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Old 04-09-2010, 06:09 PM
Ironwil Ironwil is offline
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Default Calming a dog on fast forward

I have a house full of Aussies, and they all can be pretty energetic, but they also have a "stop" mode, in which they understand we're not playing. They'll lay all around my desk if I'm on the computer, for instance. My niece, however, has an Aussie that seems forever stuck on fast forward. This dog can literally run for hours and still be hyper. I know, because I tried to tire her out. She's very sweet, but can't seem to sit or stand still. She ends up outside more than I'd like to see because her behavior is so antagonizing to the family. I've taken her to my place a few times, and though I do pretty well with dogs, it usually takes me 1-2 days to get her settled. Even then she seems like she's about to explode into a mushroom cloud of fur. When petting her, she stays more or less in the same place, but her legs all pump so fast she sort of spins around in place.

What can be done to calm down a dog of this excitement level?
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:19 PM
Maura Maura is offline
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TTouch. Get the book, Ttouch for your Dog, by Linda Tellington-Jones. She uses massage and stroking techniques. Very easy to learn. For instance, if you stroke a dog (not a vigorous rub) from the shoulder or neck down to the tail for a minute or so it will calm the dog. Also, a slow circular rub on the shoulders will help to calm the dog.

How much mental stimulation is he getting? This can be as simple as putting his daily kibble into a treat dispensing toy (Buster Cube). He needs to work, and he needs a job. The job could be agility, herding, or other advanced obedience. It can include games like hide and seek. Giving him physical exercise is only half the plan.
Forever Home: A Guide to ReHoming the Rescued Dog, from Wild Rose Press
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