01-08-2009, 04:29 PM
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You are discovering what I was going to suggest. He is having an explosion of energy after your walks which shows that he has not used up as much energy as you hoped on the walk itself. It sounds like he is very well behaved on the walk, so after working hard to please you he is blowing off steam. My dogs often have those "happy explosions" -- I call it "go, dog go!". They grab a toy or stick and tuck their butts and run like maniacs. Then they give a big sigh and go back to being calm. My dogs get to run off-leash daily. Sometimes they do wild go-dog-go's during our outings -- had several today in the snow after we missed running yesterday due to the rain and sleet and the ground being a covered in ice
. Mine are all Labs and have plenty of energy and running is part of being a dog! Your boy is not trying to be bad - he is just releasing pent up energy. Either ignore him and let him do it for a few seconds (doesn't usually last longer than that) or make sure he gets a lot more physical activity while you are still outside so he is truly physically tired.
Re: crates. Dogs like them unless you turn them into something bad. Let him come and go with the door open, give him treats in there and make it a comfortable place.
It sounds like you are doing a good job and he is lucky to have you -- third home's a charm