(Closed) My puppy has more energy than I do!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Unfortunately that’s just puppies. All puppies are like that, it’s no joke when people say it’s like having an infant.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper

You need a puppy play date, STAT!

Do you know anyone with puppies or friendly dogs that can tire her out? Let me tell you it was a god send with our pups, they slept all afternoon after a good play date.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Crate training baby!  We jsut got a puppy 3 weeks ago and the crate has saved our lives.  Even on the weekends when we’re home, we put her in there for a “nap” every 2 hours or so.  She’s getting a little better now at 13 weeks, but at 10 weeks, she could play nicely for about an hour at a time, and once she got a bit tired (puppies can sleep 18 hours a day!) she became and absolute A$$HOLE.  Chewing, nipping, growling, leaping around like a demented needle toothed rabbit!  They’re just like toddlers and will fight the nap, but her behaviour is so much better after getting that sleep.

Invest in some stuffable kong toys (we have 2) and rotate them.  I stuff them with kibble, and seal the top with a little smear of peanut butter, then freeze them.  Each time she goes in the crate she gets one as her reward/to keep her occupied.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

What breed is she? How old is she? What do you do right now as an outlet for her energy? 🙂 All those things will make a big difference on feedback. Here are some general suggestions:

1. Crate train her, or make her a puppy-proofed room. I can PM you an article I wrote on how to crate train your pup to love the crate if you want (can also be used to train the puppy to like the puppy-proofed room). A puppy-proofed room is a bathroom or gated-off kitchen the pup can be put away in when you need her out from under foot.

2. Any access she has in your house should be puppy-proofed – nothing on tables she can reach, no shoes on the ground, etc. Make sure she has 2 boxes of toys that you swap out every few days so that her toys don’t get boring. If she does get ahold of anything you don’t want her to chew on, simply take it away and put a toy in her mouth. With consistency she will learn not to chew on things you don’t want her to chew on.

3. More exercise. If she’s worn out, she won’t want to play as much. I’d suggest one or two long walks a day, but I don’t know her age, and young puppies can’t take long walks (or don’t have all their shots to go out). You can also use a flirt pole (like a giant cat teaser, only for a dog), food puzzle games, and training to wear her out. Thinking games (puzzles and training) wear a dog out nearly as much as physical exercise.

There is a long period (I would say until 4-6 months of age) where you will need to watch her constantly or put her in her safe spot, otherwise she will chew on things you don’t want, get into things you don’t want, etc. 🙂 The crate training (or puppy-proofed room) will really help with all of this since you can train her/play with her for a set amount of time, then put her away for a few hours to do work.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with everything @bellagio: said. Is the puppy ever tired after something, like a long walk or fetch?  Best thing you can do is give her more exercise and more mental stimulation.  One great thing to keep a dog out of your hair for a while is to mix up some kibble and wet food and put it in a bunch of kongs and freeze it.  You can also do this with peanut butter, but be careful because PB has a ton of calories.  Feed her breakfast and/or dinner this way and she’ll be occupied and use up a lot of energy.  Kong also make a toy that dispense treats when they play with it, and it makes them run around and use up energy. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My puppy is like that and she is six months. Sometimes she runs around the living room at high speed and noone is chasing her. lol I put her in her crate sometimes and I make sure to keep things out of her reach. She is getting so tall/long so it is hard to keep things out of her reach. She is able to jump on the counter and get food. 

I always say that a puppy is just like a little child. My pup shows so many charateristics of a toddler. Sometimes I go outside and play with her, sometimes I let her run outside for a few minutes, and sometimes we play inside. My dog also likes to cuddle so she will often lay on my feet or follow me when I do chores.

A worker at a pet store told me that it is good to change up the puppy’s toys often. She said to buy inexpensive toys and give her one or two. Then switch it out for others so she won’t get bored with them. I usually check out the clearance in pet stores and go to Dollar Tree/Dollar General/ Family Dollar for my pups toys. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: It’s the rotating that’s key to the plan.. as soon as she sees me pull one out of the freezer she gets excited and runs to her crate.  The next time she goes back in, I give her the other one, and stuff/freeze the original one, so she never gets “meh” about them.  Oh and further to what Bellagio had to say, we have a collapable pen in the living room for her.  If you’re distracted cooking, painting your toenails, watching True Blood (haha) put her in there with her crate, toys etc.  SHe’ll still be in the room with you, but safely contained.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

long walks do wonders.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

OH I though of a couple more:

 

PIZZLES!! totally natural, super cheap, they’re gentle on puppies tummies and they freaking LOVE to chew them.  My boston terrier pup can sit for an hour chewing quietly on a new pizzle.  (They’re dried bull penises…gross, but whatever works right?)

FETCH! I play a fast and furious game of fetch with with her down the hall.  Pizzles actually work really well for this because you can slip them right out of their mouths without wrestling like you have to with a stuffed toy.  10 minutes of her running, and me sitting really helps drain her, and conserve my energy.

LESSON!  after the 10 minute fetch session, work on a command like sit, shake a paw, lie down etc… and that drains them mentally too.  About 2-3 minutes at her age is plenty.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Pizzles (bully sticks) are great. You can actually get them online for waaaay cheaper than in the pet store. Also most beef parts that are sold now (tendons, trachea, etc.) are digestible and safer than rawhide. I get mine at Best Bully Sticks, and they have a ton of weird and digestible chews.

The best book on puppies that was recommended to me as well is called The Puppy Primer. It goes over how dogs learn, how to deal with unwanted behavior (dogs don’t understand the concept of right/wrong or good/bad), etc. We’ve had our puppy now for about 4 months (she about 6-7 months), and she’s doing really great with a lot of positive reinforcement. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

@muckmoo1: Agreed. On days we don’t take our dogs for a walk they are ridiculous! Nothing like exhaustion to make them quiet and calm.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My dog has more energy then me and he’s not even a puppy anymore! Luckily my mom is crazy energetic and loves to take him on super long walks and to the dog park all the time. And we just got a new house with a big back yard, just for him to run around in.

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