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Living With A Hyperactive Dog

Many pet parents may say that their dog is hyperactive due to the behavior that they are exhibiting. However, it may not be the case all the time as some dogs are just high-energy and get labeled as hyperactive. It is important to know if your dog is hyper or not so you can manage their behavior the right way. However, what exactly is a hyperactive dog, and what can you do to help them relax. Continue reading to learn more about our tips for calming a hyper dog.

What Classifies a Dog as Hyperactive?

At first, high-energy, and hyperactive dogs may seem the same and you may use these terms interchangeably. While they do exhibit some similar behaviors, the terms are used to describe different kinds of dogs.

What differs between these dogs is that a high energy dog can easily focus on a single task while a hyperactive dog may get distracted. What this means is that with some training, you can have a dog that will run wild at times, but understand when you want it to stop and listen to commands better. This makes high-energy dogs great for dog sports and hunting, but a hyperactive dog? Not so much. Check out this article to learn How to Safely Hunt with a Dog.

When it comes to hyperactive dogs, you can tell if yours falls into this category if they have a short attention span, are impulsive, destructive, emotionally unstable, and cannot handle being restrained such as being on a leash. Now if your dog does show some of these symptoms, or even all of them, do not label them as hyper but instead take them to a vet to get their diagnosis and recommended course of action.

Breeds More Commonly Hyperactive

While you don’t want to label your dog as hyper, it still is important to know that some breeds of dogs are more commonly hyper than others. Some breeds of dogs that are more commonly diagnosed as hyperactive are:

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Siberian Husky
  • Border Collie
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Jack Russel Terrier
  • Golden Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Dalmatian

Tips for Calming a Hyper Dog

Exercise

One way that you can help your hyperactive dog is to make sure they are getting enough exercise each day. You can do this by either taking them for walks each day or hire a dog walker to take care of this task for you while you are at work if you do not have the time to do so when you are home. Other ways you can ensure your little one is getting their exercise is playing with them in the backyard or setting up an obstacle course in your garage. If you don’t have much room to work with, you may want to consider just playing fetch with a rubber toy instead.

Kennel

If your dog has destructive behavior that you cannot control, it may be best to put them in a kennel. This is especially true if you are not home to watch them during the day. However, a kennel can be small, so if possible try placing them into a room where they do not feel completely isolated, have access to food and water, and a place to do their business, but cannot destroy anything.

Routine

In addition to ensuring that your pup is getting daily exercise and has a place where they cannot destroy anything, there is still more you can do. In fact, setting a daily routine of when you will feed, play, let out, and bath your dog can help them with their hyperactivity. This can help because your dog will know what to expect, and after some time, they will become accustomed to it, and may even become calmer as you try to wind them down for bed.

Training

If you have tried everything else and want to control your dog’s hyperactivity, you may want to consider getting them properly trained. What this means is enrolling them into obedience school so they can get the best training possible to ensure that they are able to control their hyperactivity.

Calming Supplements

Another thing that you can do is get your dog a calming supplement. Liquid Health K9 & Kitty Calmer is a great example of a supplement that is designed and formulated to help deal with hyperactive dogs and cats. In addition to that, it can come in handy on long trips with your pet. Check out this article to learn about some Tips for Traveling with Pets.

Conclusion

When it comes to calming a hyper dog, there is a lot to know in order to understand what to do. First off, you want to make sure that your dog is indeed a hyper dog as opposed to a high energy dog. Next, you want to try to alter their behavior and use a professional trainer if you have to. Lastly, be sure to give your pup some treats occasionally and to positively reinforce any good behavior.

Sources

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/5-tips-for-a-hyperactive-dog/
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/controlling-hyper-dog/
http://santamonicadog.org/how-to-deal-with-a-hyper-dog/

How Sleep Affects Your Dog

Sleep is something that everyone needs. Your little pup is also in need of a good night’s rest. But how often and for how long should they be sleeping? This question is asked often by many pet parents who are concerned that their little furball is sleeping too much. So, how much sleep is normal for a dog? Continue reading to learn more about how sleep affects your dog.

Sleep And Your Dog

How Much Sleep Does A Dog Need?

Unlike humans, dogs do not need a full 8 hours of sleep each night in order to function properly. In fact, a normal dog will spend around half of their day asleep, with a good portion of the time they are awake spent just lying down. The rest of the time is reserved for doing their business, playing with family, and eating their meals. However, your dog may be getting even more sleep than this. Puppies may sleep for up to 20 hours each day. This is normal for dogs of their age as they are still growing and developing.

When Do Dogs Sleep?

Even though a dog will sleep for around half of one day, this doesn’t mean that they will sleep for a consecutive 12 hours and at the same time each day. In fact, your dog will most likely sleep when you do, and when you are not around to play.

Sleep Cycle In Dogs

Just like humans, dogs go through sleep cycles. On average, a human takes 70 to 90 minutes to get into a deep sleep where dreaming occurs. However, in dogs, it only takes around 10 minutes for them to reach this state of sleep. You can tell when your dog is in this state if they are lightly barking, moving their eyes, twitching, or even running in their sleep. In addition to dogs being able to fall asleep more quickly, they also can be woken up easily. So don’t worry too much if you accidentally wake your pup when they are in the middle of one of their many napping sessions.

