Do you usually take your dog for a walk? You have probably noticed it going a bit crazy as the walk comes to an end. As a wild animal, the dog loves the feeling of excitement as it runs out in the field. Thus, any chance they get to be out on the field, they become very excited.

Therefore, the dog might go crazy after a walk to express its excitement, energetic feeling, or frustration that the walk has come to an end. If your dog does go crazy after a walk, worry not; it is typical behavior among most dogs.

Do you want to understand why your dog goes crazy after a walk? Then, continue reading, and let’s discover this and much more about a dog’s behavior after a walk.

Why Does My Dog Go Crazy Or Hyper After A Walk?

Excitement

It is possible that during the walk, your dog may come across something exciting. It might be as simple as playing with other dogs in the field or having chased some wild animals in the field. Anything that might have excited the dog while on the field could make it go a bit crazy after the walk.

While dogs love the outdoors, they also love their home. After long hours of running up and down on the field, being home can make them overly excited. In this way, as you approach your home, the dog might go hyper to indicate it is glad to be home. 

To burn extra energy

Your dog might be going hyper as an indication that it is still full of energy. In this case, your dog would prefer to be left out in the field for a while. For example, this might happen if you went for a short walk after a long day of staying in the house.

Since the energy still needs to come out, the dog will start running in circles as you near your home. It can even grab something from your hand and starts running, hoping to be chased. So it is best to give it some time out in the home compound and remind it to go potting before entering the house.

Expression of frustration

If your dog starts going hyper after a walk, the possibilities are that it is frustrated that the walk has ended. It is still full of energy, and it would prefer to spend more time in the field. This might happen, especially if you rarely take your dog out for a walk. It is best to regularly take your four-legged friend for a walk to improve its contentment.

Personal emotions

If you start playing with your dog on your way home, you are fusing in an emotional burst of energy in your dog. It will then start playing with you as it runs in circles. Thus, dogs are very good at responding to their master’s emotions. They have an excellent sense of their owner. Allow it time to play in the backyard for a while before getting into the house.

How Do I Get My Dog To Calm Down After A Walk?

Get your dog busy

After a long walk, to reduce the level of excitement and calm down your dog, it is recommended to keep it busy. It does not have to be strainer exercise, but giving the dog its toys to play with can help the dog calm down.

Allow your dog some time to release its excess energy by playing in the backyard with its toys. Then, it will calm down slowly and come to the house looking for something to eat or drink.

Develop a routine

Dogs are very good at following routines. Establish a strict routine and follow it to the latter. For instance, you can decide that after a walk, the dog eats and then naps for a certain number of hours and then goes out in the yard and plays with its toys.

Stick to this routine and let it be a habit. With time, your dog will stop being overly excited after a walk and follow its routine.

Exercise in the yard

After a walk, if your dog is still excited, you can do some exercises in the yard if you have one. You can stick with the dog during the exercise or allow it to play with other pets and dog toys. This will allow the dog to let out its excess energy and calm down.

Provide a long walk

If your dog gets crazy due to the frustration of short walks, it is best to increase the time you spend walking. Especially if your dog has spent all day indoors, it is fair to give it a long exciting evening walk until it is satisfied.

Allow it to get out all its energy by chasing other dogs, and when it is tired, you will know the level of excitement will decrease. If it comes to sleep next to where you are seated on the field, it is an indication you want to go home. As you get home, it will be calm and tired and you just look forward to a relaxing night.

Why Does My Dog Roll Around After A Walk?

To coat themselves with a new scent

Does your dog usually roll on the ground after a walk? It can be confusing, and you might think it is sick, but because of that, possibilities are it is disguising its scent. This is one of the common reasons why your dog rolls on the ground.

After a walk, it feels sweaty and does not want to enter the house smelly. Following its training, it understands that the house ought to be kept clean and not smelly. Thus, it will roll on the ground, especially on the glass, to get rid of the awful smell.

Relieve itching

After exercise, apart from being sweaty, the dog might have an itching back. The only way it can relieve itself from itching is by rolling on the ground. It might do this on the grass outside the house or on the carpet.

However, while this is a common reason explaining your dog is rolling after a walk, it is essential to observe the frequency. How often does this happen? Constant itching could be an indication of other advanced issues. The most common things that could result in frequent itching include dry skin, internal parasites, gland problems, fleas, and allergies.

