How Do You Calm an Over Excited Dog? (Solved!)

To calm an over-excited dog, you can discourage its behavior with commands that tell your dog it’s time to calm down.

In addition, if you have an overly excited dog, the most successful techniques include distraction and attention redirection.

What Are The Ways to Calm an Overly Excited Dog?

Do not encourage your dog when he is overly excited. Your dog can sometimes be overly energetic and this energy will be reflected in his movements. If you mirror the behavior it will continue.

Ignore your dog when he engages you with over-excited behavior. Instead teach him a  short sharp command to stop and sit, then reward him with the attention he wanted. 

If he tries to jump on you, instead of playing with him, push him back firmly with your hand with a calm but confident ‘no’. Reward with a treat or pat on the head.

How Do I Use Positive Reinforcement on an overly Excited Dog?

Catching a moment when your dog is calm and rewarding him with a treat will play an important role in keeping him calm overall.

If you appreciate your dog with a simple word such as “good doggie” when he is quiet, he will understand that this is the type of behavior you want.

Rewarding or using verbal encouragement while your dog is overly excited will have the opposite effect.

Does Exercise Help Dogs with Over Excitement?

Over-excitement can be easily remedied with additional exercise.

Taking your dog out to the garden twice a day is okay for some dogs, but those with excess energy need to be taken out longer or more frequently.

You should run or walk with him regularly, keep your routes varied, and tire your dog out with fetch-type games. This will prevent your dog from being overly energetic when he gets home.

How Do I Discipline an Over Excited Dog?

When your dog is overexcited, he may damage many things in the house or not listen to commands which can lead to an undisciplined dog. 

Make sure to calm your dog before trying to teach them anything new. Use short words like ‘stop’ and ‘no’ in a slow, deep and confident tone. Make sure your body language is strong and authoritative.

The key point here is to give your dog time and wait patiently. They may not fully understand the attitude you want to implement at first, but your patience will bear fruit over time.

Different Types of Excitement in Dogs

Dogs express stress and happiness with body language. 

While some dogs show extreme excitement in a moment of happiness, others, on the contrary, can exhibit similar movements in times of stress.

Dogs may wag their tails, drool, whine and pant when excited, but all these symptoms may vary depending on your dog’s current mood.

What Can You Give an Overexcited Dog to Calm It Down?

When your dog is overexcited, try to keep him mentally calm. For example, you can buy a few puzzle games that can keep your dog distracted, or you can stop his hyperactivity by gently petting him and ‘shushing’.

Dogs usually don’t want to focus on anything when they’re excited, you can make them focus on you with visual cues like using a squeaky ball, or commanding them to sit for a treat.

How Do You Calm an Excited Puppy?

Your puppy can suddenly show extreme excitement in unexpected times and often for hours on end. Their energy does run out eventually, but puppyhood is the best time to reinforce some good habits.

If your puppy gets super excited all of a sudden, hold him gently and start stroking his belly, this will make him feel comfortable and relaxed.

As soon as it calms down, reinforce the state of calm with a treat and repeat. In time, he will understand that this is a reward and he will associate calm states with positivity.

You can easily reinforce your pup’s behavior by using the words like “good boy” and “no”. Your puppy will soon learn their boundaries and grow up to be an intelligent well behaved adult dog.

Why Does My Dog Get Overly Excited?

Your dog can get excited for many reasons. The most common is when you return home after work. This is because they have missed you and are happy you are home.

Another time for excitement is dinner time. When they catch a whiff of the meal you prepared to give them, dogs usually show excitement at the prospect of the feast!

In addition, dogs in the mating period can experience extreme excitement when they see the opposite sex. They can sometimes be so excited they try to get off-leash or escape from the yard. 

Be careful during this time, some dogs will not stop until they reach the object of their affection.

What Can I Use to Calm My Dog?

You can calm your dog using the following methods:

  • Exercise

  • Physical contact

  • Massage

  • Music

  • Calming blankets

  • Sound therapy

What Do Vets Give Dogs To Calm Them Down?

If your dog suffers from an excessive mood disorder such as extreme overexcitement, hypervigilance, or stress, veterinarians usually prescribe drugs such as alprazolam, amitriptyline, buspirone, clomipramine, diazepam, fluoxetine, sertraline, or trazodone for dogs.

These are similar to the human variants of the same drugs, but the doses are adjusted according to your dog’s height, weight, and breed.

Never give your dog human medication. Only give your dog medication that has been prescribed by a vet.

At What Age Will My Puppy Calm Down?

Generally, when dogs step from puppyhood to adulthood, they naturally begin to calm down.

When puppies reach an average of 1 to 2 years of age, they begin to mature and do not have so much excess energy to burn off.

Some breeds are still considered puppies at this age, but they will have reached their adult height and weight.

Dogs at this age are still young and still very playful, but they will not play and run for as many hours as they used to when they were little pups.

At What Age Are Dogs Most Energetic?

Dogs are their most energetic and productive age between 1-5 years. After these ages, dogs slowly begin to calm and become more cautious and wise from life experience.

Dogs aged 1-2 still want to run, jump and frolic. Dogs older than this still want to play but are not as easily excited as everything is not as new to them as when they were young. 

What Breed Of Dog Is The Calmest?

Some of the calmest dog breeds are:

  • English Bulldogs

  • Great Pyrenees

  • French Bulldogs

  • Bichon Frise

  • Greyhounds

  • Scottish Deerhound

  • Golden Retriever