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Old 11-09-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Don't know what to do with her energy!!

Hi everyone,

We're having a bit of trouble harnessing Nellie's excessive levels of energy!

She is 14 weeks old, weighs about 2kg and has 100g per day of James Wellbeloved Puppy rice/kibble. When she goes to work with my husband, she runs around like a lunatic ALL DAY - play fighting with the other dogs, riding around on farm machinery, chasing leaves, digging holes and playing tug-of-war with any moving garden implement (rake, broom etc). She has ample opportunities to sleep - she has a lovely bed by the heater in the greenhouse there, and when necessary Kris puts her in her bed in the car - but she either lays there awake, or fusses to be out playing.

Even when she gets home after a day like that, she's still full of it. So imagine what its like on the days I have her with me at home, when I'm trying to do my reports!

I have plenty of time to walk her - she walks very well, on a short lead and on a flexi, and she can also go off-lead as her recall is brilliant. I've asked around a bit about how much exercise she should have, and it varies - the vet said 10 mins twice per day, building up by an extra 5 mins every 2 weeks. I think the consensus on this forum was 10 mins for every month of her age, i.e max 30 minutes (thats what I've been sticking to), but the puppy trainer said 1 minute for every week of her age.

I'm not sure what to do - she needs another way of burning off all this energy. She's a small breed and the vet said that as she would mature at 6 months, the limits weren't so critical - she's just over 3 months old already - but whilst I feel that 14 minutes is not enough, how much is too much?

There has to be a way of channeling her exuberance!

Thanks for any comments

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Old 11-09-2007, 12:38 PM   #2
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If you have a treadmill make her walk on it.
I bought my dogs a Doggy Backpack and filled it with water jugs when we go on walks and that burns energy.
What kind of dog is she, are you sure shes going to do a total change around in excercise levels in the next three months?
If your at work or at home and need some time to yourself ty filling a kong with kibbles,that will keep a pup quite for a while.
She just sounds like a normal active pup, i hope you find some good advice to help you out
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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She is way too small to be carrying something,on her back.This type of exercise should wait until she is,at least,a yr old but it's a good idear for an older dog!.
I would make her lie down cos a pup needs to stop.Even if she doesn't sleep,she relaxes her muscles!.Keep doing what you are doing!.
Depending were you live,swimming is a good activity!.Even the bath,would work in yr casecos she is so small!.
she is very cute,by the way!.
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She is just being a happy healthy puppy right now. She will wear down. Try to teach her some Obedience commands when you can get her at the moment of being some worn down, lol.? She will grow out of this as my Shepherds are very high ball drive, they went through this not all the same, but they grow up. She does need to learn, to play or walk with you. If your busy with a business do not forget about teaching her some? I know it is hard to take time but this is her time to learn before getting too much older. Pups I think are easier to train than older dogs. She is sooo cute though. I know what your going through. Just try to work on it some. Get The Monks of New Skete book or video maybe from amazon. I copied a friends videos and some of the things made sense, some I did not like. Just start to try and teach the lead, heel, sit, stay, etc. Good luck.
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She is way too small to be carrying something,on her back.This type of exercise should wait until she is,at least,a yr old but it's a good idear for an older dog!.
I would make her lie down cos a pup needs to stop.Even if she doesn't sleep,she relaxes her muscles!.Keep doing what you are doing!.
Depending were you live,swimming is a good activity!.Even the bath,would work in yr casecos she is so small!.
she is very cute,by the way!.
yeah i was unaware of how small she was until I looked very closely at the pic
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Don't do any forced excercise (absolutely not a treadmill) but letting her run around and play at will is fine. You don't really need to measure that so long as you occasionally show her she can lay down and relax if she's tired. She's also small enough she can run around the house without destroying things so you don't really have to worry about long walks. Just give her some interesting toys, let her run around, and keep an eye on her. You may have to experiment a little to see what she likes best but for puppies and less destructive dogs plush puzzle toys are good. They have to pull the little squeaky stuffed animals out of the holes and then can run around playing with them until you put them back in. For those that like to chew and destroy more a kong is good. You can stuff all sorts of food items in there and some will be occupied for hours trying to get it all out. Do still make sure to take her on a few short walks during the day not just for exercise but to interact with you and teach leash manners but I wouldn't rely on that for getting rid of most of her energy. Puppies tend to bounce back after 5mins of rest so unless you want to go take 10min walks every 10mins you won't really keep them worn out. You'll have to find something that keeps her occupied while inside.

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I agree with all those who are warning against forced exercise, backpacks, etc. She is way too young for that. Games of fetch, frisbee, tug-of-war, long walks, short runs, are all she should be expected to do at her age. Play, play, play to release that energy.
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also.. maybe she gets too much interaction...

she sounds almost stressed to me..

Something Ive noticed is that puppies that don't get a quiet sleeping time can get problems focusing and learn to rest and relax. So they end up being hyperactive cause they are sleep deprived.

A healthy 14 week old puppy should sleep in average 20 hours a day, you have some individual exceptions but they are usually not that many. Of course a smaller breed might sleep less due to a different maturity state than the bigger ones but that is what I've heard.

Maybe you should try to crate train her and see if that helps her relax so she sleeps properly and see if that makes any difference. She needs to learn to be passive too, and you guys should be the ones that decides when playtime is.

Good luck with the cutie!
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I would disagree that a healthy puppy should sleep 20 hours a day. Maybe this is a breed thing, and some large breeds need that sleep. But my sheltie gets around 14 hours a day. Otherwise, he's wired and ready for sound. Of course, he's been bred for high energy, so he's a bit different than the average bear. Still, I think this pup is just a high energy baby. I agree that you dont' want to force exercise, but let her have plenty of romping and play time. And, do make sure her play includes interactive play with you. And, yes, it's time for obedience, too. Sometimes overactivity can mean lack of mental stimulation. I would already be training this baby in obedience and have her enrolled in a puppy class. You can burn a lot of energy just by making a pup think! I have a thread under training about training an agility pup. This will give you an idea of some of the things (minus the agiity behaviors) you should already be working on.
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I thought she was already going to classes. Did I mix her up with another pup? I was just assuming that she was getting her obedience training mixed in. If not, I agree that needs to be a focus here too.
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