My Puppy Goes Crazy Sometimes! What Do I Do?

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My Puppy Goes Crazy Sometimes. What Do I Do? Puppy Zoomies!
My Puppy Goes Crazy Sometimes. What Do I Do? Puppy Zoomies!

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!

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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.  🙂

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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:

  1. Vampire – after all puppies do have little dagger like teeth.
  2. Zombie – the zombies that sprint like in Zombieland. Not the slow Walking Dead zombies.
  3. Spawn of Satan – according to the Omen that would make her puppy Damien. UPDATE: Do you watch American Horror Story: Michael Langdon Puppy.
  4. Puppy – with a case of the zoomies.

Yep, she’s just a puppy, not the Spawn of Satan.

Since I started raising puppies for Guide Dogs of America way back in 2006 I’ve only had one puppy that may have been the spawn of satan…not naming names, but it was quite the Journey…

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?

Crazy Puppy...It's called ZOOMIES!
Crazy Puppy…It’s called ZOOMIES!

So what do you do when your puppy goes crazy?

  1. 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
    • Bully Sticks – One of or favorites and it takes a puppy a while to gnaw on these things. Packaging says odorless, but these things do have an odor just not as bad as some of the other bully sticks I’ve tried
    • Hide-Squirrel Toy – One of our favorite plush toys. It entertains puppies a little longer because they are busy removing squirrels from the stump.
    • Deer Antlers – we only use these with our pups and not the older dogs because we’ve heard many stories of cracked teeth.
    • Nylabone Dura Chew Toy – Adelle’s favorite toy! Be careful if your pup drops this on your foot it’ll leave a mark.
    • Classic KONG Toy – Some dogs love them (Dublin). Some dogs can care less (Linus). We love it’s simplicity and durability plus you can fill it up with peanut butter and freeze it to keep your puppy busy for a while.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. QUICK RECOMMENDATION: Our tie down is essentially a wire cable similar to this one: Tie Out Cable except ours is only 4 feet long. You can use a leash instead of a cable which we have, but we have had puppies gnaw right through the leash if your not paying close attention.
  5. 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.
  6. Stimulate Your Pup’s Mind With Interactive Puzzle Toys – There are several dog toys that will stimulate your pup’s mind rather than their zoomie bodies. Here are a few we’ve tried and liked:
    • KONG Wobbler – Stetson loved the KONG Wobbler when he finally figured out how to get the treats out of it. Check out our video of Stetson playing with his Wobbler.
    • Aikiou Dog Bowl – We used our Aikiou Dog Bowl to try and slow down Stetson’s eating. It also makes for a great interactive brain toy.
    • Dog Brick Puzzle Toy – I’ve been working with dogs at a boarding facility which has given me access to tons of puzzle toys. This one is one of our favorites for working our dog’s brain.

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.

QUICK RECOMMENDATION: As we previously mentioned we sometimes use the crate to help calm our crazy puppy. We love and recommend the MidWest Life Stages Double Door Crate w/ Divider. We still use the first MidWest crate we bought for Linus over 13 years ago. Can you say durable!

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.

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  1. My 9 week old boxer has her wild moments too, but is a sweet girl overall. We start puppy training next week, so I’m looking forward to us both learning some new things. I haven’t had a puppy since 17 years ago, and I am quite sure this will be the last one, they are too much work!! (Totally worth it of course) Good luck everyone, they will be grown up in no time!

  2. My 9 week old labradoodle loses the plot every morning and evening. She bites, zooms, lunges, tears at clothing, barks at nothing, and cannot be distracted whatever we do. During the day she chews things (to be expected, and mostly toys) but is a different puppy entirely – interactive, happy, relaxed, trainable. I cannot work out what the trigger is for her vampire/zombie spells. I have a routine – first painful nip or tear at clothing, I yelp and stop interacting for a minute. Second nip, a firm no and stop playing or move away. Third nip (and if it has escalated to a third nip, she will be completely wild by now) I just put her in her ‘sin bin’ which is a crate in the living room, and ignore her until she is calm. Sometimes I take her to her large playpen in the garden and sit outside it while she goes bonkers safely and without my need to respond or pay any attention. I’m so relieved we are not the only ones! Who said puppies were cute???!

  3. omg thank you so much! we thought we were the only ones! gives me hope he will grow out of it! :p

  4. I just got a Shih Tzu puppy, and she´s a sweetheart, but she goes nuts all the time. I find that after sleeping, meeting or visiting new people or people she already knows, and especially after going to the bathroom. After going pee she´s fine, but after going poop she goes absolutely crazy. She turned 11 weeks today and I know she´ll eventually grow out of it, but why do specific things trigger it?

  5. So it’s NOT good to just let them do that? I thought it was just part of puppy-hood! I had Alaskan Huskies (the Thoroughbred of huskies) for a while (ran a dog sled team) and they would do this in fast forward! They love to run… for ages. So when I had other breeds I thought it was normal/necessary and only varied in time and intensity LOL
    Ok so about those crates, they are clanky because they are metal and don’t look like a den at all. Do you use a cover?

  6. Our 10 week English Springer Spaniel puppy is also Denomic! I got a Bark Worthies Big Cheese Chew from Petsmart last night & it finally helps deter his chewing on furniture legs & under the sofa/dining chairs. This is after playing & fetch time & he is just looking to chew. When I correct his behavior he turns into the biting Devil Dog!
    Is it also him trying to be the Alpha in the house? When I walk him outside & he doesn’t want to walk or go inside, whatever, he refuses to move & lay down? Do I need to be firm with my request or just pick him up? I’m worried if I don’t correct this behavior now, he will not behave when he is too big to pick up & still trying to bite me? Suggestions Please!

  7. The first thing that i do to my pup every time he goes crazy is i’ll pick him and hug him while scratching his head gently it makes him calm actually a very effective remedy.

  8. I’ve got a four week old puppy that when you pick her up she starts spazing out she whines real bad and goes crazy shits on herself I’m worried about her please let me know what to do.

  9. My 10 month old 75 pound puppy does this for at least 30 minutes between 8and 9 pm every evening. He is so big and I’ve tried redirected his energy to no avail. This evening he clip me and knocked me down into a table. When I finally got back up I did the only thing that appears to work. I put him in time out in his kennel.

  10. Really? Mine too. I just thought he’s going crazy so I decided to have some precautions instead if ever he gets out of sight. I would attach a tracker to him just to feel assured that he won’t get lost.

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