves only to increase their levels of excitement and sends them the clear message that they can act in such a way and get what they want. Patience and ignoring your pet, is the quickest way to get them to calm down, but you must be consistent.
What is the best solution to an over excitable pet?
Getting your pet to sit down and remain calm is the best solution when they are over excited, and avoiding eye contact is advisable, too. This gives them the chance to stay still and let their brains kick into action. They will quickly learn what you want from them, and that their behaviour is not going to get them what they want from you, which is your undivided attention.
However, if getting your pet to sit and stay calm while they are off the leash is too much of an ask, try leashing them and that way you can better control them. Place them in a sit position and keep returning them to it if they move; you must be consistent, and you must keep your cool! Soon, your dog will become bored and learn that sitting quietly works better than being a rascal.
Once your dog is calm and settled, then you can work on other calming exercises that will reduce their excitement levels and make them more obedient, such as heel training.
For more details on specific training techniques, you can get in touch with a local dog trainer or pet therapist.
In conclusion, the importance of patience and a willingness to change your dog’s behaviour are paramount, and precious little will be achieved without both. Follow through with each request given to your pet and repeat it until it is no longer a struggle for you and your pooch! Dedication to helping your pet remain as calm as possible, will get you positive results for sure, and the best part is that you’ll both be happier for it.