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How to get a puppy to settle

Hello all. I was wondering if anyone had any advice. Bella spends most of her day in the kitchen with me, this is mostly because I spend most of the time in the kitchen so it is easy to have her with me for potty training etc. she settles really well in the kitchen and is quite calm in there. However when we goes into the living room in the evening she goes crazy.

Now I know it is probably because she is not used to the living room, so over the last week or so we have been going in there more often. However, she still will not settle in the living room at night, she goes a bit crazy. I try to get her to settle for a while with a chew, but it never lasts long. I know they don't have an off switch but are there any tips to get her to settle a bit before bed time. The kids would love to sit and have a cuddle with her but she jumps all over them.

She is 16 weeks old.

She is totally amazing but sometimes I can't wait to get her to bed!!!!
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I should probably add that we have been taking her for a walk prior to trying to get her to settle but it makes no difference.
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Sound like she needs more exercise. Being in a kitchen all day is not going to burn off all of the energy puppies have. More exercise in the day will leave less for the night. Maybe a flirt pole will help also to burn some of the energy up.
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Oh thanks, when I mean she is in the kitchen with me I meant when we are in the house. We go for a 30 min walk to the beach in the morning where she plays with other dogs. She also has two 15 min walks one in the afternoon and then one in the evening. We are also out and about picking the kids up as well as playing fetch games and using the flirt pole. Sorry, reading my post back it does seem like she is locked up with me in the kitchen all day!
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Another normal puppy phenomenon is "evening zoomies"... puppies can just go a bit nuts at the end of the day. It usually means they are actually tired and/or over-stimulated.

What to do about zoomies you may ask? ... Laugh and endure them, and let the pup work it off, then put the puppy in her crate for a nap.

One day sooner than you think, you'll have a middle aged or elderly dog, and you'll look back with nostalgia at all this!
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...You wait for Bella to grow up a little.

I was there, I was so there. For at least the first three months, Calypso 100% could not settle down outside her crate, and then it was ANOTHER three months before she could settle down outside her crate or playpen. Even now (10 months) it is a 50/50 proposition, and whether she can or can't seems totally independent of exercise/stimulation factors... ::sigh::

And yeah, it was pretty miserable.
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Haha, thanks everyone. I did think it would be something that got better over time.
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Haha, thanks everyone. I did think it would be something that got better over time.
Ha! Yes, but it will probably get a lot worse first!
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Ha! Yes, but it will probably get a lot worse first!
Great. Lots to look forward too
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