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Old 10-26-2010, 11:51 AM
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How Do I Calm My Puppy Down?

As a few of you might remember, I have a three month old Pug. He learns fast, and have been nothing but great, but he always seem to be in a really hyper mood. When I walk he tries to walk in front of me, or he just jumps on my leg. I think he might think he's in a alpha position. Is there any way of calming him down. Like a simple trick or something.

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
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Draining the energy =) I am a big fan of food puzzles, like the Buster Cube, Nina Ottosson puzzles, BusyBuddy toys. Wears them out without wearing you out! You will find that a dog who has expended his energy is much more polite.

Also, he's a puppy! Puppies are hyper! For walks stop walking or walk backwards when he starts to pull, he's just trying to get where he wants to go!

Teach him "Sit" and ask him to "sit" when he approaches you so he has something better to do than jump. If you need anything elaborated you can contact me on here or through my blog Training Toto - Positive Dog Training & Pet Advice
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It's normal for puppies to be really hyper. And what clickntreat said about the walking is right, you just have to train him to heel at your side, one way to do that is with treats. You take the treats with you and you can just keep them in your pocket and he'll smell them and stay by your side where the treats are and if he starts to jump up tell him to sit and when he does give him a treat, just not every time. And you can give him a treat as your walking and he is staying by your side. Or clickntreats idea is a good one too if you don't want to use treats. And the idea about the puzzles is good.
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As a few of you might remember, I have a three month old Pug. He learns fast, and have been nothing but great, but he always seem to be in a really hyper mood. When I walk he tries to walk in front of me, or he just jumps on my leg. I think he might think he's in a alpha position. Is there any way of calming him down. Like a simple trick or something.

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
Hi and welcome to the forum!

What you describe is perfectly normal puppy behavior and is not about trying to dominate you. So no worries! He's just happy to see you and wants to get close to you and ideally he wants to get "muzzle to muzzle" like he would with another dog.

More exercise helps a lot with the hyper thing. Play with him outdoors or use a "flirt pole" (think cat toy) to get him tired. Tired puppies are good puppies!

Hang out here a little and I think you will learn a great approach to puppies. The whole "dominance" thing is really being shown to guide folks in a counter productive direction. Check out the threads in the puppy section. There are also some good books in the book recommends forum.

Also, you can post about your specific puppy issues and people are great about giving you training tips to help out.

Welcome! We love puppies here, and puppy questions!
Oh, and if you have pics to post, we love those too!
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

What you describe is perfectly normal puppy behavior and is not about trying to dominate you. So no worries! He's just happy to see you and wants to get close to you and ideally he wants to get "muzzle to muzzle" like he would with another dog.

More exercise helps a lot with the hyper thing. Play with him outdoors or use a "flirt pole" (think cat toy) to get him tired. Tired puppies are good puppies!

Hang out here a little and I think you will learn a great approach to puppies. The whole "dominance" thing is really being shown to guide folks in a counter productive direction. Check out the threads in the puppy section. There are also some good books in the book recommends forum.

Also, you can post about your specific puppy issues and people are great about giving you training tips to help out.

Welcome! We love puppies here, and puppy questions!
Oh, and if you have pics to post, we love those too!
Thank you so much for a well put response. I really do appreciate it.

Here's a couple of pics



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My puppy was the same way. Insanely hyper, and whenever we went on a walk, he tried crossing in-front of me. (made for an annoying walk) I followed the advice given here, and he doesn't do that anymore. He's also calmer when he greets me because I showed him if he jumps, I completely ignore him. So he sits and waits. Be patient and firm with your training and he'll come around.

And yes! Walks help.
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Oh my gosh! Absolutely PRECIOUS! Thanks for the pics.

Enjoy your puppy. They are not wee ones for long. Try not to listen to all the stuff about having to show your puppy you are boss. A pug is about the last breed out there to be dominant. Just trust your OWN instincts about him. He's happy to be with you. He's a youngster with overflowing enthusiasm! That's really what puppies area about! Puppies are a lot like kids... unruly, full of energy, not always well behaved, but basically innocent and without malice. They just cannot help themselves! (Soon enough they are all grown up, and fine adults, despite all our worry along the way!)

Lovely pics. Hope you can post updates on his progress.

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