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Berserker, 11 weeks old. How can I calm him down ?

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Odin is a typical berserker when he gets excited and playful. He runs from one side of the garden to the other, plays ball with us, then goes to his eating all you can see affair and plays a bit. When we call for him he half the time comes and sits down all good.

Now, after 30 mins, even more, we go inside and he still does not calm down. Tries to jump around like a rabbit, bites this and that, breathes heavily, drinks a lot, toddles around.....

Question, can I just put him in the crate under such a circumstance for 30 mins for him to calm down ?? It seems, the crate is the only place he can calm down fast, so is it fair from me to use that as an advantage ? I am planning on leaving him now for about 40 minutes and then I go out again with him.
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I vote for obedience classes. It sounds like just physical exercise is not enough for your pup!

Think of him as a preschooler or kindergartner since he hasn't learned the "ways of the world yet". He gets up goes potty, gets fed and has playtime! That is his current typical day. Most preschools/kindergarten classes I know aren't run that way. After breakfast, it is learning time first before recess. This will help the little guy to learn to think and not just be a reacting ball of energy!

So many times people say exercise exercise exercise.... Yes, dogs need exercise but not just physical exercise. They need to have their brain exercised to, through formal training of some sort. This may mean "sit, down, come, stay" or tricks "play dead, shake, speak" etc.

To have a tired puppy that can relax in the house with you and not always in his crate, work his brain :D You'll find Odin a much better puppy when his brain is tired as well or more so than his body :)
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