How to calm an overexcited and restless dog?

How to calm an overexcited and restless dog?


    Is your doggy getting restless and you don't know what to do to calm him down? Just like us, dogs have their mood swings and can sometimes become agitated. Carrefour Assurance gives you its advice on how to control this excess of energy and learn how to calm your dog in his turbulent moments.

    Our advices for calming a nervous dog

    It's well known that dogs are very active animals. While we love them for their affection and boundless energy, there are times when they can go over the edge and become difficult to control. Here are some simple ways to control your pet's excitement.

    Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise

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    Physical exercise and mental stimulation are excellent ways to calm a restless dog. After all, your pooch is probably getting upset because he's full of energy! Whether it's a walk in the woods, a game of fetch, training exercises or a morning jog, you're spoiled for choice! The important thing is to allow your dog to expend and tire himself to channel his energy, especially if he is young. Be careful: during your playtime, don't let your dog take over, as this could upset him even more. Take advantage of these moments of complicity to show your pet that he must obey you, but always with kindness!  

    Get your dog to obey gently but firmly

    Does your dog not follow simple commands like "sit" or "down"? If your dog is very young or you have just adopted him, this is normal. It's important to teach him to obey so that you don't get overwhelmed. Never be aggressive, but firm. A simple "no" is more effective than a series of shouts, which could make him even more angry. Avoid sudden movements and don't let your dog chew or bark at you. Remember, you have to lead by example! If you stay calm, your faithful companion will tend to follow your lead and calm down.

    To make sure that you and your dog have a good time together, here are the essential rules for living at home with your dog.

    React at the right time

    If your dog starts to get upset, don't hesitate to put some distance between you and him. Use the two-step positive reinforcement method. When your dog gets upset, firmly tell him to calm down with a "sit" or "stay" and then ignore him. If he stops and calms down, reward him and pet him gently. If he starts to fuss again, leave him alone, and so on. Continue this method regularly in all circumstances (at home, in the car or on outings). With patience and determination, your dog will eventually learn to stay calm.

    Don't hesitate to get help!

    If, despite your best efforts, your little terror continues to act up, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Start by asking your veterinarian for advice to make sure your dog doesn't have a health problem that makes him more unruly than average. If you are having trouble calming your dog, don't be discouraged.

    Many organizations exist to help you improve your relationship with your pet. Don't hesitate to ask around to find clubs, specialized associations or dog behaviorists near you. They will be able to help you build a lasting relationship based on respect, trust and affection! 

    Find the cause of your dog's excitement

    If your dog is very frequently unruly, ask yourself what is causing this behavior. Some behavioral or educational problems may be the reason for the unruly behavior (anxiety, stress, lack of basic training). It can also be due to certain pathologies (depression, thyroid problem, or the HS-HA Hypersensitivity - Hyperactivity syndrome). Consult your veterinarian as soon as possible to identify the cause(s) of this excessive activity in order to offer your pet the right remedy.