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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 have absolutely no problem with putting a puppy away in the crate for a bit when they're wild and out of control. It's like an overtired toddler that doesn't want to go to sleep. I don't see it as punishment, it's just a little downtime, which is important for my sanity! You've given him plenty of exercise and now he needs to learn to settle down and be calm in the house.

It will get better as he matures, but for now, continue doing what you're doing and don't feel bad about it. As you said, he whines for a minute and then takes a nap, so he's obviously not traumatized by being crated when you need a break from puppy craziness. I did it all the time when my dogs were puppies and it's never made them not like their crates. I don't even have to tell them to get in the crate most nights now, as soon as I come into the bedroom at night they run in and lay down on their own, and Keefer will nap in there with the door open if I'm in the bedroom on my Lifecycle.
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