How do I calm down a hyperactive Springer??

by Richard
(Sydney)

Hi,


We have a lovely Springer called Strike. He is nearly 2 years old and very, very hyperactive!

For example when anyone comes to our house (and he hears the front gate click) he will go crazy and start running around the house! He is never allowed on the couchm, but last night he jumped on it when he heard the guest. He nearly jumped on my pregant girlfriend which is pretty bad! Othertimes he will go out to the back garden and start barking at our guest (and generally anyone who walks past the house). Normally we put him outside before someone comes in, but occasionally we dont have the time and he will run up to the the guest, go crazy and jump all over them. He isn't aggressive and wouldn't hurt anyone, but it's annoying! Eventually he does calm down though.

Secondly it's hard to take him for a walk. He is always on the look out, always has to run up to every dog we see (and there are heaps in our area) and just won't chill out. He won't sit still under the table when we go for a coffee and is always trying to look around. He just won't settle!

I know exercise is the key and I try to take him out most days, but don't always get the chance. We do have a big garden, but I think he just sleeps in the same spot all day.

I've read that hypoallergenic dog food is really good for such behaviour. Can anyone recommned any good products for here in Australia?

Any other tips???

Cheers,

Richard, Sydney

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Aug 21, 2014
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by: Shawn from Lunenburg, NS

Our Springer is very high strung and she gets at least two walks a day and and good fetch session at the nearby soccer field and/or dog park. She absolutely loves it where she is off leash and is not concerned of other dogs, due to the fact that we socialized her at the age of ten weeks with other dogs. However keep your Springer running walking etc. 10 minutes is plenty and keeps our Sprnger Spaniel Antigua satisfied. Hope this helps

Aug 21, 2014
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by: Shawn from Lunenburg, NS

our Springer is very high strung and she get at least two walks a day and an d good fetch session at the nearby soccer field and/or dog park. she absolutely oves it since she is off leash and is not concerned of other dogs since we socialized her since the age of ten weeks with other dogs. but keep them running walking etc. 10 minutes is enoughto keep Antigua satisfied. hope this hels

Feb 15, 2013
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by: Sasha

Acana and Orijen are very good but in South Africa they are quite pricey. You may have better luck in Australia. Also if your struggling to find dog food have a chat with local trainers/breeders/vets. More often than not they import premium dog food at good prices or know where you can find what your looking for. A good commercial hypoallergenic dog food is the fish and potato from Eukanuba.

Otherwise I would recommend taking your dog jogging. I know it's exercise for you as well but if you can push your dog a bit more physically that may help his activity quite a bit. If my dog is having a really bad hyper day I take him for a run, it tires him out quicker and lasts a bit longer than just a lovely walk . Also because he's on lead and I'm forcing him to stay at a constant pace he doesn't have time to sniff everything and everyone. After he's worked I then let him off so he can socialize a bit and sniff a few things but by then he's much calmer and more behaved. If jogging is really not your thing invest in a treadmill and run him on that. My dad's dog used to love his treadmill :-)

Feb 12, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thanks for the reply. It's great to hear that someone else is having the same problems! We have been giving our dog hypoallergenic food over the last few months and I have noticed a slight change in his behaviour. He is much calmer at home, but that is only really when it's just the family. He still goes CRAZY when ever anyone comes to the door. I normally put him in the kitchen, close the door and let them in. Then bring him in (holding his collar) and clam him down and put him to his basket in the living room. Of course he wont listen to me and just wants to run up the newcomer! He doesn't hurt them, but he is quite big and fast and it can be off-putting to people who aren't used to dogs.

He still does bark at any movement outside. I mean ANYTHING. Even if someone walks past our house and talks he start barking. It's quite annoying. I have been told that Springers take a long time to mature so I am hoping that this is still just puppy traits. But I like your idea about hiding treats in the garden. We do put his kibble in a ball and he has to play with it and roll it around to get it out. At the end of the day he is still bored and I know I need to walk him more.

Feb 12, 2013
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by: Sally

Hi
We found that with our 3year old male,JJ,he goes mad and would widdle all over the place if someone new/old came round, it`s like he`s never seen a human before!! We found that changing his dog biscuits did make a big difference and we walk him twice a day off the lead in safe places so he can run and have a good root around. I know it`s difficult when you`ve got to work etc. Sometimes it`s just finding a way of channeling their energies. As soon as JJ starts being a bit silly he gets sent to his blanket, how ever many times it takes. And just by being firm with him until he calms down has made a huge difference with him. We also hide his treats in the garden so he has to work for them instead of just sitting there and being given them. JJ has Harrington dog food, it`s just plain kibbles, thats of course if you`re able to get them?? It doesn`t contain artificial colours or flavours, no dairy, no soya and no added wheat. Don`t lose heart, Springers do get better with time.
Good luck.

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