How to Control Your Dog's Hyperactivity

Few veterinary or research studies have been done in the area of dog hyperactivity. While not precisely analogous, it may be helpful to undertsand the broader definition of hyperactivity, as set forth in human medical studies.

Hyperactivity is generally defined as a condition where one becomes excited easily. Intense emotional reactions are evident, coupled with a diminished attention span.

MedlinePlus in association with the U.S. National Library of Medicine and The National Institutes of Health (NIH), says that hyperactivity is a constant activity, being easily distracted, impulsiveness, inability to concentrate, aggressiveness, and similar behaviors.

In the human as well as the dog world, these “symptoms” may be due to a medical condition, such as a hearing or vision problem, or may be a natural personality characteristic.Hyperactivity in dogs manifests similar symptoms. You may observe your dog pacing constantly, chasing his tail, and panting accompanied by continual movement

Once you understand the cause of hyperactivity in your dog you can control this behavior.

If you observe any of the above traits in your dog, you should consult with your veterinarian. If a medical condition exists such as a thyroid problem, your veterinarian can prescribe a remedy to alleviate the condition.

Your vet can also tell you if hyperactivity in your dog is a product of his genetic family tree. Once you and your veterinarian have ruled out a medical cause for your dog's hyperactivity, you can then look to behavioral causes and controlling or stopping hyperactivity in your dog.

Tips to Control Your Dog's Non Medical Hyperactivity

The best way to alleviate and stop hyperactivity in your dog is to make sure that he gets sufficient exercise. You should make a point ot walk your dog at least 2 times a day, for at least 30 minutes each time.

Take your dog to a park and play a game of frisbee or fetch with him until he is tuckered out.

Teach you dog a few verbal commands such as “Down”. Show him repeatedly that you want him to lie down and relax upon command. Reward him with a treat when he does. He will get the message with repetition and associate a relaxed non hyper state with getting a treat.

Make an appointment with a dog trainer for a 1 on 1 session. The trainer will teach you techniques to control your dog's hyperactivity that you can use to alleviate this behavior with a little time and patience.

Sadly, many wonderful dogs are dumped at dog shelters or abandoned, because of hyperactivity. By spending a little time you can control your dog's hyperactivity and both you and your dog will march forward toward a peaceful, calm and happy life together.

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