Puppies are some of the best sources of joy to millions of individuals and families across the globe. When you adopt a new puppy, getting to know one another while working to properly train your new furry friend is a must to ensure your newly adopted pup is ready for a life of domestication. If you notice signs that your puppy is hyperactive and incapable of focusing or listening, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as you continue through the training process.
Begin Training as Early as Possible
Hyperactive puppies can be entertaining and a bundle of joy. However, when a puppy remains hyperactive without proper training, they are much more likely to bite or snap at others (even if they are not intending to do so in a malicious way).
When puppies are first learning how to socialize and communicate with their owners, they are more likely to bite in a playful manner. Stopping your puppy from biting or becoming too aggressive is essential to prevent more serious issues in the future as your puppy continues to mature.
Remain Calm While Disciplining Your Puppy
Puppies are extremely responsive to the type of energy they feel from those around them. Whenever you are disciplining your pup, remain calm and collected. Avoid yelling or getting angry with your puppy, especially as they are learning what not to chew and when to listen to you. Keep a calm, yet firm presence when scolding your puppy or correcting his behavior to prevent causing a rift between you and your furry friend.
Daily Exercise is Essential
Keeping dogs of any age indoors and cooped up is one of the biggest mistakes a dog owner can make. Ensuring your hyperactive puppy is getting enough exercise each day in the great outdoors is a must. Allow your puppy to have access to your backyard if it is fenced in. Take your pup on a walk at least once a day to familiarize him with your neighborhood and his surroundings. Visit a local park that allows dogs and small animals while keeping him on a leash at all times.
Providing your new dog with adequate exercise each day is a great way to wear him out while allowing him productive ways to get his energy out. Exercise is also beneficial for a dog’s mood, making it easier to train them once they have calmed and feel satisfied with the time they have had outside.
Create a Routine
Dogs and puppies alike both thrive with a routine in place. Allow your puppy outdoors at set times throughout the day to encourage them to behave while indoors while knnowing they still have more time to run and play outside. Routines are also beneficial while training your puppy and provide them with a sense of direction.
Provide Chew Toys
Hyperactive puppies have a tendency to find themselves in trouble by chewing shoes, furniture, and other personal belongings. While training the new addition to your family, provide them with chew toys including rubber bones and strong rope to encourage chewing and playing in the right spaces of your home. Training your puppy to play and chew with his designated toys helps prevent accidents from occurring elsewhere in the home. While training your puppy, use the toys and provide rewards such as belly rubs or organic and healthy treats designed just for puppies.
Consider the type of diet you are feeding your new puppy, especially if he has been diagnosed with clinical hyperactivity by a professional veterinarian. A proper diet is imperative for growing dogs and the ingredients included in your puppy’s food can have drastic effects on his or her behavior.
Consider the option to make your own food using whole and organic ingredients for your puppy or opt for a whole ingredient puppy food available at specialized pet stores. Not all dogs respond well to corn-based foods, which can lead to behavioral issues or even skin rashes and allergies.
Knowing how to identify a hyperactive puppy is imperative if you believe your dog may require additional or specialized training as they grow. With the right methods and techniques combined with enough effort, help train your hyperactive puppy to live a calm and obedient life in less time.
About the Author:
Lindsey Harper is the co-founder of the pet blog Avid Pup. Read more of her guides and tips by visiting the site.