Why is my dog acting up on his walk? What can do I?

asked 2020-12-30 21:06:08 -0600

My dog is little over a year now. With the exception of the last month or so, he’s always been very good on walks. However, recently whenever I walk him he will all of the sudden get in a playful, SUPER energized mood where he will start randomly running in one direction, run in circles around me, roll in someones yard, grab a stick and lie down to eat it, get into a low crouch like “cmon lets play” and start wagging his tail while backing away (almost like he’s playing “keep away”) and jumping like he’s happy to see me. Nothing has really changed as far as I can tell (both at home and on walks) so I have no explanation for the behavior and am searching for help. He’s a pretty strong dog, so its not easy to control him when he gets like this. And giving him commands when in this mood usually just further energizes him. Sometimes it seems like a scent will set this into motion but other times it seems unprovoked. Any suggestions as to why this may be happening or how I can get him to calm down while walking?

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