Have you ever thought to yourself, “I can’t wait until this dog calms down!”? Or maybe you are embarrassed by your dog’s behavior when you are walking, or your dog gets so over excited they can’t listen? Perhaps your dog barks, lunges, spins, nips, or ignores you near distractions? You might have an over aroused dog! We’re covering what that means and what you can do about your hyper dog to reduce anxiety for both of you and help your dog relax.
In the episode you'll hear:
- How to recognize over excitement in dogs and why any dog or puppy can appear to be out of control.
- About your dog’s emotions, physiology and adrenaline rush.
- How more exercise or no exercise might not be the answer to help your dog.
- The four responses to frustration that we all experience, including our dogs, and how we can change.
- How genetics, diet, age, experience, early training, type of training, and frustration response can create over the top dogs.
- The reason to lower the perceived excitement value in any situation for your dog.
- How we need to raise our dog’s responsiveness when excited, starting at home.
- About recognizing your dog’s round holes if they are a square peg and being fair.
- 10 steps you can take right now to help your hyper dog, including recognizing triggers.
- Why your role to help your dog means that you need to be calm and how to create anchors to achieve that.
- The reason to build yourself into your dog’s exercise, so it’s intentional, not mindless.
- Why clarity will create confidence and confidence will create calm for your dog.
Tasty Treat Recipes for Your Dog:
- Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training?
- Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions
- YouTube Video: Perch Work Pivots and Spins (Hot Zone)
- Home School the Dog
- Learn how to play ItsYerChoice (IYC)
- Podcast Episode 18: 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition
- Podcast Episode 11: The Power of Permission in Dog Training
- Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different
- Blog Post: How to Use the Distraction Intensity Index to Help Your Dog
- Podcast Episode 134: How To Teach A Dog Stay WITHOUT Luring, Collar Pops Or Using The Word “Stay”
- Podcast Episode 135: Test Your Dog’s Sit Stay Training
- Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube
As usual Susan has the best advice.❤️
I’m doing this with my puppy she goes crazy over water when I’m watering the plants, so I get her to search for treat and come back do sit or down, reward and pat her, it’s slow progress but we will be persistent, that calm behaviour is what we want.I’m going to do those 10 steps Susan advised 😊
I have a nine week old Australian Shepherd named Bear. When he is playing or wants to play he starts constantly barking and in an excited state. I know puppies are very active and excited, but I want to curb the incessant barking now while he is still young. I want to do this the right way, but I don’t know how. Can you please help me?
I have an almost 9 year old female Border Collie that is in Masters Preferred Agility. She is so over the top to get into the ring where she cries out and uses so much energy doing this while I remain calm throughout this and try to get to the ring just before it’s our turn. I have tried using food or toys but they don’t have her interest except getting into that ring. People that walk by comment “Oh she’s so excited” whereby I just smile and don’t even comment. She does have a start line stay which gives me the chance to get where I need to be. Is there anything I can try to get her to calm down even a notch.?
My 13-year-old Bichon’s trigger is the doorbell. Three years ago, doorbell rings were rare but our new home is quite different. Delivery people may ring the bell and leave and there are other occasions where there is noone at the door after the ring. (A knock does the same thing. If I anticipate the doorbell means a person is there, I cue him to “kennel up”, which he does barking all the way. I do lock the crate door as he is an overexuberant greeter. I am enrolled in Homeschool the Dog and we have done Say Yes and Recallers many years ago when there were not frequent doorbell rings. Have tried using a doorbell sound on my phone but that doesn’t trigger him. Hot Spot isn’t strong enough for the doorbell distraction so far. No one available in my senior community to ring the bell several times a day for training. Are there any technical devices that I could set up with my phone to simulate doorbell and/or knocking? Crate Games was the single best training I have done and we reenforce them regularly. Thx for these free podcasts.
I have watch/listened to as many episodes as possible in the short time I have had our puppy – but one thing that seems rarely mentioned is how to adapt some games, etc. to city living. We live on a busy street in Manhattan right near Central Park however both are very busy (definitely not an outdoor controlled environment) at prime walking (non-crate) times of day. Her focus is on every dog/person that is approaching and walks by! Thank you.
Hi we are just leaning agility he is nearly 5 he he get so excited he won’t come have or recall he runs and runs around 🐾
Hi we are leaning agility but he gets so excited he wound come back keep running around all over the place he loves it 🐾
An you do an episode on how to desensitize a dog to cats? My dog can’t seem to stop chasing my 2 cats and I have to keep them separated and have baby gates throughout the house to protect the cats.
Thank you! Great information, I will applying it right away. Can’t wait to dance my way in to sits. and downs.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Confirmation champion that can be totally calm on a table in a huge building of dogs and people, but cannot handle agility class with those fast, barking black and white ones. But he needs a sport and I believe that with work, he can do it
Working in Home School the Dog now, loving it. Much improvement and looking forward to more!
Thank you., Susan I’m experiencing over arousal (and possibly reactivity) with my 19 month old Aussie, and this podcast gives me lots of great ideas …
Beyond Awesome the knowledge you have assimilated Susan. Thank you for sharing and educating all of us K9 buddies