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Thread: 3 months old and gets the crazies!

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    Default Rewarding this behaviour is not the way

    Some ppl on this forum recommend turning this into a game. This is wrong! This kind of behaviour should not be rewarded. Make sure the dog is well exercised before the stressful time comes. At the onset of behaviour reply sternly and withhold attention for few minutes to demonstrate that this behaviour is unacceptable. Puppies do go a bit crazy sometimes but it's never too early to start teaching good habits.

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    Yep. My lot have to wait until any game or attention is my call and not theirs. Don't let your puppy set routines, you do it for him. If you find he is going nuts when you get home, don't give him any high pitched greetings "Hi baby! Did you miss me?? Yeah!?" etc etc. Ignore ignore. Do what you do, putting bag / shopping away etc. If he's jumping around your legs, walk out the back door, still without acknowledging the behaviour, then step back in and shut the door. Leave him out.

    When he lets up and lses the mad focus on you, then you play, cuddle etc. So if he jumps around at the door going nuts, then pauses and sits down, or wanders off to sniff something, go and get him.

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    Agree on the ignoring when you come home. I don't like doing it (I just love being greeted enthusiastically when I get home!) but it worked with Banjo who was a crazy jumper and nipper when I got her at 8mo. Now she will still sometimes try nip my pants of feet as I walk around putting my stuff away and stuff, but if I continue to ignore her it only lasts a minute and then she'll just go off to do her own thing. Which is when I call her to me for pats.

    And I haven't raised a tiny pup myself, but is it possible that this may be a sign of the dog actually being tired instead of having too much energy? Like with toddlers? You could try some version of time out when she does it until she calms down. And then you could still initiate play if you think she is up for it, but on your terms.

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    I didn't think this was happening when they got home...i thought it was the late evening play time, with the owner there....I allow play time and redirect biting in puppies
    Pets are forever

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    Ah, sounds like we got off track a bit then.

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    I came across something in the early days (when my pup was similar age),
    It was called teach your puppy to have a soft mouth,
    Newsfie has pretty much described the exercise, but you may like to google that phrase.

    It worked very well, only took the pup about 2 minutes to pick up the idea.
    (I used broken up Anzac bikkies) for the first time, then it was kibble after that.

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    Hey guys

    Yep its later on in the evening. I took him for a second walk straight after work, and he was much gentler all evening, still playing, but with some small quiet bits in my lap, much better!

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    Oh der. Sorry.

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    My Rotti baby is exactly the same!! But so is my 15 month old toddler. After dinner they get the crazies for about an hour and then crash out for the night lol.

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    Hey Tam,

    Yep its much harder than I expected dealing with the toddler AND puppy crazies at the same time! Especially as I don't trust Barney to not pee on the carpet yet, though it has been 2 weeks now without an accident!

    But as I said, that second walk when I got home meant he was much more maneagable, and also not scratching on the door to come in after the walk either.

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