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Dog Behavior - How to Deal With an Over-Boisterous Dog

What do we mean by 'over-boisterous'? Generally, owners use it to mean that their dog is more active than they would wish him to be. Teaching the right behaviors and rewarding calmness can help a great deal when living with an energetic dog. Channel his mental and physical energies into acceptable outlets through games, exercise and training.


Possible causes:


o This can be a natural behavior. Look at what your dog was bred to do. If he is a working type, then a high level of activity is normal and to be expected.
o It can be a sign of stress or confusion. If a dog is uncertain or does not understand what you want, it is likely that he will show a higher level of activity.


Prevention:


o Take care over your choice of dog. A working dog may
look appealing, but do you have the time and energy
necessary to look after it?
o Teach the right behavior from the beginning.
o Reward good behavior. Train yourself to notice when your dog is behaving well, including simply lying down quietly. Ensure that you give him an appropriate reward.
o Be a leader he wants to listen to.


What to do if problems have arisen:


o Follow the above points.
o What was your dog bred for? What do you want from him? If the answers to these two questions are different, look at what more you can give him to satisfy his needs.
o If boisterousness occurs in certain situations only, set up those situations to teach your dog what behavior you would like. For example, if your dog jumps up at visitors, ask a group of friends to call around, one at a time. Instruct them to ignore any jumping up, but to give lots of rewards (in the form of attention, treats and games) for keeping four feet on the floor. Sitting brings even bigger rewards. Ask each friend to leave after about ten minutes and call again immediately. This way, your dog is given clear messages about what behavior is rewarding.
o Be consistent. Ensure that all the family behaves in a similar way towards the dog.


This problem is especially seen in:


o Dogs bred to be active, eg working dogs.
o Dogs who are confused about what their owner wants.
o Dogs with owners who are unrealistic about how much exercise and stimulation their dog needs.


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