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Hyperactive Pooch? - Compassionate Care Animal Clinic
We’ve talked, many times in this blog, about how many unfortunate pets end up in shelters. The number is staggering but we haven’t talked much about WHY. Why is it that so many pets, many of them first time pets and “gift” pets, end up in shelters? He’s not bad. He’s just too full of energy! Well, here is a reason that is very widespread. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s an issue that can be dealt with… and often remedied: Hyperactivity. Many dogs are turned in to animal shelters because of behavior problems caused by hyperactivity. Shelters are over flowing with dogs that barked too much, dug up the garden or the irrigation system, chewed everything in sight including the legs of your antique coffee table and the arm of your favorite couch (?!) and generally made a nuisance of themselves. Are they bad dogs? No. More than likely, they were simply dogs who had way too much energy and way too few ways to release it… without being annoying or destructive or both. So, you think you have a hyperactive dog… What do you do? Well, the first and most obvious solution is exercise. We’ve seen it in pre-teenage boys. You know the scenario; 11 or 12-year old boys who seem to have boundless energy and no way to release except to play knife fight (using real knives) with each other, jumping on the furniture (or each other) and just rough-housing in general. Well, your furry friend is no different, and the similarities are most obvious when they (dogs, that is) are pre-teens, too. They’re just youngsters who need to “run it out,” as it were. So… If you …