Got a hyper dog? Trainer reveals how and why you need to teach your dog the ‘place’ command

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Keeping tabs on a hyperactive dog is a handful, it's just a matter of fact. Things might feel more manageable when you can offer your dog your full attention but when you're trying to complete daily tasks like getting the kids ready for school, prepping dinner or trying to relax - it's a full-time job trying to control a crazy dog.

If you've run through your stocks of the longest lasting dog chews and you're in need of a long-term solution then it's perhaps time you adopted one or two new training methods. The great news is, teaching your dog how to chill out better doesn't have to steal all your time but you do have to be consistent in the beginning to ensure your efforts have a lasting impact.

Hillary Ratcliff Pini, Owner & Trainer of Good Wellesley Dogs Traininghas shared her approach to helping out a hyper dog. Pini's aim is to find effective and easy-to-use solutions for training basic household manners to family dogs. With a bank experience in canine training behind her, we think this tip she shared on Instagram could come in useful for many...

Pini highlights that dogs need to learn to be calm. How do we do this? You start by teaching the place command. A useful way to practice this training method with your dog is by using a place cot which you can purchase from most pet stores or just allocate a place in your home that will be known to you and your dog as its 'place' area.

The next thing you will need is patience. Once your dog is on its place cot do not let it come down, no matter how many times they try make sure you put them back each time they try. Pini assures that consistency will pay off.

In her demonstrational video, the retriever she is working with eventually settles into its place spot until it even rests its head down on its paw to fully calm down. Pini points out in the video, "The dog's state of mind is now calming".

It took her 20 minutes to nail this calming down situation but as with any training method, it won't be the same for every canine. So don't be tough on yourself or your pup if you don't see instant results. Pini recommends practicing this teaching method with your dog daily for at least a few weeks.

You might want to consider other avenues for your hyper dog such as investing in one of the best dog playpens or read up on these 5 activities for a hyperactive dog. Don't forget the Crufts Dog Show 2023 will be happening very soon and we'll be covering the highlights.

Jessica Downey
Staff Writer

With over a year of writing for PetsRadar, Jessica is a seasoned pet writer. She joined the team after writing for the sister site, Fit&Well for a year. Growing up with a lively rescue lurcher kindled her love for animal behavior and care. Jessica holds a journalism degree from Cardiff University and has authored articles for renowned publications, including LiveScience, Runner's World, The Evening Express, and Tom's Guide. Throughout her career in journalism she has forged connections with experts in the field, like behaviorists, trainers, and vets. Through her writing, Jessica aims to empower pet owners with accurate information to enhance their furry companions' lives.