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What Can You Give a Hyper Dog to Calm Down ASAP?

Dogs seem to possess limitless sources of energy.  This is especially true when they’re young puppies.

If you’re lucky, he’ll eventually grow out of this hyperactive phase.  Most dogs slow down and settle into a routine.

But not always.

If you have a dog whose energy level is off the charts, what can you give to help him calm down?

Helping a Hyperactive Dog Calm Down

If you’re like most pet parents, you’ve probably explored 1 or either of the following:

1.  Medication

It works.  Drugs and pharmaceuticals can make a raging elephant become docile.  So they’ll definitely help your energetic dog chill out.

But drugs are not really a fix:

  • They don’t address the underlying problem
  • You can’t use them indefinitely
  • You shouldn’t use them at all – unless your vet recommends it

2.  Restraints

Crates, gates, leashes, and other restraints are pretty popular amongst dog parents.  These also work.

But like medication, restraints aren’t a permanent fix.  And they don’t address the underlying issue (i.e. you have a crazy dog that can’t be controlled).  We only use restraints in special situations (like when guests come over).

For long-term success, we recommend the tips down below.

Tip 1 – Remove or Reduce Aggression Triggers

Some dogs are wild and crazy all the time.  And this tip won’t help you.

But if your puppy is like most, there are probably situations, locations, or people that get her overly excited.

For example, maybe she gets crazy whenever:

  • You’re out for a walk and encounter another dog
  • You have guests over and she can’t handle that many strangers
  • It’s almost meal time – and she knows it

Simple enough.  Just reduce (or even remove) these triggers as much as possible.  This won’t necessarily fix the problem, but it will help make your puppy’s aggression less frequent and more manageable.

1 common trigger that many pet parents overlook is diet – or more accurately – health.  Be sure to take your puppy in for regular checkups at the vet.  An aging or sick dog can get into all kinds of trouble.

Tip 2 – Tire Your Dog Out

If you have kids, you already understand the relationship between exercise and behavior.  By tiring children out with games, it becomes easier to manage them at home.

The same holds true for dogs.

Note that all dogs need exercise.  But some (retrievers, hunters, herders, terriers) need more physical activity than most.  This is why it’s so important that you pick the right breed and right dog for your circumstances.

Play with your dog.  Go for long walks.  Get all of that energy out and tire your puppy as much as possible.

Tip 3 – Training, Training, and More Training

Trigger reduction and exercise are not long-term solutions.  They merely help set the foundation.

Ultimately, you want to teach your dog what types of behavior are acceptable – and what types of behavior you won’t tolerate.  You accomplish this through regular, consistent, and frequent canine training.

This is the best way to reduce craziness in your puppy.

So if you’re really interested in what you can give a hyper dog to calm it down, check out our free and paid dog aggression training resources.

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