- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
Ok so background info.. we got our first puppy last May. She is now 10 months, and I feel like she is still crazy. Yes I realize she is still a puppy but many of my friends and even my inlaws got a puppy at the same time and I feel like their puppies are a lot more calm and obedient! She is a mini goldendoodle, which people have said are inherently hyper..forever… I hope this isn’t true. Because I am a first time dog owner though, I don’t know if she actually is crazy or if I am just expecting too much. So does anyone have a ten mth old puppy they can compare too? Here are some of the things I have trouble with:
– She is constantly seeking attention. In the evening if we sit down to try and watch TV she wonders the man floor in search of something she can steal and chew (shoes, tea towels, etc). We both have to get up and corner her to get it back.
– She is constantly jumping. She jumps up on the counters and steals stuff. she jumps all over us and any house guests. It makes it embarassing to have people over.
– She pulls lots when walking. We just started trying a slip collar as suggested by her agility trainer, and it has helped somewhat, but she still pulls quite a bit.
– She still nips my husband when playing. She won’t usually do it to me, but when she plays with him she does. Not necessarily his skin, but like will bite and pull on his clothes to the point where she rips his clothes.
– She wakes up at 5:30 am even on weekends. This is kind of expected though because thats what time my husband wakes up during the week.. so I guess this is just something we have to deal with on the weekends.
As much as she frustrates me sometimes, she is also very smart. She knows how to sit, lay down, stay.. she sits before crossing every road, she doesn’t cry or wine during the night, she doesn’t have any accidents…
Is she on par with your ten month old dogs? Are these behaviours you are dealing with? I just want to know if this is normal puppy behaviour that will pass or if we can expect to always see this behaviour?