January 09, 2013,
K.P. asks from Bridgton, ME on January 09, 2013
I have a male pug that is almost 5 years old and is still hyper. I got him from a pet shop (never do that again.) he is just so hyper that he even needs to be in his crate or kennel to sleep at night. What do I do was under the impression he would calm down years ago his vet even said he'd eventually calm down and I dont want to have to find a new home for him my children love him but he's even to hyper for them :( any suggestions would be wonderful. Would like to add that he is out alot I even put up a runner so he's able to run alot and still he's just so hyper and gets going so much poor little guy sounds like he is going to have a heart attack.
K.B. answers from Detroit on January 09, 2013
I second the suggestion for some doggy day care time at least 2 or 3 times a week. It can be tough for some dogs to really get all the exercise they need, even when walked daily. My pug now is 15, but when he was younger, he was crazy-hyper too, and a couple days at doggy day care every week made a huge difference. He would get worn out enough that when we were home at the end of the day, he would pass right out and hardly move.
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C.L. answers from Minneapolis on January 09, 2013
Dogs don't like to exercise on their own. They need a playmate or a daily walk, if he isn't getting one. I know it's cold, but they usually do o.k., except for maybe their paws. I haven't been able to walk my dogs for the last couple of days and even though they run around with each other, they are small dogs and they are out and about (not crated) all day, I can tell they are really antsy and more mishevious.
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T.H. answers from Kansas City on January 09, 2013
I agree that dogs need exercise but I know firsthand how sometimes daily (even weekly, whoops) walks can sometimes fall by the wayside. I would honestly look into Doggie Daycares in your area. You don't have to use one every day by any means, but they are excellent resources for active dogs, especially when it might be a time of year we aren't getting them outside much.
On weeks when it has just been busy and the dog hasn't gotten much attention we will send him to day care for the day and he gets tons of exercise and is pooped for about 2 days! ;) When our dog was younger we sent him more, but now we don't even send him more than 1x/month and not even that all the time either.
We found a place with great people and reasonable prices, so maybe you could try it and see if it helps!
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S.E. answers from New York on January 09, 2013
do you get him out alot??.. he needs a ton of exersize to get out all of that extra energy... the same thing happend with our lab.. they said by 3 he would grow out of the hyper puppy stage... hes 10 and still has his moments.. do you have a fenced in yarD? my suggestion would be let that dog run and run and run.. fetch is good if hell do that.. either that or a really really long walk... at least hes small.. try taking a 120lb hyper crazy lab for a long walk everyday.. its interesting to say the least.. as i said my dog is alot better now, i guess because hes getting old but when he was younger it was a noticable difference in his crazyness on days when he didnt get out for a walk
B.. answers from Dallas on January 09, 2013
Dogs need walks. Daily. EVERY single breed, size, energy level, and temperament. They need to release their energy, and they need to see the world. A backyard, is not enough. If a dog doesn't get out and see the world, smell all the smells, and socialize...he will be FULL of anxious, and boundless energy.
Does he get a daily walk? If not, start. You will see a noticeable difference in him. He will be happier and more peaceful. If he is not getting daily walks, one of his basic needs are not being met. Of course, he will have huge amounts of energy.