Do you have a hyperactive dog? If so, you know how difficult it can be to keep them calm around guests. Most dogs love the excitement of meeting new people, but for some dogs this can lead to jumping and excessive energy. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to keep your dog calm and under control when guests are over. By following these tips, you can ensure that your dog doesn’t bother your guests and makes everyone feel comfortable in your home.
You have to stay calm
You are the pack leader and your dog looks to you for guidance. If you are tense and anxious, your dog will sense this and it will only aggravate their excitement. Take some deep breaths and try to relax. You may even want to close your eyes for a few seconds and imagine yourself in a calm, serene place.
Distracting your dog
Is a great way to keep them calm around guests. When you see that your dog is starting to get too excited, try to distract them with a toy or treat. This will help to redirect their energy and focus them on something else. If you have a guest that your dog is particularly excited about, you can ask them to give your dog a treat or pet them. This will help your dog to associate the guest with something positive and calm them down.
Fix your dog’s greeting behavior
When guests come over, it’s important that your dog knows how to greet them properly. This means no jumping, excessive barking, or getting too close for comfort. Instead, teach your dog to sit and stay when guests come in. This will help keep them calm and under control.
Making your dog stay calm after greeting
Dogs are social creatures and love to meet new people, but sometimes they can get too excited. When you have guests over, make sure your dog is calm before allowing them to approach. You can do this by keeping your dog on a leash or in another room until they have settled down. If your dog is already calm when your guests arrive, then you can let them greet each other. However, if your dog is still too excited, you may need to keep them away from the guests until they have calmed down.
Provide plenty of exercise
A tired dog is a calm dog. Before guests come over, make sure to give your dog plenty of exercise. This will help tire them out and make them more likely to take a nap while guests are over.
Away from action
Another tip is to keep your dog away from the action. If you have guests over, make sure your dog is in another room or in their crate. This will help to calm them down and prevent them from getting too excited. You can also try putting on some calming music for your dog. There are many CDs and online videos specifically designed for dogs that can help to soothe and relax them.
If you have tried these tips and your dog is still too hyper, you may need to consult with a professional trainer. They can help you to identify the root of the problem and come up with a customized training plan for your dog. With patience and consistency, you can get your hyperactive dog under control and make them the perfect houseguest.