04-18-2014, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by GCB2108
I generally feel like things have been going well with Oban. He's got the attention span of a gnat, but he picks up things super quickly when I can get him to pay attention, and the clicker is helping.
But tonight he was a terror, and I didn't know how to manage it. He was wound up and chewing and nipping at everything. I couldn't interest him in toys or distract him with treats, and I ended up picking him up and putting him in his crate when he started barking at my wife and jumping up to nip at my daughter's feet while she was in her high chair. I think I have an idea of how to address these behaviors over the long term, but before he's learned better manners what is the best course when he is completely crazy and will not listen? I don't want to make him dislike his crate, and while he currently enjoys it, I worry forcing him into it makes it a punishment. On the other hand, when I put him in tonight he whimpered for about 10 seconds and then curled up and fell asleep, so i'm sure a big part of his acting out was just being over tired.
Sorry about the rant, but any advice would be appreciated!
You did right by putting him in his crate
Puppies are like toddlers, they'll be running around, over tired, acting out, and unable to listen, then when you make them lay down to calm them down they fall fast asleep. The way to tell whether he's over tired or just has a case of the zoomies, is the duration. Zoomies generally will last only a couple of minutes and you can just wait the puppy out and enjoy the show. Over tired will just last and no matter what you try the puppy will continue to act out, it's best to just crate them to either give them a chance to calm down or fall asleep.
When you put him in his crate like that give him a nice chew, or stuffed kong to keep him busy so it doesn't seem like a punishment for him.