Dogs can be great additions to help owners increase their activity level, encouraging people to walk, run and enjoy outdoors and social activities. These dogs make excellent companions with their high activity levels and willingness to participate and learn. There are times, however, when you may want your high-energy dog to calm down, take a break, or relax. The good news is that, whether at home or out in public, it’s completely possible to teach your dog to be calm. In fact, we have several methods to choose from to help train this important behavior.
Dogs, unlike humans, have a hard time understanding the meaning behind words. You can, however, train your dog to associate certain words to specific behaviors. Training your dog to be calm will involve teaching your dog to lay down, stop moving, or otherwise focus on a specific task for a prolonged period of time. This behavior can be helpful for times when you are hosting friends or family in your home or when your dog’s energy level is upsetting to other household pets.
Before you start training your dog to be calm, you will need a few supplies. A wide selection of treats is important to helping cement any given behavior. Treats should be of a variety of reward levels. Dry cookie treats, slices of hot dog, small cubes of cheese, and cooked meat slices provide a range of values for treats, allowing you to treat your dog with a better item to reward especially good behavior. A treat pouch is also important during training. Attaching a pouch to your waist frees up your hands for gestures or to hold a leash or praise your dog with physical attention. You will also need several chew toys to occupy your dog. Once you have collected your items, you are ready to choose a method that works best for your dog and your training style.