How to calm a dog – The Calm Freeze Method

How to calm a dogBeing able to calm an exited dog is important and it is the first thing you need to do before you can get it to do other things. A dog who is not calm will not listen to you so you need to calm it down before you can give it other commands.

The “Calm Freeze” method is used by Doggy Dan and it is a very effective way to get your dog calm. The idea of it is simply to transferring your own “calm energy” to your dog. If your dog feel that you are calm it will calm down as well. Dogs are like this, they pick up your mood. If you get angry and upset they will as well, if you are sad, they will feel it and react to it.
So for this method to work you need to be calm as well.

So how does it work, how do you do it? Well you simply put your hand underneath your dog’s collar and calmly hold him/her like that. You do not need to talk, simply remain calm and the dog will soon calm down. Then you can slowly move away and your dog will remain in that state. You will see exactly how it is done by watching the video below with Doggy Dan.

It can not get more simple than that, can it? You hardly do anything at all, simply transferring your state of mind to your dog. This method is useful in a number of situations, for example if your dog is barking or if he is stressed by something like an object or another dog.

I hope you enjoyed this video and that you found it useful. Doggy Dan has a great number of techniques like this, covering just about any situation you can imagine. If you would like to find out more about Doggy Dan and his Online Dog Trainer program I suggest you check out his site by following this link or if you want more information read my complete review of the Online Dog Trainer.

Comments 8

  • Being a dog owner myself, I know first hand that if you are anxious and scared etc., your dog will display that behaviour as well. The Calm Freeze Method seems so simple to do, I will definitely have to try it out. Thanks for this great video, I will check out Doggie Dan’s other videos as well.

    • Yes, Doggy Dan has many simple solutions to problems that sometimes seems hard to solve and I am sure you will find his other videos helpful.

      All the best,


  • wow this is a very useful tip! I have a dog that often barks at the door and at other unwanted times. maybe the calm freeze method will help control this better.

    Doggy Dan seems like a very knowledgeable instructor. his use of the calm freezes looks very natural in the video, and the dogs seemed pretty relaxed. looking forward to more great posts!

    • Thank you, more posts are on their way. The Calm Freeze method really does work. When it comes to your dog barking though, you might want to figure out why your dog is barking. It could be that he/she is afraid, want to alert you or just get exited because there is someone there. I suggest you take a look at this post if you want more info:

      How to stop dog barking



  • Wow! This method seems super easy! My neighbor’s dogs are always full of energy and excited (in a good way, not aggressive); maybe I can suggest this method to him.
    My dog, on the other hand, doesn’t get excited often. But he does get anxious, and I will definitely try this method to calm him down.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  • very helpful
    thank you so much

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