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Old 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.

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clover often gets a last minute burst of energy before bed time, and wants to play suddenly, i usually let him play for a minute then we go to bed, once there, he settles down right off... i'd say maybe try switching up the routine in distinct segments and alternating between physical activity, training, and alone time type things like chewing a kong or eating from a puzzle feeder, then maybe you can do something that is a bit energetic at that time, followed by a relaxation type activity, and she can learn to settle a bit more at that time...



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Hahah. Every night here. Chilis burst is about 10pm

Training helps more than physical stuff. And its even better if its agility stuff

Will she use puzzle toys? Have you Thought about a flirtpole?

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Oi! Thanks. We'll start doing more thinking games and training and try to do blocks instead of jumping around. We've been playing with cat fishers & need to get some puzzle toys. I'd almost rather she get excited at 10 since it's bedtime anyway. Trying to manage her for those last two hours stops being fun. Ah, well, the joys of puppyhood.
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Yup, and we are still dealing with that "pre-bed-time-energy-burst" and our dogs are 3 and nearly 2 years old. Our new routine is another half mile walk at about 8 pm, then inside for 20 minutes of chaos, then they flop down and turn into "flat setters" for the night!

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