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.
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 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.