Poodles are among the most popular breeds in the United States, especially popular as companion or family dogs. Poodles have a reputation as spoiled lap dogs, but like many dog breeds, they were working dogs first. This transition from working dogs to companions has left many people with a frustrating problem; their poodle is hyper. So, how do you calm down a hyper poodle?
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Physical activity, mental stimulation, and obedience training can often reduce hyperactivity in poodles. Poodles are intelligent, active dogs that require proper exercise and enrichment in order to be tranquil. In rare cases, poodles can become clinically hyperactive and require treatment by a qualified veterinarian.
Though poodles may serve as companion dogs today, This breed’s temperament, history, and intelligence often make curbing hyperactivity in poodles a chore. The key to calming your poodle lies in understanding their behavior and channeling it into activities that keep them happy, healthy, and calm- well, calmer. Read on to discover why poodles are hyper, when you can expect them to calm down, and what you can do in the meantime.
Why Exactly Are Poodles Hyper?
There are logical explanations for your poodle’s hyper temperament. It’s pinpointing the exact reason why that can be challenging. Let’s dive into some of these reasons to help you find out what’s causing your poodle to be hyper.
Poodles are often hyper as a result of:
- Poodles were first bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. As a result, these dogs were bred for intelligence, trainability, and energy.
- Hunters realized the hair meant to keep their dogs warm, also absorbed too much water and weighed them down when working. As a result, owners trimmed their poodle’s hair everywhere they didn’t need to keep warm, leading to the poodle’s distinctive cut.
- Most dog breeds were originally bred for work, usually hunting, guarding, herding, or pest control. The idea of companion dogs is a relatively recent development and leaves dogs with instincts and behaviors which are not needed any longer.
- Companion dogs, such as poodles and border collies, often need toys, activities, and training so that all that energy meant to go into herding or retrieving doesn’t build up and led to negative or destructive behaviors in your home.
- Poodles are an extremely smart dog breed to be hunting dogs. Intelligent dogs need to use their brain; whether they’re in training for a specific task or puzzle games played at home. These dogs are smart enough to train as service dogs, therapy animals, or even watchdogs!
- Poodles need plenty of mental stimulation. In your downtime, you might read, play video games, paint, or do other activities that both engage your mind and let energy out. Poodles have the same need to keep their mind engaged, and if not occupied, poodles can get hyper and full of anxiety.
- Poodles are rated as the 2nd most intelligent dog breed in the world, so it’s especially important to keep their minds occupied. A clever dog isn’t going to be satisfied just lounging around the house all day. Lack of proper socialization and intellectual vigor can lead to separation anxiety if not properly addressed.
- Check out this article I wrote on separation anxiety in Poodles. In it, you’ll find fifteen easy ways to curb this destructive behavior fast!
- Poodles can become hyperactive when not given enough exercise or playtime. If you ask a poodle to spend a day alone in a kennel or a single room in your house, it’s a recipe for trouble.
- Adequate space to run around is essential for a poodle, even miniature and toy poodles. Limiting your poodle to one room, or even a kennel, while you’re out may sound like a good way to protect your furniture, but likely won’t address the heart of the problem.
- Larger dogs generally need more exercise than smaller dogs. Larger poodles are no exception as they need up to two hours of exercise per day. While Adult poodles may be able to get this exercise all at once, puppies have less stamina but more energy, so it’s best to break up their exercise into shorter sessions throughout the day.