It’s easy to throw the term ADHD at dogs who are hyper and out of control. In the majority of those cases, the dog just needs more exercise and a lot more training, but a very small percentage of them might actually suffer from ADHD.
I own a boarding kennel and have seen and dealt with thousands of different dogs. After dealing with many different types of dogs with different training and exercise needs, I have noticed there are a handful of dogs that are “different.” It seems like no matter how mentally and physically tired you make these dogs, they still can’t be dealt with like “normal” dogs. They seem to have no concept that their actions result in consequence. They seem completely over-stimulated by everything around them. They can’t seem to settle down and focus on anything.
For most dogs, putting them on a good diet, getting them A LOT of exercise and giving them mental stimulation and training will make them into, at the very least, a manageable dog. This program doesn’t work with this group of aforementioned dogs.
I have been working with a Boxer, named Bentley, and his owner, Susie, since June 2011. When she first started bringing Bentley to us for daycare, she was desperate. No one would take care of her dog, because he was so hyper and anxious. He would jump 6 feet straight up into the air and bark non-stop for hours. Everyone repeatedly told her to exercise and train him more. She would bring him to me during the day and he would be out in the yard playing with the other dogs all day long, then he would go to agility class and bark through the entire class. He would then pace in the car during the half an hour drive home.
Susie worked harder than anyone I’ve seen, trying to train Bentley. If it took 5-10 minutes to get him to sit for 2 seconds before they took one step forward, that is what she would do. She had a handful of trainers assure her that they could fix Bentley, only to have them never show up for the second session. Susie had tried all kinds of calming supplements and none of them helped. She finally noticed that if she revved Bentley up, he was finally able to focus just a little bit more. The treatment for ADHD in people uses stimulants, not depressants, so we attempted to get her vet to prescribe stimulants for Bentley. The vet ran some tests and confirmed that the stimulants did make a difference, but refused to prescribe them for Bentley.
As a last ditch effort, we decided to try him on the Liquid Health Attention supplement. This supplement is designed to help treat ADD and ADHD in humans and has transformed Bentley into a different dog. He no longer jumps 6 feet into the air. He can sit still and focus. He can walk on a leash without pulling and jumping all over people. He can actually be petted without losing his mind. Susie’s neighbors continually tell her how much better behaved he is. It still blows us away to look at Bentley now and think back to how he was before. Thanks to this supplement, Bentley can now begin on the same start line in life as other dogs, instead of 10 paces behind and Susie can enjoy the dog that she knew Bentley was capable of being.
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