Getting Your Hyper Dog to Relax

hyper, dogOwners 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
  • Agitation
  • Reactivity
  • Sustained emotional arousal and an inability to settle down
  • Paradoxical calming response to amphetamines

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