The Hyperactive and Hypersensitive Dog (HS-HA)

What are the symptoms of HS-HA?

The dog suffering from "HS-HA syndrome" (Hyperactive / Hypersensitive) is permanently overexcited and has always been. He was already the most active in the litter and hasn't changed since. He's a bit like a hyperactive kid.


The adult dog sleeps barely 6 to 8 hours a day and rarely the same hours as his master.

Educating and even raising a puppy with this behavioral disorder is very tricky. Hypersensitive, the dog is unable to concentrate on a simple command, the slightest visual, olfactory or auditory stimulus disturbs him and cuts him off from his relationship with others. In addition, it can happen that a dog suffering from hyperactivity / hypersensitivity does not control his bite, wanting to play it can hurt, this is a deficit of self-controls.


Sometimes the owners think he is completely crazy because the dog bites constantly, causes great destruction, barks in the shadows and can develop obsessive disorders (running around in circles, catching invisible flies ...)


What is the cause of the "Hypersensitive-Hyperactive" syndrome?

This canine behavioral disorder does not appear to have a genetic origin. You have to look for its origin in the first weeks of a puppy's life, often with the breeder and the puppy's mother.


The mother has an important role to play during the puppy's socialization period. It must set the limits of what is acceptable and what is not.


But sometimes this mom is too tired. She gave birth to a very large litter or had too many litters in a short period of time (ideally 1 litter / year and 6-7 litters maximum in a lifetime). The puppies are then bottle-fed, deprived of their mother's educational bases.


Sometimes it is the breeder's fault who removed the puppies too early from their mother. This is the case, for example, with import puppies which, to be sold at 8 weeks in France, are taken 5 weeks from their mother ...


What solution for a hypersensitive and hyperactive dog?

Like all behavioral disorders, HS-HA syndrome will not go away on its own. On the contrary, the dog will sink into his pathology.


The owner, not understanding the reactions of the dog could end up getting angry with his animal who, out of fear, or excitement, could end up biting.

Behavioral therapy must therefore be started very early on, before the relationship between owner and dog deteriorates.


In the absence of instruction from the mother, the puppy must learn self-controls. He must learn to stop playing, to give the ball, to stay in the basket, etc. The help of a behaviorist educator's regulator dog is a real plus in the treatment of a hyperactive dog.


Even if your HS-HA dog is overflowing with energy, certain activities should be avoided completely, especially biting because the dog does not control his bite or his emotions. These activities could therefore cause very serious bites. Pull-up games are also not recommended because the dog will pull on the toy until you let go, leading to competition that will turn him on even more.


Contact Canibest, we will help you set up this behavioral therapy adapted to the HS-HA syndrome.


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