Does your dog jump on you so vigorously that it takes at least a few minutes before you are able to settle in when you arrive home? Is your dog so restless and active that it starts barking every time it hears the slightest noise behind the door? Is it difficult for you to take your dog for a walk, because it pulls on the leash, jumps and barks the moment you want to play?
If you answered “yes” to at least one of the above-mentioned questions, it means that your dog may suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Unfortunately, it’s no use trying to convince yourself that the dog will grow out of such behavior. Hyperactivity is not normal for any of the dog breeds and the animal diagnosed with ADHD should be taken care of as soon as possible.
In the majority of cases, the main reason of the dog’s extreme activity is too much built-up energy. If the owner doesn’t provide sufficient training for the animal, it won’t be able to let off steam and as a result will get even more excited and hyperactive. It’s very possible that such an animal will constantly search for the opportunity to get involved in some sort of activity and will demand the owner’s attention all the time. Sometimes such a huge amount of energy has been suppressed in the dog for months or even years and it takes a lot of time to get rid of that.
The best way to do so is to get your dog tired. Take it for a long, hourly walk and try to ride a bike or roller blade at the same time. This will give the dog the exercise it needs so badly and will teach it to follow the owner, not the other way round. It is the owner who chooses the route and decides when it’s time to stop. It is also the owner, being the leader of the group, who teaches the dog not to act up when passing by another person or other animals. It is a great way to spend time together while helping your dog get rid of the surplus of energy level.
When working on improving the dog’s behavior it’s good to make use of its natural instincts. Try to combine teaching with fun, agility training, searching for objects or people. Training overactive dogs can be long and tiresome process, but sometimes you can see the effects after the first day.