hi. when i let my 5 month old puppy inside he goes crazy and wont settle down for atleast 20 mins, and when i go to feed him all he does is barks and wants to play. Would you be able to give me some suggestions on how to maybe calm him down. Thank you.
I have two puppies too and they're very energetic! Perfectly normal for their age. When I let them out I just let them run and play. I'll sit down on the porch and just let them get it all out of their system. Sometimes I'll stay out there 20 or 30 minutes, depending on if I have the time for that. By the time I get them in they're usually tired and calmed down and I feed them then, then they often times take a nap. I also started taking them for evening walks to help get some of that energy out before bedtime and also to get them used to being walked on a leash. I think it really helps.
Don't forget, his young and full of energy! Play with him, take him for walks and get some of that energy out. If he's left all day he'll especially be full of energy by the time you get home so it's up to you to help release some of that energy. I'd recommend playing with him for a bit first before feeding him if he's not acting interested in eating but would rather play. Just play with him for a half hour or more before feeding time. He should be settled down enough to eat after that. I hope that helps!
Yes, that is a good idea, to make sure he has lots of opportunity to burn off that energy with games and walks.
But before feeding him, you could try waiting until he is relaxed. He should be more able to relax if he has burned off a lot of energy say, a half hour before? Pups usually run around and play like crazy, and then just flop. Wait till he flops, then let him rest a while, maybe half hour, so he's not eating straight away in an excited mood. So when he is nice and relaxed, then give him his food. He will come to associate that state with getting fed (rewarded)
It is important now to train him the way you would like him to grow up. It's important to show him, from the word go, that YOU are the one in charge of the food, and the feeding routine -not HIM. It would be good if you could maybe train him to sit and wait a moment and focus on you and what you are asking him to do (you could do this by having him on a leash) when the food is down -until you say the words "good boy, you can get your dinner now" or something similar. And keep it consistent. That means doing the same thing at every mealtime, no matter if you have guests, or are busy etc. And keep it steady, so there isn't any massive excitement for him going on when the food is given to him. Also, when you are doing this, keep it simple. Not petting and cuddling him, but gently getting him to focus by simple word-commands and body-language.
Another method of showing him you are the one in charge of the food is to pretend to eat some of his food first. This might sound silly, but in the wild it is the leaders who eat first. The leaders provide, and then 'allow' the lower members of the pack to eat after them. This all might seem a little 'over his head' at his age, but believe me, he will observe those rituals, and will understand as he grows up.
he is a very good boy and he is a fast learner he is always running around out the back with his toys and what ever else he can find. I go out side everyday to play with him for at least 30mins. He only barks and carries on when i getting his food ready but when he sees me walking to where he gets fed he calms down straight away and he sits and he does wait until i tell him he can eat. I take him for about 2 hour walks and it seems like he is tired but as soon as we get inside he has all of his energy back.
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