How do I calm down a hyperactive Springer??
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???
Richard, SydneyReturn to Love Springer Spaniels FAQsReturn to Love Springer Spaniels Homepage