Daily exercise is a help for hyperactivity, and I highly recommend at least two 20-30 minute walks every day, but it’s not the magic cure. If you focus solely on daily exercise, you usually end up with a very fit dog that is still to settle down on his own.
Same thing applies to supplying an endless number of food-stuffed toys for mental stimulation. One or two of these a day is good, but unless the dog learns to settle, he or she will plow through the puzzles like a seasoned chess player, and still bounce off the walls.
So while physical and mental stimulation are vital components in dealing with hyperactivity, so is teaching your dog how to settle on his/her own.
Play these calming games
Start with lots of really yummy pea-sized treats. Hide treat stashes in many locations throughout your home, such as inside an end table next to your favorite chair, by the front and back doors to reward calm greetings, and so forth. Hyperactive dogs are usually lean, but if weight is an issue, choose low-fat treats like bits of apple or carrot, and break rewards into tiny portions.
When playing the following calming games, refrain from making fast movements or rapid high-pitched sounds, which can easily excite dogs. Instead, move slowly, speak softly, and take deep breaths — it’s very calming for both of you.