Calming An Overly Excited Dog

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How to calm an overly excited dog: Expert tips and tricks for a happy dog

September 28, 2023

There’s nothing quite like the joy of coming home to an excited, happy dog. However, some dogs can become overly excited while out and about, jumping up on their guardians or others.

Here are some tips and tricks for calming your overly excited dog and helping you manage your dog’s behavior.

happy dog with big tongue out

Understanding the behavior

There are many reasons why a dog can become overly excited.

Your dog’s excitement is a natural reaction to seeing you or people they know, finding new smells, or seeing things that make them happy. However, things can become a little difficult when your dog doesn’t settle down quickly.

The first thing should do is to make sure you don’t reinforce such behaviors with attention, as this can encourage your dog to repeat the unwanted behavior.

Helping to calm an overly excited dog

When your dog becomes overly excited and jumps on you, Monteith recommends ignoring the behavior and redirecting them to a desired behavior. “Turn away and ask your dog to sit. Once they do it, praise them and reinforce what you want by rewarding them with something they love, like a treat or petting them,” says Monteith. “By ignoring the behavior you don’t want, in this case, your dog jumping on you, you are ensuring you are not reinforcing that behavior.”

Keep in mind that consistency is key when it comes to managing your dog’s behavior. All members of the household should be on board with this approach, and you should do your best to inform your friends to ignore your dog’s behaviors when they are overly excited.


dog receiving treat at AnimalKind training session

TIP: Turn away and redirect

  1. Ignore the behavior: When your dog begins to jump up or become overexcited, turn away from them and ignore the behavior.
  2. Ask your dog to sit and stay: For this to work, your dog should already be trained to understand the sit and stay cues.
  3. Once they do it, reinforce the behavior by praising and rewarding them with a treat or petting them

Teach them alternate behavior by redirecting their attention away from the stimulus and offering a reward your dog loves. This reinforces the new behavior and helps you manage your dog’s excitement levels.


dog sniffing grass looking for treats

TIP: Toss treat to interrupt the behavior

This is an excellent tip for an emergency. If your dog starts getting excited again:

  1. Toss treats: By tossing treats for your dog, you are giving them a chance to interrupt the behavior
  2. Your dog gets busy getting treats and stops jumping
  3. Think ahead and be aware of the environment so you can prevent the behavior from happening

“Tossing a treat interrupts behavior and moves the dog away from the person. This gives them time to move away. Tossing treats also keeps the dog’s head and feet down, so they learn good things are on the ground,” says Monteith.

Mindful guardianship

Being a mindful and responsible dog guardian is essential to managing your pet’s behavior.

Pay attention to your dog’s wants and needs and look out for natural behaviors that are often misunderstood by humans.

Keep in mind, dogs will be dogs, and they are trying to communicate with you – if they’re chewing on the leash or anxious to get going on their walk, they’re just being dogs, and they’re not trying to be bad or make you upset.

Take the time to provide them with adequate exercise, socialization opportunities, and training to help prevent this behavior from developing. Remember, you need to teach your dog what you want them to do.


Corgi on leash with owner at a park.

Seeking help to manage your dog’s behavior

If your dog is exhibiting unwanted behavior such as jumping, that is hard for you to manage, you can take action to address these behaviors by consulting an accredited dog trainer. You can find one with a simple google search for Dog Trainers Near Me. They can help you create a plan that will keep your dog happy and calm while building a stronger bond between you and your dog.

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