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Hello everyone,
I have adopted a gsd mix from a local animal shelter about a month ago and he just turned 3 month old. He is my first dog ever so I tried to give him a low amount of exercise daily as I read so on multiple occasions. With 2 - 4 hours of dog park and walks he was still very active at home and was chewing on everything in his reach. For a week now we have been spending about 3 hours daily in the dog park, 3 hours daily with walking or fetching sticks and every other day we are going swimming together in a small pond designated for dogs. He chews only on his toys now and overall seems to wear off more of his energy. Despite that he still isn't sleeping through the night. My neighbors 4 month old miniature poodle has been sleeping through for 2 months now so I have been wondering whether it's just his bladder not holding long enough yet or does he still have to much energy and should I go out more?
 

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Definitely not more than 3 hours and honestly 3 hours in the dog park is way too much exercise for that young of a puppy. Your dog does not need more physical exercise he NEEDS MORE MENTAL EXERCISE/STIMULATION and being taught (slowly) how to settle inside the house. You are conditioning your dog and building up his stamina so that he will continue to need more and more exercise to get tired. Its like the first time you ever lift (weights), the next day you are super sore, but each workout results in you being less and less sore.
 

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I type a whole message and lost it sigh.

You are giving your pup a huge outlet bravo. That part is easy for you ,now have to teach your pup to be calm. Are you using a crate? Outside is play is the leash in house same as outside.

A puppy needs to potty every every hour for as many months they are old old. AND within every 30 minutes of food or drink.

At night take the pup on a consistent schedule out to potty on leash good potty then back in crate. Be consistent.

Keep the pup on leash in the house attached to you or in the crate.

Come here for advice and do not compare your dog.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I have been training with him consistently daily and trying some games to keep his mind active. I do crate train him so I suppose I am going to put up a schedule to take him out at night. I am trying to keep the dog park time down a little bit I was just worried being a first time owner to not leave him enough freedom I guess. Thanks again for the advice.
 

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I was just gonna say. Puppies that old R exactly like kids, short bursts of energy, nap, burst, nap, eat, burst, nap, repeat. 2-3 hours at the dog park is PLENTY. Good physical exercise and definitely could positive for socialisation. What you need to do to get him to tire out is MENTAL exercise. Train his mind. Let him solve puzzles. 10-20 minutes of mental exercise equals 1 hour oh physical! No kidding there. At that age, I trained my boy all the basic commands: sit, stay, down, off, stay down, come. When he was 3 months-5/6 months, our daily routine was like this:
Morning: walk 15-60 mins (gradually increase as he grows)
Learning tricks and mental exercise 5-20mins
Late afternoon: dog park 1-2 hours
Same thing

He slept through the night regularly.
 

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I like my local dog park, and go there almost daily. But I would not recommend taking a puppy there until he's fully vaccinated! Parvo and distemper are very real threats, so my advice would be to replace dog park time with short training sessions, play, and taking him out exploring (but again, stick to exploring in areas that are not frequented by other dogs until he's fully vaccinated!).
 
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