Very embarrassing question here but I really need some direction. We brought Elvis home at 8 weeks from a reputable breeder. He learned to sit the first night home. The following day he learned outside, where the water was, come, follow, kennel and a little speak - He didn't do them all every time but more often than not. His general behavior is very good. He acts like an adult dog most of the day. Aside from nipping. Our Border collie works hard and he doesn't bother her with puppy antics… just observes. They do play together 3 or 4 times a day. Biting mostly toys.
He is 9 weeks old and is getting more respectful each day of not biting and is still interested in learning. He learned paw this afternoon - on his initiation.
But each night at 9 PM he goes insane. I call it the "9 O'clock Crazies". I figure "go nuts" kiddo - he deserves being a bit out of control for being so good all day. Barking like crazy, running, jumping, snapping, throwing itself around, attacking the carpet, baseboards, himself - normal crazy puppy stuff - I just stay out of the way (he doesn't tear anything up - it's like he's testing me on EVERYTHING). But the last new nights he has started wildly humping a pillow. MEAN. I just kind of stand back with a raised eyebrow. Each night seems to get a little more aggressive - an attack hump.
My question is… What do I do?
He is SOOOO good all day and mindful. I figure if it wears him out so I can sleep at night - go ahead. But my concern is aggression - and will this form a bigger problem later as an adult?
His job is to work a farm. I homestead on 200 acres out in the middle of NOWHERE. He will eventually help with herding. He is also going to be my personal protection during the day/evening while I work outside until dark each night while my husband is at work. Eventually, he will be on night patrol of the property but he will be allowed inside during the day as he has shown his manors are nice and he likes to rest on the laundry room floor or in his kennel currently in our bedroom. (no - he has never witnessed anything of the nature).
I have no intentions of breeding, achieving any titles or neutering. I just needed another farm hand.
Should I curb this activity? I don't have any idea if this is going to help or hurt as an adult. I do not want a leg hound or him trying to mount my Border Collie as she will be much smaller than him (she is spayed). Pillow is fine in my book as long as it doesn't make him goofy down the road.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.