Running around the yard hyper, getting so excited when you throw him his toy that he runs into things and sometimes even collides with other people, as he only has eyes on that toy! You can exercise him for hours out and about while he chases birds, bee’s and pretty much anything that moves only to come home to him barking and jumping on you for more, more, more….You continually think to yourself, will he ever tirer?
If the above sounds like your crazy but lovable pooch, don’t fret; here are some helpful tips. Practice the below tips and you will be well on your way to having a more controllable, energetic, fun loving pooch.
Not just exercise but exercise with structure. Try sticking to a routine of at least 20-30 mins of walking or running before and after you finish work. Keeping him in a routine is so important to give him stability and confidence and also helps to relieve stress if he can predict what the day will bring.
If you can’t go for a walk/run, then play is just as good. But remember, stick to the routine. Play hide and seek with him, throw a ball or a Frisbee.
While physical exercise is important, mental stimulation is equally as important. You have to switch your thinking from getting frustrated when he is not doing what you want, to rewarding him when he is doing the right thing. For example: ask your pooch to sit, and when he does this let him know he has done the right thing with a word ‘yes’, then throw his toy and give him a command to fetch it. He will soon learn that sitting will get him what he wants.
Food Puzzle Toys
These will keep his mind active and keep him from destroying other things around the home and yard. There are various kinds of food puzzles available or you can even make your own.
If your dog loves to dig then give him his own sand pit where he is allowed to dig. Bury a bone or some treats in it; these will then reward him for playing in it when he finds them. Fence off other garden areas that are off limits to digging.Encourage calm behavior – When your pooch is calm and laying down, in a very quiet voice without touching him, (you don’t want to stimulate them into jumping up and getting excited again), whisper ‘good dog’. The more they get rewarded for calm behavior the more they will want to please you with it.
Encourage Calm Behavior
When your pooch is calm and laying down, in a very quiet voice without touching him, (you don’t want to stimulate them into jumping up and getting excited again), whisper ‘good dog’. The more they get rewarded for calm behavior the more they will want to please you with it. Teach your pooch to relax -High energy dogs can’t switch off or relax on their own so they need a bit of help and guidance from you. Some high energy
Teach Your Pooch to Relax
High energy dogs can’t switch off or relax on their own so they need a bit of help and guidance from you. Some high energy dogs, may suffer from FOMO (Fear of missing out), always sleeping with one eye open ready for play time.
Teaching your pooch to ‘Go to Bed’ is great for this. He will soon realize that ‘Go to Bed’ means it is time to settle down, chew a toy and maybe even have a little sleep (if you’re lucky). You need to make sure he knows this is a safe place where good things happen (pats, massage, treats, and food). Make sure to never use his bed as a punishment! This will take a bit of time but when you teach him to ‘Go to Bed’ you will have a much calmer, obedient pooch on your hands!