Every dog owner knows that moment when your best mate either hears the lead and collar or as I say “Who Wants to Go for a Walk” how excited they get!
They make noises like you have never heard before, their whole body is wagging from side to side, and get so excited.
Basically, if they could talk human, they are saying hurry up its time to go out for a walk, it’s the best part of my day human’s let’s hurry it up!
So, why does my dog get so excited to go for a walk? Because they have learned that going crazy when it’s walk time is always a really great way to make that walk happen, in their minds anyway.
As a dog trainer, I see this behavior a lot and it usually boils down to some impulse control issues and is usually a very good sign that your dog will need more exercise than the daily walk you are giving them at the moment.
Your Dog Gets Excited to Go for a Walk Because They Are Bored and Undertrained.
The two main reasons your dog gets so excited to go for a walk is they either don’t know how to behave to get what they want and that is usually because they are undertrained, or they are telling you that they are bored and need more than just a walk every day.
Make The Best Part of Their Day More Than Just a Walk
If the most exciting part of your dog’s day is just a single walk every day, then of course they will go crazy when that time arrives.
But imagine if that was just one of the many good things that happen to them every day, now what you are doing is taking less of the excitement out of their one and only walk.
So, by giving your dog more exercise every day, coupled with some mental stimulation activities, you can drastically reduce their excitement around going for their one walk of the day.
Don’t get me wrong, they will still show some excitement but a little more controlled than the mad crazy pup they were before!
My dogs LOVE puzzle toys and spend hours with them and for mental stimulation, I highly recommend something like this for your dogs.
Feeding Your Dog with Puzzle Toys and Long-Lasting Chews
This is a great way to mentally stimulate your dog, puzzle toys, long-lasting chews, and the hidden treat toys are a great way to wear your dog out along with helping them to recognize that good stuff happens even when it’s not a walk.
The below are what I personally use with my dogs, and I highly recommend them as will your dogs!
- PetSafe Automatic Dog Toy for Bored Dogs – HIDE & SQUEAK NOISE – The PetSafe Ricochet Electronic Dog Toy includes two coupled toys that let your dog jump back and forth by changing the sound. It is awesome because it has no stuffing or fabric to tear!
- Nina Ottosson Interactive Puzzle Game For Dogs – This one is a lot trickier than a lot of other interactive feeders on the market but it will keep your pooch amused for hours knowing that they will be rewarded with treats.
- Benebones – I have already written a review on these awesome chews which are basically a 100% real bacon or chicken flavored chew for those aggressive chewers and are guaranteed to last for up to two weeks.
- Kong Classic– This one really needs no introduction, the world-famous Kong is a durable long-lasting rubber bouncing treat-filled bundle of fun for any dog, Big or Small.
Training For Exercise and Manners
I have written a few posts previously around training
and training tips and both these articles will help you to teach your dogs to learn new skills, exercise the brain and give them plenty of physical and mental stimulation to tire your dog out.
Now I am going to show you how to stop that barking, spinning madness that always seems to happen every time you pick up the lead.
A lot of people think that they need to go out and buy specially made training treats for your dog, however, if you are already using a good quality kibble as part of their diet, I highly recommend using these as a training treat.
I use the Stella and Chewy’s Wild Red Raw Kibble for all my training as I know my dogs already love this and it is very good for them.
Another great dog training treat, especially if your dog is either the anxious type or is suffering from joint pain is Yup Pups Hemp Dog Treats
Firstly, pick up your dog’s leash, if your dog barks, spins, or goes nuts as they usually do, put the leash straight back down.
As soon as your dog stops doing the things you don’t want them doing throw them a treat and praise them.
When you do the praising be quiet and calm as we don’t want to add any extra excitement to this exercise.
Rewarding your dog with treats for good behavior is very important as dogs work best with a reward system in place.
Repeat this same process a few times over the next couple of minutes.
You may not get the behavior you are looking for straight away so instead try rewarding your dog when they are on their least bad behavior!
Dogs thrive on routine, so over time, your dog will associate not going crazy before a walk with two things, 1. They will get rewarded with their favorite treat and 2. They will actually get to go on their walk.
Over time you will be able to mold your dog’s behavior to remain calmer every time you pick up their leash.
As your dogs starts to associate a calm behavior with walks gradually raise the training criteria and make your dog work a little harder for walk time, and in no time, you will have a well-behaved and calm dog ready for each and every walk.
No type of training will work without your patience, consistency, and exercise.
If your dogs are going absolutely nuts because they are so excited, you will need to work on exercising and impulse control before you are going to see any results with other kinds of training.
As quoted in Southern States.com there are few activities that excite a dog more than the chance to go on a nice long walk, so you will need to remember this when training them to remove the craziness, to them, this is the highlight of their day, especially if you haven’t put into place any of the other things I have mentioned within this blog!
That’s a Wrap on Why My Dog Gets So Excited to Go for a Walk
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