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Old 11-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At almost 15 weeks old my pup is developing a new third wind at night. She gets walked a mile in the morning, plays outside for 15 minutes and then naps. All by 10am. Around 5:30-6pm we walk her again a mile or more and then she comes home and relaxes until about 7:45pm when she gets that crazy look in her eye, starts to sprint through the house, and won't leave anything alone, cats, us, and sometimes she gets her toys. She walks around panting like she just did a 5k and acts rambunctious. I can't take her on a 3rd walk. I don't have that kind of time. Any suggestions? I played some tug of war but then she starts to just want to bite my hands. I asked her to go to her crate and she goes to settle down. I'd prefer not to do that but it is what it is. Has anyone else's dog started this pattern around the same age?


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Old 11-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your lucky it only goes into a third wind If you don't have time for more physical exercise, do small sessions of obedience and even find it. A good balance of both physical and mental exercise will make a happy and hopefully calmer dog.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's more the time of night than the time to put in. I can't take her on another walk at 8pm. It's pitch black out now and we've had several shootings lately so...yeah.


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Old 11-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you tried using a flirt pole? It takes a notch out of them pretty quick. I use this or some two ball fetch when I get home from work to burn off some energy.

Never mind, I just read your last post.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I horse around indoors all the time with my puppy, where his favorite games are fetch and catch. You should be able to tire her out with some simple fun games like that, with softer toys that won't wreck the house, lol. We even have a fleece frisbee just for that.

ETA: Thanks Nigel for reminding me! He also has tons of fun playing with his Buster Cube, a kibble dispensing toy.

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Do you use Kongs with treats inside? This keeps them busy for while. Also you can try hide and seek. I used the Kongs with treats in them and hid them around the house.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bet she actually needs to go to the bathroom at about the time she starts to ramp it up.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I use the kong with the treat inside. She's very quick with it though. Peanut butter in the kong keeps her busier longer. I took her out tonight to run around the yard and fetch her stick. She liked that but was still antsy. She's eating fine, drinking water, and the only thing I can think is she stored up some energy the past two nights because she didn't get her evening walks until tonight. Two more weeks until we get her final vaccines and she goes to obedience training and then I want her to do agility. That should kick her butt.


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Old 11-10-2012, 11:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Be lucky that your pup has 'winds', LOL! Mine never has downtime unless crated. It's not a bad thing to crate... as long as you've given physical exercise before that. Is there a way to do the second walk a little later? Or a less than a mile 3rd walk?
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The best I can do for her is to go play some fetch in the backyard to get her crazies out. I can't wait until she's old enough so the 5 pm walk will turn into my daily run with her. I run 3miles so hopefully she's up for it. Does a dog need to build up stamina for that or do you think she'll be able to just go for it?


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