How to Calm an Excitable Dog

Is your canine buddy a bouncing ball of energy? Do you find yourself constantly reprimanding your playful pet? If so, Fido may need a bit of guidance. Although dogs are very smart, your four-legged friend really won’t know what is and isn’t acceptable behavior unless you take time to teach him. Here, a North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses calming a hyperactive pooch.

Ignore Improper Behavior

Never punish your pup for acting up. Our furry pals really don’t understand the concept of punishment. Reprimanding Fido may just leave him feeling confused, anxious, upset, or frightened. Also, dogs love getting attention from their owners. In some cases, Fido may even settle for negative attention. If you catch your pet in the act of doing something wrong, it’s fine to tell him ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice, but anything else could backfire. Just ignore your pooch when he’s being bad.


If your four-legged pal is still intact, we strongly recommend scheduling spay/neuter surgery as soon as possible. Getting Fido fixed can have a huge effect on his behavior! Dogs are typically much calmer after this routine surgery. Plus, there are also some great health benefits, such as a reduced risk of certain cancers. Ask your vet for more information.

Obedience Training

Training is one of the best things you can do to help improve Fido’s petiquette. If your pet is unruly, overexcitable, and/or hard to control, enroll him in an obedience class. This can really make a world of difference!

Playtime and Exercise

Dogs are full of energy, especially when they’re young. Fido often gets into mischief simply out of boredom, or as a way to channel excess energy. Tire your pet out with vigorous walk every day, and then indulge him in a fun play session. Once your furry pal has worn himself out playing Fetch, he’ll be much calmer and better behaved.

Reward Good Behavior

Rewarding Fido for good behavior is a big—and crucial—part of your canine companion’s petiquette training. When your furry friend is being good, offer him treats and praise, and tell him he’s being a good dog. You may be surprised at how effective positive reinforcement can be!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health, behavior, or care? Contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, today! We’re dedicated to providing the best veterinary care around!

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