Owners of very active dogs are often convinced their pups are hyperactive and have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders. Do these conditions really exist in dogs?
True hyperactivity, or hyperkinesis, is a rare condition in dogs. In order for a clinical diagnosis to be made, most or all of the following symptoms should be present:
- Increased resting heart and respiratory rates
- Failure to adjust to common stimuli like everyday household noises and activities
- Sustained emotional arousal and an inability to settle down
- Paradoxical calming response to amphetamines