Why is it useless to “run out” an excitable dog
Quite often, owners complain that they have an excitable dog, which, for example, is smashing an apartment. On the advice of a “specialist”, the owners carefully “run out” of it, give a lot of physical activity, chase a ball and a wand ... and everything becomes even worse! And this, in fact, is natural. Why is it useless (and even harmful) to “run out” an excitable dog?
The fact is that the dog needs the load, of course, but the load is different.
Mental and physical activity are two different things.
By the way, mental stress tires the dog much more - 15 minutes of intellectual stress is equivalent to 1.5 hours of physical stress. So intellectual games in this sense are much more useful than physical games.
In addition, if the dog constantly “runs out”, for example, chasing a puller or a ball, playing constricts, etc., cortisol, the stress hormone, continuously enters the bloodstream. After all, the excitement caused by such a game is also stress. And on average, cortisol is excreted from the blood in 72 hours. That is, for another three days the dog remains in a state of excitement. And if such games and "running out" occur every day, the dog is constantly in a state of overexcitation and chronic stress, which means it becomes more and more nervous. And this condition requires an exit. Hence destructive behavior.
There is another “hassle” of regular “running out” of an excitable dog - endurance training. Of course, it is great to raise a hardy dog, but keep in mind that the load level will also have to be constantly increased. Since this dog will be smashed with even more enthusiasm.
What to do? To pickle a dog in boredom and give up entertainment? Of course no!
There are several ways to help an excitable dog deal with this condition and adjust its behavior:
- Use self-control games.
- Use search and intellectual games.
- Limit games that increase the level of excitement (banners, racing a ball or puller, etc.)
- Improve the predictability of the environment.
- To teach the dog to relax (including the use of relaxation protocols) so that she can "exhale" - both in the literal and figurative sense.
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