You came home overjoyed with your new puppy and after two days realized that he has so much energy and wonder how to tire him out so you can have some peace :)?
A puppy’s boundless energy can be explained by how curious they are about the world around them. Just like kids, they are experiencing things for the first time, and they are just starting to learn how their body works. Exploring all the things that they encounter is just so exhilarating for them.
However, while it’s fun to play with puppies, their energy can be difficult to keep up with most of the time. Oh yes...this is your life at the moment. We know :). The good news is that they will calm down as they grow older, but in the meantime, there are several ways how to tire out a puppy in a healthy way. And it is the best way to get your life back in normal. So have on mind that engaging your puppy in exercise can help calm them down.
But how much exercise?
The thing is while puppies have high energy levels, it does not mean that they require tons of physical activity day by day.
It is important to know that too much can negatively affect their health.
Too much physical exercise can dammage their joints, bones and development.
How much exercise should puppy get?
Count how many months your puppy is, then multply it by 5.
The number you get is "the minutes of puppy exercise" and this can be done 2-3 times per day.
If your puppy is 3 months old - exercise last 3 x 5 =15 minutes few times per day
Physical and mental exercise
Physical and Mental exercises are both recommended for dogs not only in puppy age but also later.
The right amount of physical exercise not just helps calm your puppy down, it also aids in their growth and development. Exercising the brain is important as physical exercise because your puppy is still developing their cognitive abilities, providing mental stimulation will encourage problem-solving and enhance memory. So, you are not only calming your puppy down, you are helping them to develope their independed thinking, problem solving etc.
Such mentally stimulating activities will also prevent your puppy developing destructive behaviours.
Mental exercise helps tire your puppy out even better than physical one!
How much sleep does your puppy need?
It’s true that puppies have a high amount of energy, but at the same time, they sleep a lot too.
When a puppy sleeps, their brains process the information it gets when the puppy is awake, which is a lot when puppies are concerned.
For a puppy, the normal amount of sleep that you can expect in a day is 18-20 hours. While it may seem like a lot, it is actually okay and is good for their health and development.
Ensure enough sleep for your puppy and set the rythm of sleep and activity!
Let your puppy sniff and explore during your walks
Apart from the physical activity involved in walking, letting your puppy sniff is mentally stimulating for them. As you may already know, a dog has a heightened sense of smell, and walks are the perfect venue for them to discover a multitude of scents.
Every sniff exercises your puppy’s brain since they’re trying to figure out the many different scents that they can detect all around. This will make them tierd :)
Train your puppy to calm down
If exercise still doesn’t calm your puppy down, you can teach them to calm down by using positive reinforcement training. Because a puppy that is seeking your attention welcomes any kind of attention, what you want to do is to only give them attention when they are behaving well or calming down, and ignore them when they are being too rowdy and energetic.
When they calm down, you can praise and reward them.
That way, they get to understand how to behave.
Sit or Down commands help them understand the proper behavior.
Dog training is easier when they’re still a puppy, so it’s best to do it as soon as possible.
Change-up your routes when walking
Try different routes every now and then. That way, you’re pup will be able to discover more things, see new sights, and smell more scents. This may be refreshing for you too as you get to explore different sights.
Toys and games
Another way to tire out your puppy is to engage them with toys and games to keep them stimulated.
For example, you can use food puzzles or freeze your puppy’s cong toy (with treats such as peanut butter inside). Yes, there are a variety of indoor busters that can help entertain your dog and calm them down.
Give them also some sniff game activities. Throw them candies on a lawn so they may sniff and search!
When your puppy gets overstimulated and thus tired, they may exhibit aggressive behaviors such as biting, running around wildly, and ruining your things.
In such cases, when there is too much crankiness, the best thing to do is to calm your dog down.
This includes keeping them away from busy environments and situations with too much stimulation.
Ways to Reduce Crankiness in Tired Puppies
You can help your moody, cranky puppy by reducing stimulation so to help him settle down, relax and nap. You can do this by taking the following steps:
Bring your puppy to a quiet place where they usually sleep (crate, exercise pen).
Remember, though, that puppies are very social; they're always happiest being near you.
Remove access to overly stimulating toys.
Encourage calming activities by offering snuffle mats, Licki-mats, and food puzzles.
Provide a chew toy or edible chew to gnaw on top of a mat/ dog bed (these can act as pacifiers).
Talk to your puppy in a quiet, soothing tone of voice.
Act calm. This will help your puppy calm down too.
Close all curtains and blinds.
Turn lights off (or place a blanket over the crate).
For young puppies, provide a shirt that smells like you or give the puppy blanket from the kennel that smell on siblings and mum.