Excitability

Natural remedies for cats and dogs to help calm easily excited and disobedient puppies and kittens.

    natural calming remedies to help easily excited cats and dogs relax

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    1. What is Excitability?
    2. What Causes Excitability?
    3. Help for Excitability
    4. More Information on Excitability

    What is Excitability?

    Many pets suffer from over-excitable behavior which has increasingly becoming a growing concern for pet owners. Pets that are excitable are often difficult to control, disobedient, display unruly behavior and do not respond to your commands. For instance your dog may bark and whine continually or destroy your household for attention, jump on people, and simply be unable to relax.

    Very often, pet owners may punish their pets by shouting or hitting them but this only compounds the problem. If you are going to punish your pet, it has to be done immediately and humanely because harsh punishments may be associated with other unwanted behaviors such as anxiety, aggression or submissive urination.

    In order to correct over-excitability, pets need to receive sufficient exercise to channel their energy, and be stimulated through obedience training. Encouraging your pet to become calm and relaxed should be reinforced from as early as a puppy to avoid bad behavior patterns.

    It is also very important to remain calm, controlled and patient around your pet so that he can gradually feed off your positive energy. Reward him with affection and attention through playtime, a pat, praise or a treat for calm behavior and ignore rowdy, demanding and excitable behavior.

    What Causes Excitability?

    This type of behavior is usually an underlying symptom of lack of socialization at an early age, lack of adequate training, stress, people, an anxious or nervous disposition, other pets and animals, loud noises, sudden movements or isolation.

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    Help for Excitability

    If your pet shows signs of excessive excitability, and exercise and positive reinforcement training techniques are not helping, the animal may be suffering from an underlying disease such as hyperthyroidism. Your vet may also prescribe anti-anxiety medications to reduce excitability and calm the pet.

    However, it is highly recommended that you firstly have your pet socialized from a young age, exercise him daily together with obedience training and positive reinforcement

    Natural remedies

    Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies are gaining in popularity with not only humans but also their pets. Herbal and homeopathic remedies have proven to be highly effective in calming and relaxing excitable animals without the unwanted side effects of conventional prescription medications.

    Carefully selected herbs such as Scutellaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Passiflora incarnata contain excellent soothing properties to support the nervous system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Kalium phosphate and Argentum nitricum have therapeutic benefits to maintain balance and harmony within the nervous system.

    More Information on Excitability

    There are number things that you can do to prevent and control
    excitable behavior in pets and these include:
    • Socialize your pet from an early age by taking him to puppy socialization classes and many places or varied situations and as a result he will learn to become calm, confident and relaxed
    • Exercise your pet every day to work off excess energy
    • Always reward calm behavior by giving your pet a treat or praising him with a pat, "Good boy!" after a long walk or drive in the car
    • Expose your pet to excitable situations so that he can adapt and familiarize with new people and places
    • Ensure that you provide your pet with enough mental stimulation to ward off boredom. Teach your dog tricks, play fetch with him, hide treats around the house and let him search for them, occupy him with chew toys or change your route when you take him for walks
    • Take your pet for obedience training where he can will learn commands such as sit, down, wait, relax, come or off
    • Avoid reinforcing excitable or attention-seeking behavior such as barking to come inside. Instead ignore this type of behavior and then reward him with a treat when he has calmed down
    • Never hit or shout at a pet as this will only make them more excited and at the same cause them to panic
    • Punish or reward your pet within 15 seconds of good or bad behavior. If you are going to punish your pet after 15 seconds of bad behavior, your pet may be unsure of what you mean

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