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Dog Training Book Review: Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs

Updated on August 18, 2015

Book Review

It has been a while since I have read Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs by Amy Ammen and Kitty Foth-Regner, but I do remember that it is a wonderful resource for people have hyper and energetic dogs.

The book includes ways to help your dog burn energy quickly and safely, communication skills that will help you gain control, and obedience games and attention builders that will create a closer bond with your dog.

Below, you will find my personal thoughts about Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs and a few snippets from the book's text.

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Calming Your Hyper Dog

Because there are so many different breeds of hyper dogs, you may be one of the sad souls who have to control an energetic dog. Without the proper tools, techniques, and know- how, you may find yourself in a world wind of chaos.

Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs is a great book with tons of advice about how to get your hyper and energetic dog to relax and calm down.

Because the book is a non-fiction book, you want to be in the right mindset to read, as there are no storylines, plots, and characters. You will be reading about dogs and how to calm your hyper dog.

The one good thing is that when Ammen and Foth-Regner wrote the book, they seemed to have this in mind. You will find that the authors wrote a relatively boring topic to include stories of their own dogs and stories of other dog they have worked with, which makes the basic tips and techniques more interesting to read as you can see how and why they were used with other dogs.

If you find that you have a hyper dog that you just don't know what to do with, you will want to consider purchasing this very book. To the left you will find an Amazon button or below you will find eBay options, both offering the book at cheap, discount prices.

I am a big reader in dog psychology and behavior, and I have found that there are many books available for sale that are written by lesser experienced authors with basic knowledge, which means boring and un-inviting, but when reading Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs, I was able to connect to what I was reading in a way that will definitely help me in the future. Hopefully, you too, will have the same experience when reading the book, and hopefully you will be able to implement some of the techniques in order to make you home less chaotic with your hyper and energetic dog seeming to run the show.

Snippets from the Book

  • Some breeds seem to have earned a special place in the chronicles of hyper-dogdom. ... But there are always exceptions, and generalizing is as useless in canines as it is in humans. There can be wide variations within each breed, even among littermates.
  • Communication is the very simple secret of transforming a hyper dog into the ultimate companion. It is also the foundation of all obedience training.
  • Forget trying to manipulate your dog through shame.Dogs don't experience guilt at all; the pained expression they may wear when we berate the is simply the result of confusion and, perhaps, fear.
  • It seems we're all busy these days- often too busy to give our hyperactive dogs the attention they want. ... Fortunately, there's good news: We have at our disposal a wide range of high- octane activities to release the hyper dog's pent-up energy quickly and thoroughly, using only as much of 'our' energy as we can spare.
  • There's just one thing to keep in mind: The common denominator of all successful programs for hyper dogs is mental stimulation.
  • We all want out hyper dogs to have peaceful, comfortable homes in which stressors have been reduced to an absolute minimum, homes where they're free to rest and play in comfort while human traffic flows quietly past. This can be accomplished even under serious space constraints.

  • Teaching hyper dogs tricks can be a great way to channel his energy into something constructive, to interrupt misbehaviors, and to regain control over him.

  • We're social creatures, we humans. So are our dogs. And that may be the primary reason so many of us gravitate toward organized canine sports. ... especially for a dog who's hyperactive both mentally and physically.

  • Over the course of your lives together, you and your hyper dog are bound to encounter potentially upsetting circumstances. But with the right attitude and tools, you'll be able to sail smoothly through just about all of them- 'and' transform your dog into a perfect companion in the truest sense of the word.

St. Bernard/Collie mix, Pit Bull, Yorkshie Terrier
St. Bernard/Collie mix, Pit Bull, Yorkshie Terrier

Hyper Dog Breeds

When reading Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs, you will find an incomplete listing of dog breeds that are common and prone to being hyperactive, which may help you in the future if you want to avoid caring for and raising a hyper dog. The listing is as follows:

  • Small Dogs: American Eskimo Dog, Beagle, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, Daschund, Jack Russell Terrier, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Pomeranian, Poodle (Miniature and Toy), Pug, Rat Terrier, Shuh Tzu, Toy Fox Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
  • Medium Dogs: Australian Shepherd, Boxer, Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Pit Bull, Rottweiler
  • Large Dogs: American Bulldog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Bull Mastiff, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Newfoundland, Scottish Deerhound, Greyhound, St. Bernard

Remember that a larger dog does not have to be terribly hyper before the behavior becomes troublesome, so it can be very important to find ways and techniques to calm your larger dog.

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      8 years ago

      very interesting, I was searching same information that is shared in this hub, training of dogs is not easy but its fun if you know the ideas that mention here

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      8 years ago

      I have been looking all over for information on a St. Bernard/Collie mix in relation to it's size... and it just so happens that the one on this page looks strikingly similar to mine! Do you have any information on this dog or is it simply from the book discussed?

    • kimballtrombone profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. We have a Logotto puppy and are trying, with mixed success, to keep it from jumping on our little toddler all the time. I'll have to check out this book.

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      8 years ago

      Great review. I have a hyper puppy. I will consider this when i train my dog.

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      8 years ago

      I've had several high energy dogs. I got them into a variety of different dog sports such as agility, flyball and competitive obedience. We also used to spend hours backpacking with them. They had their own backpacks and had enough energy to pull my husband and I up lots of mountains.

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      Pamela Dapples 

      8 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      I've had a hyper dog and loved her. Now I have a very well-trained dog, but she's not mine. I just walk her and look after her a few hours a week while her owner teaches dog obedience classes. So I take the dog, Blondie, for a big walk and I must admit I love feeling like I know how to not have a hyper dog. I use all the commands, but I didn't teach her the responses. One day, I'll start over and get a hyper dog and I will become obedient to the discipline necessary to train the dog. (lol)

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      9 years ago

      I agree, socializing your dog at a training school can be beneficial but if you find that the trainer there is not very experienced maybe you'll want to find a local dog kennel or club. Just go to Google and type in your city and the breed of dog you have to find a local club for your dog. Most of these clubs have a very low membership fee but are full of experienced trainers in your breed... Great hub Thank you!

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      10 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Wow, very interesting. I have a hyper dog. Thank you.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Dog training is a great idea, but the local schools only pay off if the trainer is actually experienced. IE petsmart and petco trainers are typically no experienced with 2 weeks of training before they're allowed to teach. So definitely keep that in mind.

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      10 years ago from Frisco

      I have a weimaraner at home and we have done some extensive training. Great hub. I'd recommend everyone go to ther local dog school as well. Spend the time up front and it will pay off in the end. :)


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