How to Deal with a Restless Puppy
Deal with a Restless Puppy
The first day of your new pup may not go as smoothly as you planned. You may wake up in the middle of the night because your four-legged friend seems to be so full of life that he or she can’t stop barking, running, or even howling.
To ensure that you and your beloved pooch get a good night’s sleep, here’s what you can do to calm your hyperactive pup.
1. Create a good sleeping environment
If this is your pup’s first time in your house, he or she may be having trouble feeling comfortable in the new environment. All may seem okay in the morning when you’re still around but your pup can act all crazy especially at night when no one’s watching.
The best you can do is to make your new pooch feel comfy by creating a good sleeping quarter for him or her. Start by setting up a comfortable pet bed for your new pup. You can also add some blankets to make him or her feel cosy in his or her sleeping place.
2. Change the diet
Dogs can be allergic to certain types of foods. If your new pup demonstrates any signs of an allergy such as poor weight gain, lack of appetite, and skin irritation – restlessness may also be a symptom. Try changing your puppy’s diet to a different high-quality pet food for several days and see if his or her restlessness subsides.
When you introduce a new food in your pup’s usual diet, make sure to reduce his or her regular food accordingly. In the next few days, increase the new dog food portions gradually until you can completely replace the old one.
3. Visit the vet
Observe your new pup’s habits. While rowdiness and excess energy are quite normal for a young dog, restlessness may also be a symptom of an illness. Monitor your pup’s health, and if you see any red flags, visit the vet immediately.
4. Give him or her plenty of exercises
At a young age, dogs should be exercising often and consistently. A good exercise results in calmer behaviour and gives your pup much-needed mental stimulation.
Ideally, for each month of age, your pooch should get 5 minutes of low-impact exercise, twice in a day. For instance, a three-month-old pup will need 15 minutes of exercise two times a day. Low impact exercises include playing in the yard, short walks and supervised swimming.
Play fun games
Your dog’s restlessness may be caused by boredom.
Play with your pup to keep him or her occupied. This way, you can also improve your pup’s sense of smell and ability to come when called. Playing games with your pup is also a form of exercise.
Basic games you can play with your pooch include:
- Hide and seek
- Tug of war
5. Socialise with your pup
Socialisation can improve and shape your dog’s temperament in a good way. This allows your pup to exert his or her energy in building trust and respect not just for you but for other animals and people as well.
Invite your friends over with their pets for play dates to encourage socialisation.
Once your pooch is older than three months, you can bring him or her out for walks in the park to meet new animals and people.
Keep your pup nearby
Dogs are known to be social animals. But puppies may be especially needy as they’re still trying to adjust to being apart from their mother and siblings. Reassure your pooch by keeping him or her near you.
You can strategically place crates or playpens throughout your home in high traffic areas such as the bedroom, family room, or kitchen. For example, if you need to fix dinner in the kitchen, your pup can “hang” next to you inside a crate. The key is to make your new pup feel your presence as much as possible so that he or she won’t feel lonely and neglected.
Whatever the reason is for your puppy being restless, never yell at him or her. It will not alleviate the situation and, in fact, will only make it worse. Your pup may stop running or barking at night if you punish him or her but it’ll only cause confusion and hurt your relationship.
When you’re feeling frustrated about your pup’s behaviour, you can always take a timeout. Calm yourself down first so that you can tackle the situation in a more efficient manner, and keep the love and respect of your pet.
Andrew Kevan has been the Account Manager at Sandleford Holdings since 2016. He studied at Monash University and completed his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Zoology. Andrew is the owner of a beautiful Rottweiler named Lady who is constantly spoiled and loves her Fido & Fletch Large Pet Home.