Hyperactive after a walk.

My 18 month parsons JRT loves his walks but goes crazy once back indoors for a while, chasing and trying to dig holes in carpets and chairs etc. Is he overtired, overexcited or just high on adrenalin?? He also tries to nip your toes and runs around barking - this can last a few minutes or longer and only after a walk. Any suggestions as to why this happens would be gratefully received.

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Feb 05, 2011
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I use distracting games to calm my Jack.
by: Cindy

My Parson Jack is 8 months old and he does the same thing. When he comes in from a walk, after a bath or after going out in the snow. What I do is have my kids and husband play a round of tag with him around the house. When he starts panting heavily I put an ice cube in his water dish and that will occupy him long enough for him to calm down. I takes him a while to get the ice cube out, and then a while to chew it. If the kids aren't home to play tag with him, then that is when I give him a raw hide or Nyla bone on his bed to occupy him until he forgets he was frapping. Another good game for getting him a little calmer is to play find it. I put him in a different room and hide a stinky treat (like freeze dried liver or fish) somewhere in the living room and let him sniff it out. Start off easy like on a shelf..... then you can get tricky like in an open box etc. It keeps him concentrated on finding it rather than freaking out.
Regards, Cindy

Jan 10, 2011
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Exercise tips
by: Tom

Hi there,

It's a little hard to say without more details, but I'll try to offer some advice. Either the problem is not enough walking, or too much walking - but with Jacks, it's usually the first one.

Try making it a goal to wear your Jack out so he no longer has the energy to do ANYTHING. You know - tongue lolling around, starfished on the floor. If you can do that, it should take care of the problem. If he still gets hyper after that, it's probably a good idea to introduce him to some organized sports and up the mental stimulation through teaching some clever tricks.

Best wishes,

Tom

Jan 10, 2011
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overexcited after walk
by: Anonymous

My JRT, Ralph, is now 16 years old, but for the first five years he exibited the same behaviours. In fact, every time the phone rang he would chase us down the hall nipping our toes with excitment until we reached the phone. He would also jump up and give you a quick nip (quite painful!) on the behind if he wanted you to do something for him, like a walk or get dinner. He has always found ways to communicate his needs, sometimes in ways that amaze me even now. I think you dog is just like a small child and has become over excited after the walk. Like kids you just have to talk to them calmly and let them grow out of it.

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