Features March 2018 Issue

Training an Over-Aroused Dog

Indy is a beautiful dog, but his behavior started out as energetic and anxious and progressed rapidly to downright dangerous.

Training an Over-Aroused Dog

Sometimes, trying to tire a hyperactive dog is the exact opposite of what he needs!

It’s true that dogs like Australian Shepherds, a breed commonly referred to as “high drive” and thought of as “needing to work,” enjoy hard exercise. But while I believe that every dog benefits from having a job, I think less work is better for these especially smart, active, and sensitive individuals, particularly in their first three years. In my opinion, it’s far more valuable to teach dogs like this to settle themselves, instead of trying to physically exhaust them. And forget about employing the “forced settle” method – an oxymoron that leaves the dog no choice in the matter and often exacerbates the dog’s so-called hyperactivity.

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