Is your dog barking, running around the house, or jumping up on you or others? These are all signs that your dog is either fearful or excited, depending on the situation at play such as a delivery person showing up at your door or you being in the midst of cooking your own meal. Regardless of the situation that triggers your dog’s fear or excitement, you will want to go about how to train a dog to be calm.
That is because a dog that is relaxed tend to be better behaved. So, if you can get your dog to calm down, it can lead to a more stable environment for you and your dog. With that in mind, here are the tips to help you calm your dog down.
1. Give Your Dog A Workout Routine
There is really no better way to relax your dog than to have him/her exercise every day. When your dog is going wild, he/she just has too much energy to spare. So, giving your dog a workout routine to follow each day, will help to drain some of that energy. How can a dog exercise, you ask? Good question. There are two ways in which your dog can exercise.
The first is to take your dog out for a walk. You can do that in your own neighborhood or at a park or open space that provide a network of paths for you and your dog to walk on. Make sure that your dog knows how to walk right on your side, not ahead or behind you. That is because walking right along you will make exercising more effective for your dog.
So, you can follow along here if your dog hasn’t yet been trained to heel. Before you take your dog out for a walk, you will want to have two things – a leash and a harness. These two things will help you to keep your dog under control on walks if he/she is prone to straying away from you. For the leash, the most comfortable one is the BAAPET dog leash which comes in nine different colors to choose from.
For the harness, the BARKBAY No Pull Dog Harness Front Clip is one of the safer options for your dog because it is designed with the safety of the dog’s neck in mind. The second way that your dog can exercise is to play a game of frisbee with you. Frisbee is when you throw a disc-shaped item across the air and your dog has to run in order to catch it. It doesn’t just help your dog exercise, it also gives him/her something fun to do.
You just need to make sure that your dog already knows how to catch a frisbee. So, if your dog seems to be lost on how to catch a frisbee, this post is your best friend for getting him/her up to speed. If you don’t have any frisbees to play with, you can order a few online from the comforts of your own home.
I recommend the Hyper Pet Flippy Flopper as these are soft which is important for your dog’s teeth as he/she will have to use them to catch a frisbee. These frisbees typically comes in green, blue, and pink. I would suggest that you exercise your dog two times per day – one in the morning and one in the evening – for at least thirty minutes. That way, you can keep your dog calm throughout the day and night.
2. Reward The Calm And Ignore The Wild
One way to get your dog in a calm state is through reinforcement. That is, you want to encourage your dog’s calm through the use of tasty treats. Dogs won’t go wild all of the time. So, there will be periods when your dog will calm down naturally. So, you want to be on the lookout for the times when your dog is in a calm state like when he/she is sitting, laying down on his dog bed, and walking around in a relaxed state.
These are the times when you will want to give him/her a treat along with a rub on his/her head. If your dog starts to realize that being calm means good things happen to him/her, he/she will start to embrace the calm more and more. As for which treats to give to your dog, I would suggest the Canine Carry Outs Dog Treats. You can choose from different kinds of treats like hot dog, chicken, and bacon and cheese.
On the other hand, you will want to ignore your dog whenever your dog is going into overdrive. So, whenever you see your dog running around you in circles or try to jump on you, just ignore and/or turn your back to him/her. Don’t even make any eye contacts with your dog. Don’t reward your dog with treats either. Your dog will eventually see that running around you or jumping on you won’t even get him/her your attention and he/she will start calming down.
3. Give A Command To Quiet The Barking Dog
If the problem with your dog is the barking, there is a way for you to stop it and that is with the use of the quiet technique. Here is how it goes. When you see and/or hear your dog barking, walk up to him/her and gently hold his/her mouth closed and say the word “Quiet” at the same time. Now, have your dog sit down and wait for a few minutes.
If your dog doesn’t bark after a few minutes, it is time for you to reward him/her with a treat. Just make sure that your dog already knows that you have a treat on hand. That will help to motivate your dog to obey your quiet command. As you successfully give your dog the quiet command, you can start gradually increase the wait time before you reward him/her with a treat for staying quiet.
These are my tips to help you with how to train a dog to be calm. What are your thoughts? Is your dog in a calm or wild state right now? Feel free to leave a comment down below.