In this article, we bring our attention to hyper dogs that are causing many trainers with issues regarding disobedience to commands given, given that they have a short attention span. When it comes to training these hyper dogs, the owners will always notice that it can be difficult trying to get the dog to focus. The dog will get overly excited by the presence of things that are usually not of over-excitement, they are in a state of chaos. While this is not optimal, it is the same on the other end of the spectrum whereby the dogs are just like puppets that follow the commands wholeheartedly.
Typically, when it comes to dogs that cannot focus, there are three main problems that they have.
- Focus: They are easily distracted, and hence, they are unable to focus on you. The running rodent is more interesting than you.
- Relationship: They have no connection with their owner. This means that the dog either does not trust you, or they are afraid of you.
- Communication: The dog cannot understand your intentions behind every single action or cue that you give out.
If you can solve all three problems, your hyperactive dog will be able to focus on you whenever you call for it. Let us look into solving the issues mentioned above to get them to focus on you.
To begin, all hyper dogs have an issue focussing on the owners. Hence, it will be paramount to start on this process first. We should early start by introducing spatial awareness to the dog. To do this, you will need to wear the e-collar on your dog as well as putting them on a leash. For the e-collars, always make sure that you adjust the level such that it helps to get the dog’s attention. The whole idea is that you should be able to get the dog’s curiosity on the sensation that is new to them than to cause pain to the dog itself.
Start by activating the stimulation to the dog, and then having a gentle tug at the leash. Your dog would move towards your direction, and you should immediately praise the dog. Always remember that the leash, as well as the e-collar, is meant to provide triggers for the dog to understand that it should be focussing on you when the trigger, for this case the stimulation, is present.
There might be times at which the dog pulls down and refuse to obey. Instead of increasing the stimulation level, you will need to crouch down so that the dog sees you in a non-aggressive stance. A good indication of whether the ‘relationship’ problem has been solved is if the dog starts to look at you in the eye. This is very much like how we know if our child is listening to us, or are they only afraid of us. If they are scared of us, there will be zero eye-contact, and that is something that would wish to avoid at all times.
Last but not least, for you and the dog to build a meaningful relationship, you will need to show them genuine care and concern. You should avoid misusing the e-collar as there will be a need to build trust between you, the dog, as well as the dog’s perception towards the e-collar. If the dog starts to develop an aversion towards the collar, you will have a tougher battle to fight.
The last problem to solve will be the communication problem. It will be tricky given that the dog cannot speak out to us. Hence, we can only rely on the dog’s body language to determine if the problem has been overcome. For instances, if you notice that the dog jumps at each example of the stimulation being administered, it is a clear indication that the stimulation levels are too high for them.
Another instance is that you should not pull too much at the leash, lest it becomes a tug of war match between you and the dog. If this is the case, you might want to relook into the level of stimulation as the dog might be showing signs of being repulsive towards it.
Other things to note when training the hyper dog to focus on you
If the dog is showing signs of restlessness, you might need to break the session up into bite sizes training sessions. This will allow your dog to have time to assimilate the new information as well as time for them to learn how to focus on you.
As per all training sessions, you will need to be patient with your dog. This is all the more important in this context, given that the hyper dog will probably need at more time and effort on your end before they are trained to focus on you. You should not at any point in time, be impatient, and vent your anger on the dog.
Your hyper dogs can be trained to focus rather than be distracted at everything else. It does require time and effort on your end to training them up. While the training can be tough, it will be a worthwhile experience for both you and your hyper dog.