Alexis 11 Months and back to not sleeping or behaving!

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Alexis will be one year old on Christmas Day and yet since she turned 11 months old - She acts like a totally spoiled brat!!! She is more demanding then ever and challenges me constantly! I dont tolerate it but she wears me out! She goes to bed at 8:30 and is up by 2!!!  We normally get up at 3:30 or 4 but she wont sleep that long. She wont EVEN sleep in her crate any more - she has a bed right in our bedroom with us that occasionally gets destroyed but for the most part she is good about it. She sleeps soundly up until 2 - then its HEY ! EVERYBODY UP!! She is never alone - and has a electric fence outside - so she runs alot.  We give her toys that make her use mind and toys just to wear her out! And lots of Kongs to chew on.! She loves ALL people and likes other dogs but doesnt have too much use for them.  She mostly wants to be with my husband. But she is ALLL ABOUT ALEXIS!!!  Now -- The question is ......Is this normal at this age or do I just have an insane spoiled pre madona! Which by the way is BOTH my husband and my fault!!!  We loves her lots!!! Rena

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Sounds like you have been hit full force by the Doberteens!  Fasten your seatbelt.  

Any chance someone can take her for a long walk just before bed time?  Or keeping her awake a couple more hours?  We have the black kong and smear a small amount of peanut butter just inside the hole.  He'll lick that thing for an hour.   They are very washable and I use a baby bottle brush to clean the inside later.   And while the dog is out for a final walk, try hiding tiny little pieces of a favourite treat around the house so the dog has to use the nose to find them.  We tell our dogs "it's game time" & they go nuts trying to find them all.  Even after all the treat fragments have been found, they keep searching the same areas over & over again in case they missed something.  I am sure others will have suggestions too.   Daymian will be getting a flirt toy for Christmas.  Looks like it will help burn off some energy. 

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Thanks DJ's Dad!! When do these Teen Years settle down!!??? I had a male dobie about 30 yrs ago and I dont remember him being the handful that Alexis is....course I was alot younger and maybe my memory isnt very good now! LOL!

Kar-jinx! I think you are right!!! And I thought the puppy stage was tough some days! LOL!!! Alexis gets alot of excercise and still wants to keep going some days and then other days - it can be raining outside and we are busy and she doesnt get much excercise and She sleeps ALL NIGHT! Seems like it is what ever mood she is in!!!!! and lately it is PLAY W/ME 24/7!!! IM NOT SLEEPY!