If you have a dog and live in a part of the country that has season changes, your dog has gone completely bonkers and is excited and overly stimulated by everything, right? Dog Disneyland Season has arrived! Young dogs, especially, have all gone nuts with the cooler weather, new smells, new sounds, and especially the abundance of squirrels, rabbits, and the like.
After several weeks of amazing progress, my pup Casey has lost his mind and gets overly excited and stimulated by everything – as have most other dogs I know. Much as it’s fun to watch, it’s also an exercise in patience, right?
Oh well. The good news is that they’ll eventually get used to it, settle down, and remember to use their brains.
If you don’t already know this, one thing to watch is for their excitement going over the top and getting them in trouble – especially if you take your pup to a dog park. Overly excited and stimulated dogs can get into fights. Personally, I’m restricting Casey’s park trips only to times when there are very few dogs in the park. And he’s spending a lot more time on a long line where he can run around a bit and burn off steam but I can hang onto him when he loses it.
Patience! They will find their brains again. Eventually. I’m reminding myself to laugh at the silliness and not get frustrated by the total lack of focus. After all, how often do you get to go to Disneyland for a whole season?