There are many hyperactive dogs out there that need to be taught the basics.
Keep in mind that hyper dogs are smart animals. However, there are things to teach a hyperactive dog and the sooner you get started the better. The first thing you need to do is teach him or her hand signals.
You need to get up close to your hyperactive dog and make good eye contact with it. Of course, you need to be cautious when getting too close to the dog. When your hyperactive dog makes eye contact with you, you should reward it with a treat. Letting him know that you like it when he obeys your command to make eye contact will help reinforce this desirable behavior.
Do not getting frustrated by the fact your hyperactive dog is so quick. The instant they obey your command, make sure you reward him. Make sure you keep the rhythm up and also do things at the right pace.
The next step in your training process is to teach your dog to be obedient. For this, you need to use a treat which you should drop on the floor in front of the dog. Make sure you do not allow him to get to the treat. At this stage, do not rely too much on vocal commands. Instead, you should try and develop heartfelt communication with your dog. You have to make your dog feel your energy and understand what is expected of it. Your dog may take some time before it understands what you want it to do. So, be patient!
You need to use a treat to reinforce in your dog to take up a specific position. Again, avoid making a common mistake which is to try and make your dog lie down by pointing to the floor and saying sit. The right method is to put a treat in front of his mouth and then you should lower your arm (holding the treat) till he lies down. This is a simple yet effective way of teaching your hyperactive dog how to lie down.
At this stage it is vital that you ensure that when your dog behaves in a desired manner that you let him or her know they have done the right thing. When teaching your dog to lie down, you need to first get its attention and then you can use the treat which you should lower in front of his mouth. This will make your dog lie down and that is when you reward it with a treat to let it know it has done the right thing.
The bottom line is you need to engage with your dog and get its attention. When working with a high energy dog, you need to be very patient. Do not try and rush things and instead take a steady and slow approach. Be sure to reward your dog when he or she behaves in the manner that you want it to.
Credit to Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution
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