Clarence: Hyperactive Dog Case Study – DC Dog Training Blog

Clarence: Hyperactive Dog Case Study – DC Dog Training Blog

For some, hyperactivity may not be a big problem. However, it is a behavioral issue that should be taken seriously! When people think of a hyperactive dog, they seem images of a dog running wildly throughout the house, or in circles all along the back yard perimeter. Hyperactivity can come in all forms: uncontrollable and excessive running, jumping, barking, destructive behavior (chewing, digging, and so forth), etc.

Like kids, hyperactivity in a dog can stem from boredom. Anxiety plays a large role in hyperactivity, as well. Some dog owners think just putting a dog outside in a big yard is good enough, where the dog will be allowed to run around and drain any excess energy. But there’s more to it than just giving the dog the space. The dog also needs structure, and also needs to be engaged, both physically and mentally.

While working with my colleague, a dog trainer in Oakland, we worked with a client of mine who came to me about her dog, Clarence. He is the sweetest dog ever, and overall has no behavioral issues, except for his hyperactivity. At home, Clarence is running around like maniac, jumping on the kids, and even with taking him to doggy daycare, he seems to have unlimited energy that cannot be controlled. 

After our initial consultation, we determined that Clarence’s scheduling was way off. From his meals, his exercise/walk times, and even potty breaks, Clarence’s routines were always inconsistent. Another issue was that while Clarence could run around at home in the yard, no one was actually playing with him, or mentally exercising him.

With training, we practiced obedience exercises with Clarence, and we also mentally stimulated him with some fun games, that prompted Clarence to be alert and to use that doggy brain of his. To bring down the anxiety levels, we revised his routines and schedule so that it was more consistent and fitting to everyone’s needs. This way, Clarence knew what to anticipate and could succeed more and more, rather than constantly failing or feeling on his own.

Exercise is very important with any dog breed, but do not forget that with physical exercise should be some mental exercise as well. Whether it be through training routines or with fun games of fetch, every dog should feel like he is being engaged by his family. Also, consistency is what brings success to a dog’s behavioral progress, whereas inconsistency is the key factor in causing anxiety and stress for a dog!

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