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CurlySue 01-14-2008 10:44 AM

Bemused by behaviour!
When Nellie gets to the last stretch of her walk when we're heading home - usually after 45-90 mins walking - she goes crazy at the end of the lead, as though she can't wait to get in the door.

When we get in she cries and whines until I remove her collar, then proceeds to stampede around the house, rolling around the floors and rubbing her head and body over everything she can. Then she goes to her bed and cries and digs frantically. We've just got in from a walk, and as I type she is galloping around the living room rug yipping to herself, alternately pulling the cushions of the sofa and digging them whilst whining and yelping. Oh tell a lie, she's just hopped up onto the beanbag to stare at me.

She's a week away from being 6 months old and gets regular exercise. She has two wet feeds a day (bog standard puppy pouches) plus dry kibble at lunchtime. We think she may have had her first season already.

What do you suppose she's doing?



Hazen 'n Mike 01-14-2008 11:12 AM

Hazen does something similar- just when you think he should be EXHAUSTED - he sprints away as the collar is removed, sometimes even jerking his head out of it as if I am moving too slowly for him- sprints to the living room and starts rolling and rubbing his head on the floors, running up and down the hallway and going spaztic. Cracks me up- I have no idea why he does it either.

skunkstripe 01-14-2008 11:23 AM

Interesting! They sometimes have their quirks, don't they? No idea if there is any deeper significance to it or if it is just puppy nuttiness. :D Sophia has a thing about getting a toy out of the box and then rolling on it. As far as we can tell it's her way of saying how great it is to be alive and to be a Golden Retriever, but if anyone else sees it they think she's gone bonkers. :p

CurlySue 01-14-2008 11:40 AM

Hahaha, yes I had considered that she was just being a puppy! Maybe they're just happy to be back home on their own territory and are celebrating having been for a walk? She also picks toys out of her toybox and flings them around the room...........

CS xx

CountryGirl 01-14-2008 11:58 AM

I thought that you were supposed to limit "forced exercise" such as a walk to 5 minutes times the number of months they are old until they reach full maturity. I know that Minsc is like a child. If he gets too much then he gets wound up and unable to calm down and relax.

Owned_by_Cai! 01-14-2008 12:38 PM

just sounds like puppy insanity to me! :)

agilityk9trainer 01-14-2008 08:50 PM

This is actually a very common behavior in dogs. I suspect it occurs when dogs are somehow limited in their ability to really let loose and run. I saw it strongly in my American Eskimo, and it would always occur after obedience or agility classes.

Although she would be very tired from the activity, her inabiity to just let loose nd run as she pleased seem to build up in her. Upon our arrival home, I would let her go in my fenced backyard where she would run like a banshee for many minutes. Finally, with that pent up energy expelled, she would come in and sleep 'like a dog." My advice is to find a safely fenced in area where she can expel some of that need to run free - without possible injury to herself or other dogs.

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