Is It Okay To Sleep With A Dog?

Many people claim that sleeping with their dog allows them to get better sleep. However, there are also people who claim that when they sleep with their dog, they cannot get enough sleep at night. So, what is the verdict on whether or not you should allow your dog to sleep with you in your bed? Well, it all comes down to you and your dog.

If your dog is well-behaved and mild-mannered, you may find comfort in sharing the bed with them. This can also increase your bond with your pup. However, if your pup is not as well behaved, and they sleep in the same spot in your bed each night, they may get defensive if you try to take back your space. In addition to that, you could possibly get sick of co-sleeping with your dog and making a change may cause behavioral issues. However, if you do not allow your dog under the covers, you can minimize the risk of this.

Ultimately, the decision comes down whether or not you think your dog will be disruptive to your sleep or not. If you experiment with their nighttime sleeping arrangements, you can better find what works best for you and your pup.

Tips To Help Your Dog Get Better Sleep

If you consistently set a routine for your dog to go to sleep for the night at a certain time, they’ll get on a consistent sleep schedule just like humans. Some examples of routines are taking them for a walk, and letting them out to do their business, and then putting them in their kennel or wherever they sleep.

Another thing to do that can do is make sure they are getting plenty of stimulation and exercise throughout the day. That way they are not up at night keeping you awake when they should be asleep.

The last thing you can do to help your dog get the rest they need is to routinely check with a vet on their health. It is recommended that you do this at least once a year, or every six months if your dog is older. That way, you can know that your pet is healthy.

Conclusion

When it comes to how sleep affects your dog, there is a lot to know. One thing to remember is that a dog will spend most of their day either asleep or lying down, so it is okay if they do this as it is normal behavior. However, if there is a sudden and significant change in your dog’s behavior whether it be them sleeping more or less, contact your veterinarian. Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn How To Handle Complaints About Your Dog.

Sources

https://careanimalrights.org/2019/06/what-you-need-to-know-about-your-dogs-sleep/
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/should-my-dog-sleep-with-me/
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/why-do-dogs-sleep-so-much/
https://www.sleep.org/articles/how-much-do-dogs-sleep/

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How To Handle Complaints About Your Dog

There may come a time when your neighbor has a complaint (or many) about your dog. Whether this is because they are barking excessively when you’re not around, being loud at night, or doing their business on your neighbor’s lawn, your neighbor has every right to ask for the situation to be handled. However, it may be hard to figure out how to solve these problems. So, how do you make sure that your dogs behavior is not straining neighborly relationships? Continue reading to learn all about properly handling complaints about your dog.

Handling Complaints About Your Dog

Listen To The Complaint

The first thing that you should do when you receive a complaint about your dog is to listen carefully with the intent of solving the problem. Even if it sounds like your neighbor may be complaining unreasonably or exaggerating the situation, it is important to listen and not get defensive. Defensiveness could cause the problem to escalate unnecessarily and damage relationships.

Apologize

When your neighbor has finished with their complaint it is important to acknowledge the problem, apologize, and assure them that you will find a solution. It is important to let them know you are working to solve the problem and ask that they bear with you as you discover the right approach. Be sincere with your apology so you do not come across as inconsiderate. You could even go to the point of baking them cookies or doing something to show you care and are serious about resolving the issue.

Investigate The Situation

Upon hearing of a problem with your dog whether it be a noise complaint or trespassing complaint, you may need to do some investigation to discover what is causing this unwanted behavior. There are many ways to go about this. Get more info from your neighbor on when and where the issue is occurring and if they have noticed anything particular that may be related.

If you feel it necessary, you may ask other neighbors if they’ve noticed the same issue. There could be many reasons for your dog acting up including the following:

The first cause that your dog is causing trouble is just that your dog is bored and needs stimulation. Another is that they have separation anxiety while you are gone. Check out this article for more on How Separation Anxiety Affects Your Dog.

Other reasons as to why your dog is acting up are them being defensive of their territory. This can cause them to bark each time the mailman comes or the garbage truck comes by and takes your trash. Another reason is that there is a small animal or animals that are frequently in your backyard that your dog wants to get or even the neighbor’s children playing in their own backyard can cause your dog to act up.

If your neighbor complains about your dog trying to get into their backyard, or has gotten into their backyard, try to find out why your dog did this and eliminate the problem. This is because your neighbor may feel that their kids are in danger whenever your dog is home alone. Even if your dog has the intent of playing and not causing harm, your neighbor may not feel safe with your dog while you are not there.

Modify Your Dog’s Behavior

Now that you have found out what is causing your dog to bark, or trespass into the neighbor’s yard, you need to stop it as soon as you can so the situation can be resolved. If the problem is your dog making noise while you are away, try to solve the problem getting them some new toys to play with if their bored or have someone pick them up and take them for a walk halfway through the day.

If your dog is running wild in your backyard chasing small animals, don’t let them outside in the backyard, or get a small fence that keeps them on the back porch. If your dog feels threatened by the mailman or garbage man, you may want to let your dog become familiar with them by providing them with dog treats and asking them to feed them to your dog. That way the dog is no longer threatened when they show up.

