Bella gets very excited (she's an Aussie mix) and is impossible to calm down - besides putting her in her crate. She tends to get worked up when I play with her and doesn't slow down. She wants to play NON stop. I knew that Aussie's would be active, but lately she never stops. I walk her and even though she is so tired she can barely breath by the time we are done, she gets toys and wants to play. We then play, and play, and play. I'd be fine if throwing the ball would be enough, but she'll start out playing ball just fine, then she gets really hyper and starts jumping on the furniture as we play and jumping on me, Cricket my other dog, etc.. I'll ignore her, but that just makes her even more hyper as she tries to get my attention. I've tried calming her using the method the vet tech recommended (holding her down on her side and 'shhing' her) which will work for about 4 seconds, but any longer and she's freaking. If I release her she just goes wild.
She also fights (not aggressively, just trying to get away) any attempt to exam her by the vet or myself. She will let me touch her paws, play with her ears, etc. Even lets the vet do it without a single problem. But she doesn't hold still long enough for me or the vet to take any type of look at those areas. She begins to pull away and even chews on our hands. I don't say bite, because what she does doesn't hurt, but she is treating our hands like chew toys.
1. What can I do to get her to calm down at night without simply locking her in her crate?
welcome to my world...first do not play in the house. House is for calm, outside is for crazy. I would use those games not as just she can play and have fun. but those games are rewards for behaving. Dogs like this are actually very easy to train, and have the best looing OB.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."