08-18-2012, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Bridgford
I have a 3 and a half month old Miniatuer Schnauzer puppy, he has been with us for just over 3 weeks now. We have him in a routine of an hour off leash walk over the fields in the morning followed by obedience treat training before his breakfast, then a 45minute walk at lunch followed by another obedience session and some toy time, and then an hour off leash walk over the fields before dinner followed by more obedience training and toy time, and a later obedience session.
I'd have thought this amount of mental and physical exercise for any dog would make them tired, but even late at night he is still hyper running around, playing with his toys (and trying to nip us!) We've heard about dogs being 'over tired' so we schedule sleep times into his day, putting him in his crate and telling him to calm down. This works for 10-20mins and then he starts chewing his bedding, his bone, or just watching us move around.
When we first had him he played then slept, played then slept, as we assumed puppy's do. He has been on the same food since then to now, so we don't think it's a dietary issue.
I'm just a little worried that this hyper active behaviour is not just typical behaviour? Any light shed on this would be great! Thankyou.
Perhaps his endurance is growing. He's being better able to recover from the mental exercise and the physical activity is making him stronger. I know some of the mental things I used to do with Wally that used to challenge him are now like "that's it? too easy! I want more!"
I would take it as a good thing and step up the challenge of the mental exercises while keeping up with the physical workout you're giving him. Increasing the mental side seems safer since you don't want to overwork his growing body, and mental activity can be more tiring as well.