I need some advice about my Hyper 7-8 month old golden retriever
My 7 month old golden is growing and is getting hard to control at times. She doesn’t bite as much anymore but when she really wants your attention she jumps and begins to bite as to get attention not really to chew. Sometimes when were in the living room she begins to misbehave and go crazy and when we try to calm her down she either runs away then come back, bark, or simply not listen whatsoever. I know that this is one if the hardest times with puppies especially at this adolescent age but does anyone have any good advice for dealing with it or beginning to calm her down?
I have a very active dog too, so I can certainly understand being up to something … always!
What is she motivated by, more than being an active dog? Does she want food, a toy, or both? A few things I would suggest to get started with –
- Make sure that what you don’t want her to do is never rewarded within a couple minutes of her doing it. Sometimes you’ll need to sort out what “being rewarded” actually is – perhaps just dashing into the room and having excitement ensue could be rewarding. This is often true for an active dog. Figure that out, and really carefully watch what you and the other humans in the household do. Make sure she doesn’t get rewarded for the behaviors you’re trying to avoid. Wait a couple minutes before doing something rewarding – I call this the “reset” period, so she doesn’t associate the reward with the unwanted behavior.
- Sort out what she really wants – food, toys, play, etc. Try to funnel this activity into those things, so she has a chance to do something that you can reward. Try to move her from jumping up on you, for example, to running after a toy and returning it to you (keeping all four paws on the ground of course). Or, as I did with my dog, I focused his natural “standing” movement to walking, hopping, and moving in a circle so I could control his jumping up behavior with other words.
- Wear her out – *really* wear her out – in the morning. This may take a combined effort, but try to extend the morning activity with longer walks, or even runs/bikes/training exercises to really wear her out. Then expect calm time during the day – don’t encourage activity, put this calm time into the routine. It will be much more natural after a very busy morning routine with the walk/run (I know this is more difficult with puppies/adolescents, but it’s a good routine to develop and is natural for dogs to migrate/activity in early morning and evening).
How can I constructively occupy my 8 mo old large Airedale when I must go out for several hours? He gets bored and becomes innocently destructive. I do not want to leave him in a crate after having been there all night. We have a second older dog that he loves, but she gets tired of his efforts to lure her into puppy play. Otherwise, he is a great and obedient boy.
I would start out with my #3 above. Then when you leave, you don’t need to use a crate. You can puppy proof a room, or use an ex-pen (exercise pen) to keep your dog in a puppy-proofed section of a larger room. In that area, have some toys and food puzzles or whatnot. But if you really figure out how much exercise (which can be both physical and mental) will cause your dog to rest while you are away, this should come naturally.
And do remember that puppies will naturally chew things. When they get older this should happen less (although doesn’t necessarily go away completely depending on the dog!)
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