Importance of Down Time

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Often times we see dogs that are too over-stimulated which can manifest itself in seeing a dog that is hyper.  Most owners will think that dog will need more exercise when in actuality that dog needs the opposite, more down time.  Some dogs have the ability to regulate themselves while some do not and that's where we step in.  For the dogs that can't regulate we will take the time put the dog in a crate or a kennel so they have the chance to rest their brain and body.  Think of a young toddler that doesn't get enough sleep or misses nap time, they can be very difficult to deal with.  If you have a dog that seems hyper or maybe a new puppy, down time is going to be your best friend.  Go ahead and take your dog for a walk, play with them, or have a training session with them but keep it somewhere between 15 - 30 minutes.  After the session put your dog in a crate or tether them to something in the house where they can get some much needed rest.  Give them a 1-2 hours to rest and repeat the process again.  At the end of the day you will have created a structure that your dog will love!