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Old 11-25-2013, 09:23 AM
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Crazy around 7:00 pm...


I have a new puppy, she is a mix breed but probably has some Jack Russell Terrier in her. She's around 10-11 weeks old (we estimate). She is a fairly good dog, we have taught her a few commands and she gets a lot of love and attention, lots of play time, a variety of interesting toys, etc. She listens fairly well, except at night...

Around 6:30 (after the humans eat dinner) we sit in the living room to watch TV. We usually toss a few toys around and the puppy is happy to play with us and the toys. If we sit anywhere but on the floor, (couch for example) she will become irritated and start flying around, snapping, growling, barking. It's not good. At that point, it's hard to go back and "give her what she wants" - I don't want to sit on the floor and get her thinking that acting crazy gets rewarded. If we even try to re-direct to her to a toy at that point, or get on the floor to go through commands, she has zero will power to listen to us. Our hands, feet, pants, etc all become chew toys. Suggestions? Advice? Maybe she will just outgrow this? Last night she was SO out of control that I told her (very calmly!) "time out little girl" and set her in her playpen to relax for 1 minute. I went back at 1 minute to check on her, talked calmly to her, and let her out of the play pen...she walked right over to my husband to lick his face and ears. Totally different dog.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:37 AM
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The puppy witching hour, lol. For mine it was closer to 8-9 pm but it's super common for puppies to have sort of a crazy time in the evenings.

I think time outs are fine, just calmly put the puppy in a quiet area (crate is fine, that's what I did) with something to do until they calm down. Because Squash's was later at night, a lot of times he'd fall dead asleep within a few minutes and then it was just bedtime.
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Our general bedtime is around 9:00 in our house, I feel bad putting puppy down for the whole night that early for some reason. Although last night she went down at 9:00 and didn't wake up till 4:30-5:00 am this morning which was wonderful. Just trying to keep her awake throughout the evening is difficult sometimes. I let her take a little 15 minute cat nap but not sleep for an hour in the evening anymore.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:43 AM
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I'm so glad I'm not the only one dealing with this. My 10 week Westie is always super rambunctious and loud, barking and being a jerk around 8-10 pm even if I have exercised him to death all day. It's like he's a toddler that knows it's almost bedtime and is running away from mom refusing to go to bed. It's annoying because that's when all the roommates are home!
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Ah yes! Time for puppy overtired hyperactive behavior, barking, land-sharking, etc. Oh, and my favorite -- the zoomies!

VERY common, and she will grow out of it. Nothing wrong with re-directing her if it suits you. It actually teaches her default better behavior. But absolutely, a time-out (nicely, not as punishment) is perfectly appropriate. Often, they conk out when you put them somewhere quiet. As long as you don't present it as punishment, it's fine.
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In our house it's called the "7pm Madness"

In the span of 5 minutes (it only normally last 5-10 minutes) they will systematically take all of their toys out, bark loudly at nothing, wrestle with each other and generally go mad! At approximately 7:10 all is calm and you'd never know anything had happen (except for all of their toys being out). There isn't anything wrong with doing a quick time out - tonight for example they were being particularly bad so we gave them a minute time out.

As for it getting better. I'm still waiting for that...
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Totally normal. My pup, Brooklyn, still has the zoomies right around/before bedtime. She gets a ton of exercise and love but I suspect it's just from being a puppy and having little self control. This behavior has subsided significantly because we ignore it. We never punish it but we chose to not be a part of it. She is just about 5 months old one and is calming down a lot through positive reinforcement and exercise. Some times she becomes destructive and/or nippy and she gets a time out in the crate. Usually she comes out of the crate yawning and sleepy and settles down. Just be consistent, calm and positive. The zoomies freaked me out at first and I tried to stop them. As soon as I figured out that it was just puppy behavior, it just became cute ( when I ignored it and she didn't scoop me into her zoomies)
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