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Tired Dog Solutions: Settling Down Overexcited Pups

Tired Dog Solutions: Settling Down Overexcited Pups

Restless Rover? Rein In that Rascal!

Ah, the joys of a new furry friend! That boundless energy, those wiggly wonders – it’s enough to make any pet parent’s head spin. But fear not, my fellow dog devotees, for I have the secret to soothing those restless pups and bringing a little peace and quiet back into your home.

As the proud parent of a high-strung Hungarian Vizsla, I’ve been there. Watching our pup bounce off the walls, refusing to take a nap, and turning our living room into a full-contact sport has been, well, exhausting, to say the least. But through trial, error, and a hefty dose of research, I’ve uncovered the key to taming those overexcited pups.

Recognize the Overtired Pup

The first step is to recognize the signs of an overtired puppy. Much like a human toddler, our canine companions can get so wound up that they struggle to settle down and relax. You’ll know your pup has reached this state when their eyes are practically closed, but they’re still bouncing around, nipping at you, and refusing to calm down, no matter how much you cuddle or coddle them.

Redditor u/loupgarou21 describes this perfectly: “She is a very energetic puppy (obviously) and could run around in circles all day if we let her. She gets tired after playtime or after walks, though, but she doesn’t realize? Her eyes are practically closed but she still wants to run around the house and play and nibble on us.”

Simplify the Stimulation

Okay, so we’ve identified the problem – now what? The key is to simplify the stimulation and give your pup a chance to decompress. That means cutting back on those long, vigorous walks and high-energy playtime sessions. Instead, opt for shorter, more frequent outings and focus on low-key, calming activities.

Stacy the Trainer suggests the “nothing exercise” – essentially teaching your dog to be calm and relaxed, even in the face of distractions. This helps pups learn to settle down, rather than constantly seeking stimulation.

And don’t forget the power of mental enrichment! Puzzle toys, snuffle mats, and even simple hiding games can provide a fulfilling outlet for your pup’s energy without ramping them up to the point of overtiredness.

Set Them Up for Success

Now, we all know that puppies love their crates – or at least, they’re supposed to. But if your pup seems to view their cozy den as more of a prison than a sanctuary, it’s time to rethink your approach.

Redditor u/Cursethewind suggests making the crate a positive experience by feeding meals, offering treats, and even just hanging out inside with your pup. The goal is to transform that crate into a safe, comfy space that your pup will actually want to retreat to when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

And speaking of retreats, don’t be afraid to let your pup find their own cozy spot to snooze. As Doggone Problems’ Blitzen advises, “Allow them to self-settle in a quiet, comfortable place, even if it’s not their crate.”

Wrapping it Up

Remember, every pup is unique, and what works for one furry friend may not be the perfect solution for another. But by identifying the signs of an overtired pup, simplifying the stimulation, and setting them up for success, you’ll be well on your way to a calmer, more content canine companion.

And who knows, with a little patience and practice, you might just find yourself with a cuddly couch potato instead of a rambunctious rascal. After all, as the wonderful folks at iHaveDogs know, there’s nothing quite like the joy of a well-rested, happy pup.

So, fellow dog devotees, are you ready to tame that tireless terrier and bring a little peace and quiet back into your home? Let’s do this!

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