Ok Odie, settle down! What makes a dog hyperactive? Why do they get this way? Most dogs that are hyper, are not getting enough exercise. A lot of people think if they leave their dog in the back yard for a period of time, that it will get plenty of exercise and won’t need to be walked. They are often surprised to find out that infact, their dog is hyperactive when they are around them. The dog is happy to see the owner and goes crazy.
Dogs require, and I don’t care what breed you have, a nice 30 to 45 miniute walk everyday, at least. If you practice this, you will find that it will solve some of, if not all of, your dogs behavior problems. Dogs need to walk to be happy and fulfilled. Fish were made to swim, birds were made to fly, and dogs were made to walk. If your dog is just left in the back yard, or house, and doesn’t get a regular walk, he/she will become hyper and destructive in some way. Some dogs will escape the back yard and run away, others will dig and chew, others may just become depressed and lay around. Whatever the case, a dog that is not properly exercised, is not a happy dog. Health problems can actually come about because of not getting enough exercise as well.
A big back yard is not adequate for a dog to get proper exercise. To them it’s just a big kennel. Dogs are adventerous, courageous, and they are risk takers.. most of the time. Most importantly, they are curious about the world around them. If you do not take them on a walk around the neighborhood or park, they may find ways to go on their own! Dogs have needs like people do.
Please, I beg of you, do not think it is okay to adopt a dog just to chain him up in the yard. Dogs do not deserve this kind of treatment. If you have to tie your dog up, please make it for a short amount of time, and make sure that your dogs collar is not too tight. You should be able to slide two fingers under the collar. If you can’t, it is way too tight. I have seen too many instances of collars embedded in the necks of dogs because of careless owners. Please do not be one of these people. That said, hyper dogs are not fulfilled dogs. Sure, after being tied up for long periods of time they may give up, but they are not happy.
Some breeds are bred with high energy levels. This means that they need to stay acitive to be satisfied. Dogs such as Border Collies, Austrailian Shepherds, and Collies need a job or activity to keep them busy. These breeds are smart and can get into trouble easily if they get bored. A high energy dog with behavior problems, is not a good mix. The breeds listed above are often used in agility competitions because they are so full of energy. This enables them to use their unlimited energy in a positive way, making them less likely to have behavior problems.
So remember, if your dog is hyper active, take him/her on a walk every day. If one walk doesn’t do it, then try two. Make them 30 to 45 miniutes a piece, and I’m sure you’ll see your dog less hyper, and happier. I promise that if you hire a dog trainer to come to your home to solve a behavior problem, he/she will tell you to walk your dog more often to start, and a lot of the time, that may be all it takes.