05-10-2011, 11:17 PM
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Normal puppy energy or needs more exercise?
Right now the puppy gets attention about 8 hours a day at various times. From 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. my SO is home with her. She naps a lot and they play together and do some training. She also has some time where she is in the bathroom during this period (maybe 2 hours max). She's put in the bathroom at 1 and when I get home at 5:30, I literally play with her from 5:30 until 9 p.m. or later (throw ball, run around the yard, run around the house, redirect to different toys, find her chews [that last 10 minutes at the most], some training, etc.).
At 8, I am ready to be done (usually need to start homework at this point), but she gets this giant boost of energy. She wants to run more, play with the cat constantly, (and more recently) bark at every noise - where before playing (except ball throwing and running around the yard) was pretty medium energy. She barks at engines mostly (we are by a road), and knocking noises. We can't let her in the backyard without being on a leash after dark because she barks at everything and gets her little hackles up (in the day time she seems fine). I've done some clicker training and CC to the noises, but it seems like it could be more related to the boost of energy.
Is this normal, or do we need to start looking at running her or something? She's like puppy ADD.
Last edited by seebrown; 05-10-2011 at 11:21 PM.