Question from a Pets Adviser reader: “My border collie has too much energy. How can I calm down an energetic dog and keep her entertained?”
If your dog seems to have boundless 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 tip is go to the park — or better yet, an obedience class. This will mentally stimulate your dog, which is just as important as physical exercise. If you just don’t have the time, hire a dog walker or jogger.
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.
Next, I’ll talk about another 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. Dogs with high energy should get a “click” the instant they show a moment of calmness.
Eventually your dog will come to understand that being calm results in a treat. Clickers are great because that little clicking sound draws out the moment of calmness just a little bit more.
We have an inexpensive clicker training kit for under 5 dollars: Clicker training tool.
The video below explains how you should get into the habit of having your dog sit down until he is perfectly relaxed and behaved: