Crazy, stubborn, and out of control. These are only some of the descriptions dog owners sometimes use in describing the behavior of their dogs. Dogs like to sprint across the room, run into walls, jump on you, chew on cushions, bite your hands, bark non-stop, and a whole lot more. Most of the time, it seems like they do this for no reason at all. You might be wondering, is this normal behaviors of dogs? There’s no need to worry because you are not alone.
Whatever we call it, we should do something about it. The usual advice we get from well-meaning friends, strangers, reading online and TV shows is exercise. And this is true, to a certain extent. Dogs need exercise and training to manage their behaviors better. But as a responsible dog owner, the first thing you need to do is to evaluate why your dog behaves that way.
Assess the Behavior and the Situation
What behaviors does your dog show? Is he acting weirder than usual? What caused this sudden change in behavior?
Sometimes the behavior is more internal to the dog. This means his behavior has no particular cause. In this cases, we need to ask: does he need stimulation or rest?
Give Your Dog Sensory Stimulation
The craziness your dog shows may be excess energy which turns into hyperactivity. Sometimes, he may just need more stimulation than usual, because just like humans, we all have different sensory needs from day to day. Here are some of the activities you can give to serve as sensory stimulation for your pet.
- Give your dog his favorite chew toys.
Chew toys are not only fun and healthy for your dog, but it can also distract him from doing his crazy behavior. If your dog ignores it, maybe it’s not interesting enough or seems boring for him. There are various chew toys from bone-like toys to plushies. You can give him a variety of these toys or pick his favorite which he always enjoys.
- Channel your dog’s energy in a positive way.
Other training activities like playing fetch are classic examples of productive ways to distract your dog. You can also stimulate him with interactive toys. Another good way of expending his excess energy is exercising, which can also benefit you too. Take some long walks with your dog or let him run around the yard to keep him healthy and active.
- Cradle or pet your dog.
An owner’s touch can truly be calming for your dog. Instead of petting, you can also just keep your dog between your legs. This sets a boundary between your dog and the external environment, then creates a space where your dog can feel safe.
Give Your Dog Food and Rest
The way your dog is acting may be his way of trying to send you a message of how he feels at the moment. Your dog may be feeling uncomfortable, tired, restless, hungry, thirsty, or simply bored. Here are some of the basic needs which may need a slight modification to calm your dog.
- Feed your dog (as needed)
If your dog is acting cranky or crazy, he/ she may be hungry. Well, dogs are almost always hungry unless they are sick. But sometimes, dogs can be picky eaters too. Take a break from his usual diet or try switching between their dog food. The food they eat can also sometimes influence how active or calm they are, so also observe how they behave. Don’t forget to give them water from time to time especially if they have gone ballistic as it can worsen their behavior if they are kept thirsty.
However, if your dog goes crazy asking for food whenever someone is at the table, which is undoubtedly a different situation. This kind of behavior should not be tolerated as table food can be bad for his digestion. Ask your dog to stay where he is, away from the table, and you can give a small treat afterward if your dog behaves.
- Tie down your dog
Sometimes, it is best to tie your dog down. This is most especially true if he exhibits aggressive and harmful behaviors. You wouldn’t want them to be loose and free when they are acting particularly frenzy, would you? As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to keep your dog maintained at all times.
- Let your dog take a break in his kennel or crate
Sometimes, your dog shows aggressive behaviors because he is extremely tired. In this cases, it would be best to give your dog the rest he needs. Surely, he will get to sleep in an instant. To do this properly, you can lure him into the kennel with his favorite toy or treat and voila! You managed your dog’s crazy behavior.
Reassure a Safe and Calm Physical and Social Environment
Remember, your dog’s behavior may be due to excitement or anxiety he gets from you. If he acts crazy whenever a visitor comes over, or whenever he sees other dogs, make him feel safe and assured. He may be feeling your excitement or anxiety so show him that there is nothing to worry about. Try not to push your dog into interacting, or keep him away and gradually interact until he is ready. It is critical to teach polite manners by shaping his behavior. Also assert your authority by giving him clear, short instructions with gestures and using a deep voice especially if he misbehaves.
Feel like Your dog is Crazy? We Recommend Hiring Dog Training Services.
Sometimes, our dog’s behavior can really go out of hand. When things already become too difficult, it is always best to leave it to the experts. Do not hesitate to hire dog training services when you feel like your dog is crazy to remove the bad behaviors and replace it with proper ones. Contact us today to find out more about what your dog may need.