If you’re getting ready to go to bed and your dog is doing laps around the table, you may be wondering why your dog has so much energy.
It can be difficult to curb your pup’s excitability when you don’t know how to keep them calm.
There are many factors that influence your dog’s mood and energy levels, from training to diet.
Many owners think their dog is hyperactive, which is possible. But more often your pet is just lacking stimulation.
Let’s look at the most common variables affecting your dog’s energy levels, and what you can do as an owner to help them stay calm, cool, and collected.
For all of your animal behaviour questions and needs, and if you’re concerned about your dog’s health, consider contacting a Toronto veterinarian for more information on hyperactivity and beyond.
But in the meantime, let’s talk about dog hyperactivity and how you can help your dog stay calm.
Is Your Dog Hyperactive?
When your dog has more energy than you do, the question of hyperactivity may arise.
True hyperactivity in dogs is a possible condition, although it’s very rare.
The signs of a hyperactive dog include:
• Reactivity to everyday stimuli
• Very short attention span
• Inability to relax, even in the most comfortable and familiar of environments
• Elevated resting respiration and heart rate
If your dog shows these symptoms, consider talking to your vet. Their hyperactivity can manifest due to a thyroid issue, though this is incredibly rare.
The most likely scenario, though, is your dog is just not getting the stimulation they need.
Regular and sufficient mental, physical, and social stimulation is necessary for all pups to be at their best.
There are other factors to consider as well, including breed drive and diet that may be affecting your dog’s energy levels.
1. Train Your Dog
Often, it may feel like your dog is hyperactive when they’re jumping all over you or others, pulling on their leash, or barking incessantly.
However, these behaviours can often be due to a lack of training.
Teach your dog how to interact with you and communicate their needs. Reward them when they do it right. If they want food or to go outside, for example. This will help your dog feel calmer and more comfortable.
Impulse control is key when it comes to training your pup to ask for what they want.
If you train your dog to sit when they want food, exercise, or a treat, they will understand doing this gets them a reward.
2. Give Your Dog More Exercise
A big factor that influences your dog’s energy levels is physical activity and requirements. These differ depending on breed.
Some breeds of dogs (for example, dogs from the sporting groups) have a very high drive and need much more stimulation than other breeds.
If you notice your dog is still bouncing off the walls at the end of the day, that’s a pretty good sign they need more physical stimulation.
There are games easy for you to engage in and also help your dog burn some energy, such as fetch and tug.
Additionally, there are activities you can enroll your dog in, such as agility courses or lure coursing.
If your pup likes to run and explore in the company of other dogs, consider taking them to a nearby dog park.
3. Keep Your Dog’s Mind Stimulated
It can be easy to overlook the importance of mental stimulation, but it’s necessary for dogs of all breeds.
When your dog is lacking in mental exercise , they can get bored or restless and act out.
There are many ways you can engage with your furry friend’s brain — and you may be surprised by how quickly they tire out!
Clicker training and shaping games (which teach your dog to break down desired behaviours into parts, or steps) are an excellent challenge for your pup’s mind.
Even a simple task like teaching your dog a new trick can work their brain and be a great source of fun and activity.
There are many puzzle games that dispense treats out on the market today, and they are usually a big hit.
Additionally, games that involve your dog’s sense, such as “find it”, can be very fun and engaging for your dog.
Call Bickford Park Animal Hospital
It can be frustrating when you feel like your dog is way too excitable. There are ways, though, you can help your dog feel comfortable and calm.
Stimulation is important for your dog to feel and act their best.
For all your pet-related needs, contact us at Bickford Park Animal Hospital.
Our experienced veterinarian team would love to get to know you and your furry friend. We’ll answer any questions you may have about dog behaviour or well-being.
At Bickford Park Animal Hospital, we know and understand pets are family.
Whether your pup needs a check-up or you have a specific inquiry, we’d love to help.
Call us at Bickford Park Animal Hospital today.
Bickford Park Animal Hospital is a veterinary clinic in Toronto, located across from Christie Pits park, committed to the highest level of caring and treatment for cats and dogs.