However, of the issue is your dog is consistently going into your neighbor’s yard and doing their business or causing trouble, you may want to completely restrict their access while you are away. If that is not possible, or you want that to be a last resort, consider installing another fence on your side to give an extra line of defense so your dog can’t get across. If that is out of your budget, consider upgrading the current fence instead like patching any holes your dog is getting through or making it higher so they can not jump over.

Follow Up

After you have made some adjustments to your dog’s behavior and have given it some time, it is important to follow up with your neighbor. That way they can let you know if the problem is gone or if it is still there. If the problem is resolved, thank your neighbor for letting you know about the problem, as your dog may have been a nuisance to others and they didn’t want to tell you. However, if the problem is not resolved, continue to make efforts to resolve it so you and your neighbor can move on.

Conclusion

When it comes to handling complaints about your dog, the most important thing to remember is to not get defensive and assume that your neighbor is going after your dog. Just try to resolve things like adults so both people can feel satisfied. If your dog continues to bark, try some of our K9 & Kitty Calmer to help soothe them for a while till you can find a more permanent solution.

Sources

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/neighbors-dog-barks-constantly/
https://www.echo-ca.org/article/barking-dogs-hoas-how-handle-pet-related-nuisances
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/how-to-prevent-your-dog-from-barking-when-home-alone/
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/help-my-dog-wont-stop-barking-while-home-alone/

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Fire Safety For Your Pets

Every year, more than 500,000 different pets are affected by house fires. Many times these fires can be avoided by taking precautions, but there are times where it is simply out of your control. So, what can you do to prevent fires and what can you do in case of an emergency to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your pets? Continue reading to learn more about some pet fire safety tips.

Pet Fire Safety Tips

Monitored Smoke Detectors

If you happen to live in an area that is prone to fires or you are concerned that your pet may accidentally start a fire, monitored smoke detectors are something to take into consideration. These are amazing because they work in the same way normal smoke detectors work, but in addition, they alert the fire department immediately. This way, if you are ever out of the house when a fire occurs, you can rest assured that it will be taken care of.

Hiding Places

Those of us with pets know that they can make their way into the most obscure locations and hiding places. It is important that you know where these hiding places in case you need to evacuate so that you can easily find your pet and get them to safety. It may be best to just get rid of these places altogether by shitting furniture or reorganizing there aren’t so many little nooks and crannies.

Emergency Plan

Many families have an emergency fire plan. These plans often include an evacuation plan, a meeting point for when you get out of the house, and maybe even emergency bags to grab on your way out if possible. It is extremely important to include your pets in your emergency fire plan. Some things to know in case of an emergency is who will grab what pet and some emergency supplies for them. That way, if an emergency comes everyone knows what to do to be safe. Other things to identify in your emergency plan are where you will exit the house depending on where the fire is and have a safe exit plan including a place to meet up once you make it outside. Another thing to do with this plan once you have set it is to practice it consistently so your pet is used to the quick actions of getting out of the house. Dogs may think that it is fun to quickly run out of the house and can be trained to go to certain spots outside, but cats may need to be picked up and taken outside, so you are going to want to get them accustomed to it.

Pet-Proof Home

Pet-proofing your home is an important precaution to ensure that no fires start accidentally, especially when you are not home. Some things to look out for are cables that can spark and catch fire. Other things include any lamps that could be knocked over into a curtain. If you have candles around the house, make sure they aren’t lit unless someone is in the room as a lit candle can be enticing to some pets. Check out this article to learn more about Dog-Proofing Your Home.

Rescue Alert Sticker

This is a sticker that goes in your front window and states how many pets are inside. Many even have room to specify what species your pet is (i.e. cat, dog, bird). These are a great indicator for when firefighters arrive to let them know that there are pets that need to be rescued. You can pick one up at your local pet store or order them online from places like Amazon.

Emergency Travel Supplies

If you need to evacuate your home in a hurry, you may not have time to get everything that you will need, especially everything to take care of your pet. That is why it is important to keep a stash of emergency supplies, or an emergency kit of things to take with you in the event of an emergency. Some things to make sure you have to include:

One thing to remember is that this is not a comprehensive list, and your dog’s emergency kit may look different from the dog who lives down the street. Just make sure that your dog will have everything they need in a rush.

Pet Id

Making sure your pet has the proper ID is very important because it can allow you to reunite with them in the event that you get separated. You can do this by making sure that they have their collar on them and they have the correct info on that collar. You can take this one step further by microchipping them so if they lose their collar, they can still make it back to you.

Conclusion

There are many pet fire safety tips that can help you prepare for, prevent, and make it through a house fire. The most important thing to remember is to do your best to prevent them from happening, but still, be prepared for one if it does happen.

Sources

https://www.aspca.org/news/fire-safety-and-your-pets-keeping-them-safe-unexpected
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/pet-fire-safety.html
https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/pet-fire-safety/
https://www.akc.org/press-releases/national-pet-fire-safety-day-prevention-tips-to-keep-pets-from-startin/