Question: My border collie has too much energy! How to calm down an energetic dog and keep her entertained?
If your dog has too much energy (or what seems like too much energy), ask yourself the following: Is your pet getting enough exercise? Are you interacting (socializing) enough with her?
If the answer is no, the first way to calm down your energetic dog is go to the park, or better yet, an obedience class. This will mentally stimulate energetic dogs, which is just as important as physical exercise.
Another trick: Offer a puzzle toy or a Kong. Kongs are hollow rubber cones you can stuff with food (peanut butter, kibble, cheese, honey) that’ll keep energetic dogs busy for hours. Then you can take a nap.
Beyond those simple things, we can dive into one proven way to calm down an energetic dog…
Try Clicker Training
The Whole Dog Journal heartily recommends a clicker-and-treat program to keep your dog at bay, saying that dogs with high energy should get a “click” the instant they show a moment of calmness.
Eventually your dog will come to understand that calm = treat. Clickers are great because that little clicking sound draws out the moment of calmness just a little bit more.
You can view an inexpensive clicker training kit that we have in the Pets Adviser Shop for under 5 dollars: Clicker training tool.
Getting Your Dog to Relax
The video below explains that you should get into the habit of having your pup sit down until he is perfectly relaxed and behaved.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below. You might also want to check out our previous post on common mistakes when exercising a dog. If you enjoyed this article, you’ll love Pets Adviser’s popular email newsletter. It’s free to sign up, and you’ll also be among the first to get alerts about major dog food recalls: Learn more here.
Additional Resources — Dog Has Too Much Energy
- The Whole Dog Journal: Training a hyperactive dog to calm down
- Peach Grove Animal Hospital: Excitable and disobedient dogs