Two questions about my puppy

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Hello,

Anubis is 12 weeks old now I just got him. He has been great so far but there are two things I am working on with him.

The first is, what is the secret to calming him down. For example I can excercise him physically and mentally to do it which is fun and fine but say its around 11pm. Basically such as a command opposite of speak.


The other thing is when we are walking he tends to stop a bit. He does not pull anywhere he just sometimes stops or plops his little butt on the floor. I am trying to get him to talk side by side with my wife and I. He also tends to run into our legs a bit.

Thanks

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IMHO - 3 month old puppies have an on-off switch!  They are either totally on - or totally off!  After 2 years with Brinks I haven't found that calm-down command yet...  Let me know if you find one for Anubis!

Keeping them on a strict schedule helps alot.  One of the rules in this house is no "playing" after 9:30pm.  (Hubby doesn't always adhere to this one which makes it harder.)  When Brinks brings his tug-toy or ball or whatever over to play I'll set it on the floor & say "No Play" then ignore him for a few minutes...  After all his toys are in a pile around my feet, he'll huff a bit then go lie down - usually!

I have to constantly remind myself that males mature slower and that he is in his late adolescence.  (My son pushed the boundaries alot in his late teens - basically until he decided to join the Marines when he was 20!)

As far as the walking/not walking - When his butt hits the floor I think he's telling you one of two things.  "I'm tired" or "I'm bored"  Remember to keep your training sessions really short (he's still a baby!) no more than 5 minutes or so.

Running into your legs - again, he's just a baby.  At that age (if I remember right) he knows he has hind legs - just forgets about them sometimes!!  Brinks used to walk with his front legs on one "plane" and his back legs off to the right or left 1-2 inches on a different "plane"  :)

Good luck!  Keep us posted please on how he's doing

Marti, Brinks & MiLady

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Oh boy, I am so blessed! My 12 week old goes looking for his pillow pile to go to sleep at 9:00 pm. I keep him on a schedule:

  • 5:00 am wakeup, potty, eat, play, potty
  • 6:00 crate
  • 11:00 - 11:45 potty, play, eat , play, potty (my lunch break)
  • 11:45 crate
  • 4:00pm potty, play
  • 5:30pm potty, eat, followed by different activities, potty
  • 9:00pm he is looking for place to crash, and I put him in crate for the night.

I will be starting to feed him 2x a day morn and night after he turns 16 weeks old.

I keep water available at all times.

What is your schedule?

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I just realized I double posted and I am sorry for that. My schedule is supposed to be 7am i wake up and work. (I work from home) So around then is when I walk him and feed him. Then he has an insane amount of energy that I am having trouble dealing with. I can't get much work done. I would not mind if he was just running around but he keeps trying to eat everything except his toys and he chases our cat who has smacked him like 2 times now and for some reason he still chases him. Basically I am home with him until 3pm or so which is when I need him to rest in his crate till 8-9pm when I get back from school. The hardest part is he needs to go to the bathroom over night too much sometimes or he just whines and I cant sleep enough to function. He is a fast learner however. I bought him sunday and he already cries when he needs to go out to the bathroom. Last night I had to leave his crate open because he would not stop barking. When I left it open he just laid back down and went to sleep. He did not make a noise till he needed the bathroom so I was impressed. I live in a studio so he is easy to watch, or hear when he is getting into trouble.

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Hey Andrew87 - after this one let's move everything over to the other thread, ok?

1st - 7 am wake up & work.  How quickly do you start working after getting up?  Can you get up a tad earlier to take him out & tire him out before you start?  Then on a break, tire him out again - then again before you have to leave.  Of course after resting for 5-6 hours while you're gone, he'll be ready to go again - even if you aren't.  At almost 4 months Anubis is probably a bundle of energy!  Start getting ideas of how to mentally stimulate him & get his mind to work for you (lots of them on this site, but maybe we should start a thread about it).  I find that mental challenges are just as quick as physical playing to release some of that pent-up energy.

2nd - night time potty breaks.  I'm not absolutely sure about this, but perhaps he's drinking too much water right before bedtime?  Perhaps you should talk to your vet about taking up his water bowl at a set time each night?  Or it could be that he knows he'll get to go out, so is setting his rules for you?  Rgreen, Glengate & RnD are more knowledgable about this than I so perhaps we can get them to chime in.