There isn’t anything unusual going on around you. No unexpected visitors or strangers in the house. Nothing different. And yet it seems like your pet is agitated; always moving; pacing around; can’t seem to settle down. You may even have noticed that your pet “needs” to always have something in their mouth… to the point where they are destroying things: cushions, shoes… you name it! Your pet may even start nipping at you! Nothing painful, mind you, but unpleasant nonetheless, and certainly not normal. Your pet may start barking excessively. It might even seem obsessive, and you find that you can’t easily distract them or get their attention. You’re getting a little tired of it… but your dog… well, your dog never seems to tire of it all!
Sound familiar? Your dog probably needs a way to channel their energy and could benefit from some physical as well as mental stimulation. According to Dr. Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard, a veterinarian specializing in animal behaviour at the DMV Veterinary Centre and trainer for the Passionimo teams, “More outdoor outings, such as running or playing with a ball can help your dog use up some energy” What’s more, according to Dr. Demontigny-Bédard, “toys and food distributors… or hiding a treat can also give your dog some mental stimulation.”
If your dog seems more active or reactive than usual, despite what seems to be a reasonable amount of activity and stimulation, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. Your vet can then determine whether specific tools and training techniques are a good option, or if medication is indicated. Your vet can also make sure that your pet is healthy, because it is true that certain diseases can cause this type of behaviour. With their team, your vet will come up with a plan based on your needs and those of your pet.