Internal parasites like tapeworms cause itching, resulting in the dog rubbing its back on the ground. Also, if the rolling is accompanied by biting on its skin, it indicates fleas. External parasites are easy to detect and treat.

 If the dog’s ear glands do not empty, it could result in itching. For example, is your dog allergic to some plants in the field? If it comes into contact with an allergen during the walk, it is likely to become itchy and hence start rolling on its back.  In this case, if the itching is constant and does not seem to result from being sweaty, it is best to visit a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Why Does My Dog Get Excited After A Walk?

To empty its bladder

Dogs are used to potting in a specific location. During the walk, your dog is forced to hold its poo and urine all through. Thus, the dog might demonstrate excitement on its way home as it is about to relieve itself.

Dry off and get warm

Have you taken your dog out on a rainy, snowing day? While the dog will still be excited about spending some time out, it will be more exciting when getting back home. At home, it will dry off near a fireplace and feel warm.

It is happy

Dogs love spending time outdoors. Any time they get to spend outside is highly appreciated. Thus, your dog might get excited after a walk as a sign of gratitude. They might do this every time after the walk, an indication that they love every minute they get to spend outside.

Also, they might be excited about spending time with you. Do you usually leave your dog in the dog’s daycare center or with a setter? It is likely that it misses you a lot and appreciates every minute it spends with you.

Exercise

For how long do you take your dog out after a long day cooped in the house? If you only have a few minutes to walk your dog, it might not be able to release all its energy. Thus, the act of excitement is a way of releasing energy before getting into the house. In this case, after getting home, allow it to play in the backyard before locking it in the house again.

It is hungry

After a long walk, your dog may be hungry or thirsty. Exercising makes it lose water through sweating and increases its metabolism, making it feel hungry. After the walk, do you usually feed your dog? In this case, your dog will be excited after the walk as it expects to be fed.

Why Does My Dog Act Strangely After A Walk?

Injury

While in the field, your dog can get injured. If this happens, your dog might start acting strange. How strange is your dog acting? Is it limping? Does it scream when you try to lift it? If this is the case, check for possible injuries to be sure. Then, visit the veterinarian for a proper medical examination.

Change in walking routine

During the walk, what activities do you do with your dog? For example, do you go to the park and allow it to play with other dogs? Recently have you changed that routine? Have you been involved in strenuous exercise? In the case of a routine change, your friend may be acting strangely in responding to the change.

Bullied

During the walk, did you encounter other dogs? Was the encounter friendly or chaotic? For example, if your dog has been bullied by others while playing on the field, it might demonstrate strange behaviors afterward.

Fear of loud noises

Dogs are sensitive to loud noises and big bright flashlights. So, what time do you take your dog for a walk? It is possible to experience lots of distractions, ranging from flashlights from cars passing and kids’ evening fireworks in the evening. 

If this happens during the walk, you might notice your dog hiding under the seats or bed after the walk. However, the fear of loud noises might continue, and your dog might develop a habit of hiding every time there is noise.

Anxiety or stress

Numerous factors can result in a dog’s anxiety. However, if you are coming from a walk, the anxiety level could have been developed due to meeting new dogs or people. In addition, some dogs are fearful and do not like environmental changes. Thus, if there are new dogs during the walk, it is possible that your dog is stressed and will behave strangely.

Why Does My Dog Hump Me After A Walk?

Playfulness

After a walk, it is likely your dog still has some energy left. It will try to hump you so that you can play with it before entering the house. Try to give it a treat after the walk, like a massage or running in the backyard.

Seeking attention

During the walk, did you play with your dog? If you just leave it to play with other dogs on the field and you usually spend little time with it, it might hump at you as a way of seeking attention. Try to pay attention more while at home and even during the walk.

Anxiety

What happened during the walk? Were there things that could have resulted in anxiety? If that is the case, it could be their reason why your dog is humping at you. Next time, try avoiding all possible causes of anxiety.

Excitement

Your dog might hump at you as an indication that it is excited to be with you. It is a way of appreciating a well-spent time. It would help if you did more activities with your dog as it appreciates every minute it spends with you.

Frustration

How long do you spend with your dog during the walk? After your dog stays in the house for a whole day, the least you can do is take it for a long walk. If you are coming from a few minutes’ walk, the dog might hump at you as a sign of dissatisfaction and frustration.

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