There are probably a good number of hyperactive, high energy, high anxiety dogs out there in need of being mellowed out. JoJo is one of these dogs, unfortunately. On one hand we love the energy because now it's part of her personality...but sometimes, I'd wish she'd chill out just a tad. From day one, JoJo was a firecracker and we're always wondering when she'll calm down, i.e. mature. Five years later, JoJo has certainly come out of the crazy puppy stage, but her high energy is definitely part of who she is. (In fact, JoJo is snorting right next to my chair, as I write this, demanding that I give her attention!!!)
JoJo gets a walk at least once a day but is left at home alone for eight hours each day, four days a week. Obviously, that does not help, but that's life...we have jobs. We have tried a number of things over the years to try and calm her down. If you've ever watched Caesar Milan, which I know you have, then you know that he always takes the dogs on LONG runs to tire them out. So we tried doggie daycare for a few months and while it was very successful at tiring her out, it did not have much of a lasting effect. After a good nights sleep, she was back to her crazy self. Secondly, she tended to harass many of the dogs all day because she wanted to play. We thought that more doggie interaction would help, but some of those dogs are even more wild! Lastly, it was pretty darn expensive...$25 per day.
So one year we dropped JoJo off with my parents while we went on vacation. At the time my parents just got a new dog, Nerone, a mini Australian Shepard. Nerone is one of those naturally calm and obedient dogs. For example, if Nerone is In full sprint and you say STOP...Nerone stops on a dime! We weren't sure how Nerone would handle JoJo but we gave it try. After the one month, JoJo was a different dog. And every year since, we send JoJo to my parents house, a.k.a. Betty Ford, for anxiety rehabilitation. It's very similar to Caesar Milan's technique for rehabilitating dogs with his "pack". I think its more than having human companionship 24/7, because this is not the first time we have left her with someone for an entire month. When Nerone is done with playing he just lies on his back and makes it difficult for JoJo to continue. He knows how to manage JoJo. Nerone's calm nature seems to have an effect on JoJo. After picking up JoJo she responds more pleasantly to other dogs...is a lot more calmer and alot more manageable. Let's see how long it lasts!?
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