Calm your dog!
Updated: Aug 7, 2020
We can be quick to react and make decisions that might’ve been not too good when we are up-tight or nervous, our dogs are the same!
react and make decisions that might’ve been not too good when we are up-tight or nervous, our dogs are the same! Whether that be excited or stress they may display less than desirable behaviour when they are wound up. Dogs that are calmer are able to evaluate their environment and calm down a lot quicker if they have an exciting or stressful experience as they have regularly practised
practised calm behaviour.
So how do I go about getting my dog to practice calm?
🐶 Sleep! Dogs need around 12-16 hours of sleep a day, a over tired dog is like a toddler- more likely to act out.
🐶 Calming Enrichment! By giving your dog positive calming activities such as snuffle mats, kongs, scatter feeding, licki mats etc at low arousal you encourage your dog to be calm and they are being rewarded for it at the same time! 🐶 Capture Calm! Rewarding calm and desirable behaviours make them more likely to repeat the behaviour. I’m sure your dog is not a whirlwind 24/7, so use those opportunities that your dog is relaxing to reward him with a low to med value reward. If he gets up just wait until he’s relaxed again to reward. He will soon get the idea!
Although calmness is good that doesn’t mean that high arousal activities are bad, it just means that it is good to mix activities up! For example for Scrumpy he loves his ball being thrown however I use it as a reward in a training session and capturing calm and even his magic mat to promote calm 🐶