Dogs, much like humans, can suffer from many syndromes that do not sound like something a dog can have. One of such things is the dreaded ADHD, also known as the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is considered a behavioral condition that usually strikes children, but also dogs, and includes hyperactivity, distractibility, poor social skills, aggression, and the inability to pay attention for longer than a few seconds or minutes. A dog with ADHD can be impulsive and make things hard to learn, they can be sensitive to noise and become fearful of everything.
Recent studies have shown that dogs can suffer from ADHD, and that some dogs that seem to be out of control or overly aggressive or fearful, may have this syndrome. Scientists think that ADHD in dogs is possible because of the chemical markers dogs share with humans, one of which is the low level of blood phospholipid. Impulsive and hyperactive dogs may be suffering from ADHD, but there is no way for a layman to diagnose on their own – instead, you need to speak to a professional who will be able to assess the situation and establish proper diagnosis.
Hyperactive dogs with ADHD need to learn how to focus their attention. These dogs usually have trouble learning new things, and they may become uneasy in social situations, so keeping them occupied and slowly teaching them to first learn, and then pay attention to their surroundings will help them cope with the syndrome they are suffering from. Playing a game of find the treat can be a great way of occupying your dog’s attention and teaching them to be patient and how to listen for instructions. You also need to be patient as it will be hard at first, but sticking to what you want to do will pay off in the long run.
If you are a little bit techy and a little bit rock’n’roll, you can use the power of technology to aid you in your dog training endeavors. Using an automatic treat dispenser can help teach your dog to be patient and attentive, and it can help them understand that they are not always in control of the situation. Additionally, it can help with the hyperactivity, as your dog may find the new toy exciting, especially when they figure out that they are actually getting something out of it when they interact with it. There are many options out in the market today, so shop around for the one that works best for your budget and your needs.
Sit command. Teach your dog how to sit and calm down when they are being hyperactive. Use treats as incentive, and gradually you will see the betterment in their behavior. Use this command whenever they are acting up to make them calm down.
There are numerous talking toys for doggos out there, so find the one that your dog likes and let them play with it. These toys are great because they focus your dog’s attention while they play.
Even though true ADHD in dogs is not as common as one may think, it is still possible, so treating it mindfully and being aware of the problem will be your best asset. Get educated on the matter and talk to professionals who will be able to help you and advise you on what to do to help your dog cope with ADHD. Patience is a virtue and the key here, so include a lot of love and praise when you are teaching your dog to be more aware and attentive.