As a Petsitter , no two days are ever the same when caring for pets. For that matter, no two pet clients are the same. We love our furry companions and the different personalities we see everyday.
One side of a dog’s personality that can be a challenge to owners is the hyper dog. Many times, pet sitters are hired because the pet parent doesn’t know how to handle a hyper dog.
Happy Walk Happy Dog have several techniques that we use in the handling of hyper dogs. We are going to share them with you.
First if you want solutions to this challenge , the main thing you must do is assess your interaction with the dog and the type of activity the dog is getting everyday. Remember a dog ‘s hyper personality comes from boredom and no active stimulation. So these tips should help.
Ignore The Hyper Behavior
I know it’s difficult to ignore our pet babies . It sounds as if we are being cruel to them when all they want is our attention. The key is the more you pay attention to it, the more you are reinforcing the behavior. You don’t want to reinforce bad behavior. Only good behavior. So next time your dog is jumping or nipping at you in an overexcited way, give it a try — no touch, no talk, no eye contact — and see how you fare. You might be surprised how quickly the dog settles down.
Put The Dog To Work
Yes that’s right. Give your dog a job . It’s rewarding to him. A task helps your dog to focus. Hyperactivity in dogs comes from a psychological need as easily as it comes from physical need. By giving your dog a job to do, you are removing his hyperactive dog behavior and are redirecting his energy elsewhere. For instance, teaching him to catch a frisbee, will keep his attention on the frisbee instead of chasing the squirrel.
Exercise with Your Dog
One of the best ways to burn off energy is running. And if you don’t like running, walking will suffice.
What’s Your Energy Like?
Has anyone ever told you, after years of caring for your pet that the two of you look alike? There is truth to that. Dogs mirror their owners in so many ways. Energy is one of them. Are you in a calm assertive state of mind? Are you projecting a confident pack leader energy? Are you stressing out over an argument? Nervous or anxious moods can translate into nervous or anxious body language or tones of voice, and can affect the energy of your dog. So be the pack leader and stay in tune with your energy.
Aromatherapy: Smell Your Way To Peace
One of Happy Walk Happy Dog’s favorite ways to relax every night is burning a lavender candle. My pets and pets I care for overnight love it too. It always amazes me how one moment they are playing with each other to being relaxed and sleeping. Remember most of what a dog experiences is through smell. If you want to learn more on aroma therapy, consult your Holistic Veterinarian or another Holistic Professional.
If any of these tips work for you or if you have more alternatives. Please respond or shoot me an email and tell us your story.
Til Next Time…..