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Guess what? My puppy goes crazy sometimes too. Does this sound familiar:
Puppy springs across the room, runs into the wall, jumps up on you, bites your hand, pulls on and tears your pant leg, dives under the couch, sprints back and runs into the screen door…repeat for 30 minutes.
Yep! Those are our pup’s exact actions this morning!
Not to worry folks, you’re not alone.
Every puppy we’ve raised has had these momentary lapses of craziness before reverting back to that calm, sleepy puppy lying on the doggy bed. A sleeping puppy is a good puppy. 🙂
My Puppy Goes Crazy Sometimes!?
We recently got an email from a reader asking us if we thought her puppy might be the spawn of Satan…
…I wanted to ask you if there could be a serious issue with my puppy.
I think she is the spawn of Satan or at the very least possessed. When she is being corrected or is extremely tired she turns into a vicious out for blood puppy.
She is 9 weeks old…she will not submit for over half an hour till I give up.
Then she passes out (not without one last lunge at the face). She makes god awful noises also during this time…is this normal?
I’ve been praying to God more the last few weeks than I have in my whole life!!!! –J.C
Spawn of Satan…Vicious puppy…Out for blood…
Our assessment? She could be:
- Vampire – after all puppies do have little dagger like teeth.
- Zombie – the zombies that sprint like in Zombieland. Not the slow Walking Dead zombies.
- Spawn of Satan – according to the Omen that would make her puppy Damien.
- Puppy – with a case of the zoomies.
Yep, she’s just a puppy, not the Spawn of Satan.
The problem is what do you do when your puppy goes crazy?
We have a few answers that might help save your favorite pair of jeans as well as help you avoid a few puncture wounds to the hands, legs, and feet.
What Do I Do When My Puppy Goes Crazy?
So what do you do when your puppy goes crazy?
- Give Your Puppy His Favorite Chew Toy – A favorite chew toy can get a puppy’s attention off of craziness long enough to calm him down. Plus we’ve heard the chewing motion helps to relax a puppy. We usually leash our pup’s and let them sit by our legs with a favorite toy. Some of our favorite chews for puppies are Deer Antlers (we only use these with our pups and not the older dogs because we’ve heard many stories of cracked teeth), Bully Sticks, Plush Toys, Nylabone, and KONG.
- Cradle Your Puppy – We had the luxury of raising our Golden Retriever, Bear and his siblings since birth and started cradling these little guys since they were one week old. One thing we do when Bear gets the extreme puppy zoomies is cradle him between our legs for a good 5 minutes. This calms him down and usually when we release him from the cradle he wonders over to his doggy bed for a little nap.
- Channel Your Puppy’s Energy In A Positive Way – Instead of letting your puppy go nuts running around the house uncontrollably try engaging in a game on your terms by teaching you puppy to fetch. Our little Bear is a Golden Retriever so fetching his toys comes naturally and he enjoys playing the game. Even if your puppy already knows the game of fetch we’d suggest using a leash or long line to make sure your puppy always comes back to you. This could also be a good time to work on your puppy’s recall and teaching him his name. Getting your puppy’s mind on track can often time break him of the crazies.
- Manage Your Puppy With A Tie Down – Tie downs are a great tool to manage your puppy. When our pups are showing a little bit of their satanic side we will sometimes put them on tie down (always supervised) with a toy. This is very similar to #1, but instead of keeping our puppy near us we have them on tie down away from us.
- Let Your Puppy Take A Break In His Crate – As J.C. mentioned her puppy goes crazy sometimes when he is “extremely tired.” If this is the case we will sometimes use our crate to calm down our puppy, but be careful because you don’t want your puppy to have a negative association with his crate. When our puppy is extremely tired and doing the “crazy thing” he will go right to sleep in less than 60 seconds after being put in the crate. Our trick is we will usually lure him to and into the crate with his favorite treat then once inside the crate we’ll give him a couple treats and in under a minute our puppy is snoring away.
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And that folks is how we solve the puppy crazies.
Every puppy is different so one of these methods will undoubtedly work better than others.
So, if you try cradling your puppy and it doesn’t work to well to calm your puppy maybe a good chew toy or a supervised tie down will work best for your little guy.
Now back at you. If you’ve ever raised a puppy what do you do when your puppy goes crazy?
Tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.