What do we mean by “too boisterous”? Generally, owners use it to indicate that their dog is more active than they would like him to be. Teaching the correct behaviors and rewarding calm can go a long way when living with an energetic dog. Channel your physical and mental energies into acceptable outlets through games, exercise, and training.

Possible causes:

o This can be a natural behavior. See what your dog was bred for. If it is of the working type, then it is normal and a high level of activity is to be expected.

o It can be a sign of stress or confusion. If a dog is unsure or does not understand what you want, they are likely to show a higher level of activity.

Prevention:

o Take care of your choice of dog. A working dog can

looks attractive but you have the time and energy

need to take care of it?

o Teach correct behavior from the beginning.

o Reward good behavior. Train yourself to notice when your dog is behaving well, even just lying quietly. Make sure to give him an appropriate reward.

o Be a leader who you want to listen to.

What to do if problems have arisen:

o Follow the previous points.

o What was your dog bred for? What do you want from him? If the answers to these two questions are different, see what else you can give to meet your needs.

o If the bustle occurs only in certain situations, set up those situations to teach your dog what behavior he would like. For example, if your dog jumps on visitors, ask a group of friends to call him, one at a time. Instruct them to ignore any jumping, but give plenty of rewards (in the form of attention, treats, and games) for keeping four feet on the ground. Sitting brings even greater rewards. Ask each friend to leave after about ten minutes and call back right away. In this way, your dog receives clear messages about what behavior is rewarding.

o Be consistent. Make sure the whole family behaves similarly around the dog.

This problem is especially seen in:

o Dogs bred to be active, for example working dogs.

o Dogs 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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