How to calm a hyperactive dog

How to calm a hyperactive dog

Calming techniques

Hyperactivity in dogs can be the result of poor nutrition, lack of exercise, lack of mental stimulation, disorders in the neurological system, or genetic. Calming a hyperactive dog means teaching the dog what calm feels like and even adding specific music and calming tools, such as collars, scents or touch and massage.

If dog is restless, pants heavily and easily, goes into bouts of tail chasing, fly biting or fool around behavior defined as the zoomies, or seems unfocused or frantic, these are signs of a hyperactive dog.

Hyperactivity may have a medical reason, but it is rare. Seratonin levels in hyperactive dogs may be low. Seratonin is manufactured in the body using the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in Thanksgiving turkey and is one reason humans may be sleepy after eating. Seratonin helps keep moods under control, decrease hyperactivity and promote healthy sleep patterns.


Step 1

Dog massage and touch techniques

Think of dog massage as a rub down, much the same as the rub down a horse gets from their groomer. It is to calm, to build seratonin levels, to decrease hyperactivity. There are several types of dog massage and touch. As a Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner, Tellington Touch is a favorite and a way to see immediate, calm, visual results. Other methods are Reiki and canine massage, especially a technique by Dr. Karen Overall’s protocol for relaxation. Add calming music, audio-biotechnology, specifically for dogs and you have a recipe for calming the hyperactive dog.

Step 2


Giving a dog proper daily exercise is important. The saying, "a tired dog is a happy dog" is close to the truth. Exercise should be tongue, hanging out contented, rapid breathing. To get this type of exercise means at least a half-hour of continuous aerobic exercise or one to two hours of an on-leash walk or jog depending on the dog’s breed requirements. You can use a treadmill indoors. Mental exercise is also necessary in the form of find-it, skill training, tricks, having a job, pushing a treat ball, working on doggy game activities or chasing a ball or frisbee.

Step 3


Nutritional requirements vary from dog to dog. Getting the proper amino acids, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids in the foods a dog eats often decides the nature of the dog. A dog lacking in nutrition they need may very well exhibit signs of hyperactivity. Dietary needs and how a dog is fed vary. Nutrition for the hyperactive dog should have correct daily allowances according to weight and not exceed energy requirements, or what can be used by the dog. As a dog matures nutritional needs change, so feeding a diet suitable for age and activity levels is vital. The hyperactive dog needs to have digestible, easily metabolized, quality ingredients. Food allergies can be a cause of hyperactivity and simply elimating grains, corn, soy, and dairy can do a lot to calm the hyperactive dog.

Step 4

Calming tools

There are products on the market to calm a hyperactive dog from calming ingredients in treat packages to calming collars and dap scent diffusers. There are sprays, such as Rescue Remedy for dogs, and over-the-counter calming tablets such as Pro-Quiet. as a last resort there are veterinarian prescribed medications such as Clomicalm and Prozac. Temporary use would be to simply help the dog calm down enough to be able to learn properly. There is also the use of a clicker as a training tool to calm the hyperactive canine by showing them what calm feels like and rewarding calm behavior. In addition there are anxiety wraps, calming caps and Tellington Touch calming bands and wraps.

Things Needed
✯ Clicker to mark calm behavior
✯ Rescue Remedy for dogs
✯ Toys and games for mental stimulation
✯ Music for dogs — audio-biotechnolgy
✯ Body wrap, t-shirt, calming cap or band or an anxiety wrap

Tips & Warnings
✯ Research proper nutritional requirements.
✯ Exercise at least 30-minutes aerobic or on-leash one to two hours daily.
✯ Apply Tellington Touch, Reiki or other canine massage to build seratonin levels.


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