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How to Calm Hyperactivity in Dogs

Verlota Author
Published: April 11, 2019
Categories: Dog Ailments | Pet

Excitability and overzealous affection are common traits in almost every canine – these characteristics are not bad qualities by any means.  A dog’s capacity for love and loyalty are unparalleled, and these qualities should not avoided. However, an overabundance of enthusiasm and excitedness can lead to issues for both you and your dog.

This sheds light on the core of hyperactivity – it is not an excess of “happiness”, but a problem of energy and an inability to channel said energy into appropriate behaviors.

Hyperactivity is often associated with puppies, young dogs or untrained canines, but it is not unique to any particular breed, age or type of dog.  Although these symptoms are behavioral and not necessarily medical in their scope, hyperactivity can lead to/perpetuate certain negative health effects if not dealt with.

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What is Hyperactivity? What Are the Causes?

Hyperactivity is often mistaken for “a dog that needs more exercise”.  This can be true in many cases, but recent studies have found that many dogs do not lack physical activity but rather require more mental stimulation.  Brain health is often overlooked; if a dog’s tail is wagging, it must be happy, right? Dog owners can assume that just by walking their dogs, playing with them or letting them have fresh-air time that their dog is getting the exercise and physical activity they need.  This is not always the case.

Dogs are very social, intuitive and involved beings – their history as ‘man’s best friend’ tells the story of busy, working animals.  Canines evolved alongside humankind in a very active capacity, and it is within their nature to need mental, physical and emotional stimulation in order to remain fit and healthy.

On the other side of the spectrum, dogs that have plenty of activity and stimuli can still develop inappropriate behaviors such as stealing food, being over-aggressive in their play and bombarding people and fellow pets with licks and physical affection.  Dogs often develop quirks due to their owners’ own tendencies – i.e. a dog will become hyperactive if their owner is overtly affectionate, is constantly excitable themselves or tends to react “over-the-top” in many situations.

Canines adopt the behaviors and moods that they are surrounded by, so managing your own emotions and mannerisms can have a major impact on the behavior of your dog.

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symptoms of hyperactive dogs:

Knowing the difference between a happy, healthy and active dog versus an over-excited, possibly anxious and aggressive canine is important to a stable home life.

The most common traits of hyperactivity in dogs:

  • Excess drooling, frothy saliva
  • Inability to relax
  • Lack of consistent sleep
  • Irritability
  • Constant need for attention
  • Erratic behavior (chewing on furniture, aggression, inability to focus)

How Can You Help?

As it’s been suggested, many of your dog’s behavioral problems associated with hyperactivity come down to one thing: managing your interactions with your dog.  Maintaining a calm, relaxed and positive environment is ultimately the best medicine for dogs with hyperactivity. On top of this, it is important to be consistent with walks, activity, as well as how you interact with your dog.  Dogs are creatures of habit, and consistency is one of the core tenets for healthy human-animal relationships.  

Managing a balance of physical and mental activity is also crucial – keep your dog busy with games, toys, and positive attention to help foster healthy, happy and well-behaved everyday life.

Why CBD can be an effective treatment & preventative for hyperactivity

CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be a very effective remedy for hyperactive tendencies in canines.  

Why CBD can be an effective treatment & preventative for hyperactivity

CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be a useful tool in managing your dog’s hyperactivity.  CBD oils and treats can assist in the prevention of infections and reduction of tumors, lessen the effects of lethargy, gastrointestinal issues and skin & coat deterioration.  CBD is generally effective and it has been widely used for treating dogs with anxiety, stress, nervousness or aggression problems. Think of CBD as a supplement that can reduce the severity and frequency of most – if not all – behavioral quirks.

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid that has been shown to have a prominent effect on numerous ailments – including epilepsy and seizures.  Remedies containing CBD achieve this by interacting with your dog’s endocannabinoid system. Almost all animals, like people, have an endocannabinoid system; this network of neurotransmitters is integral to physiological processes like memory, mood, pain, stress and appetite.

This complex biosystem is very prevalent in dogs in comparison to other species.  Canines have a high concentration of CB1 & CB2 receptors in their brainstem. CB1 receptors affect the brain, lungs, vascular system and muscles, gastrointestinal function; whereas, CB2 receptors are linked to bones, skin spleen and glial cells.  In combination, CB1-CB2 collaborate in influencing the overall immune system, liver, kidneys, bone marrow, pancreas and brainstem.

CBD can help your dog by producing anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects indirectly – that is, CBD interacts with your dog’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) opposite to THC which directly binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors of the body.  This does two things: makes the positive remedial properties more bioavailable to your dog; and lessens or negates the psychoactive effects, such as those associated with THC ingestion.

As you can see by the wide scope of ailments that CBD effects, it is clear how introducing CBD into your dog’s routine can help to maintain a consistent and healthy brain and body.

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