Last Updated on September 6, 2023 by Dr. Alisha Barnes

My dog is too hyperactive—what should I do?

Have you noticed that your furry friend is too hyperactive? Whether you spend all day with your dog, or you see them after working hours and on weekends, you may have realized that your dog has a tendency toward being highly energetic. Let’s explore some of the reasons why your dog may be exhibiting high amounts of energy, as well as possible solutions that could aid in helping your pup develop a more calm and relaxed demeanor.

#1. Not enough use of energy during the day

If you realize that your dog is primarily hyperactive upon your returning home from work or being gone for the day, it is entirely possible that your pup is not using enough energy while you are gone. Some breeds of dogs, and most young dogs, require stimulation and the use of energy throughout the day to ensure that they are being properly engaged. Depending on the breed and age of your dog, you may need to invest several more hours of focused attention on your dog. This way, they will be more calm and relaxed throughout the day, without needing to hound you for attention (no pun intended!) when you return home.

#2. Nervousness or anxiety

Is it possible that your dog may be nervous or anxious? Oftentimes, hyperactivity (especially if not accompanied by a wagging tail) can indicate that your dog is experiencing some nervousness or anxiety. Examine your dog’s space to learn what could be contributing to their nervousness or anxiety. Observe your dog’s behavior when you’re present to see if there is a specific trigger that could be causing your dog to become worked up.

For some dogs, separation anxiety is a trait that can create hyperactivity when you are present. For others, there may be a person, sound, or sensation in a space that causes them to display nervous or anxious energy.

Look out for signs of anxiety in your pup. Gauge whether they behave hyperactive when you first see them after a period of separation, or whether they’re constantly hyperactive. Consider visiting a veterinarian for a professional diagnosis if their anxiety seems to be severe.

#3. In pain or discomfort

Some dog breeds and personalities become more active when they are in pain or discomfort. This may look like scooting frantically around the room, yelping or acting as if they’ve suddenly been touched, or not allowing themselves to be pet. If this occurs, seek medical attention for your pooch from a veterinarian to rule out the possibility of any injury.

#4. Excited environment

Is your environment highly exciting? If there are other pets or children present, it is common for specific breeds of dogs (as well as young dogs) to become easily excited. They may run around their space, attempt to engage with other animals, or simply act extremely hyperactive with no apparent cause. The scattering of your dog’s attention and energy can best be reclaimed through regular training, which will help your dog to focus and be more attentive to commands. Training will also help your dog to become responsive to you, helping them to emulate your moods.

Improving your dog’s overall quality of life through chiropractic care

Whether your dog is hyperactive due to any of the reasons listed above, providing your pup with expert care is an essential part of maintaining their well-being and helping them to be as balanced as they can be. For this reason, chiropractic care is considered a well-rounded, all around form of treatment to help boost your pup’s agility, mental function, and energy.

Sometimes, a boost of energy doesn’t mean an increase in hyperactivity. In humans, chiropractic care has been reported to increase mental clarity, focus, and cognition (thinking). Similarly, pet owners report a regulating effect on their pet’s behavior following chiropractic care. This regulating effect can actually help to calm and soothe dogs that are struggling with hyperactivity.

What to expect at your dog’s first appointment

When you take your dog to Tails Animal Chiropractic Care (serving Fort Collins, Windsor, Boulder, and Broomfield, CO), your pup will be treated with the utmost care and individualized attention. We take pride in our thorough and comprehensive examinations, as well as attention to your pup’s medical history and overall well-being.

If you’re ready to treat your pup to the best chiropractic care available, book your appointment today.

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