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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2005, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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My puppy is a lunatic

any advice on how to calm my puppy down when he starts tearing around the house?
I take him for loads of walks and play fetch with him but as soon as he gets in the house he runs around like a little loony.
He bangs into things, tramples on the cats and Olle and knocks things over.
He ignores anything i say to him and if I go to grab him he runs even more.
I am worried he will jump on Olle and break his back or hurt the cats.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2005, 07:44 AM
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Don't run after him. He is interpreting you running after him as a sign that you want to play, too.

If he's really being too wild, I would suggest calling him to you with a bone in your hand. Have him lie down and give him the bone to chew on. Be sure it's in a place where everyone is gathered around, like the living room, so he won't feel left out.

Puppies tend to be wild things, though, and at his age right now I think diversion would be the best way to get him to calm down. From my experience, dogs want to play in the house because that's where EVERYONE is gathered--cats included. They think, "Hey! We're all together! Let's play!"

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Yes he wants to play with the cats and Olle but they do not want to, they either hiss or growl at him then he gets mad and barks and snaps at them.
He is supposed to be a calm dog and the woman said not to castrate him or he would get depressed and not move.
What do you think?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 03:08 AM
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Depressed and not move ... I'm never against castration in dogs myself. I think if you're feeding a quality diet, providing sufficient exercise, and maintaining your dog health-wise, castration is a very wise choice. I'll tell you though, my nearly 9 month old puppy just had one of those 'tearing around the house in a craze' moments and he's been castrated since the day he turned 6 months old.

My advice would be to follow pihlaja's - distract him or play with him. And were it me, I'd castrate him. The benefits far outweigh any weight an old wive's tale might hold.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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She was a bit strange. She said that he was anti-social and that he would rather be by himself.
At the moment he is sat with his head on my leg asleep. At night he snuggles in my neck.
He just scares me that he will hurt himself coz he never looks where he is going.
I guess I am just a worrier, I worried about my turtles when they were small too.
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From my experience, dogs are only anti-social if they were not properly socialised as puppies. I have never met a dog that has wanted to be by itself. They are social, pack-forming creatures and need a pack to belong to.

Castrating him will not make him depressed. This seems to be a wide-spread rumour, especially among men. People tend to believe that a dog will not be happy if he does not have his jewels, but I think the opposite is true. Dogs left intact tend to be more concerned about procreation with any female that comes around and cannot enjoy spending time with their family as much. Also, because of the hormones, male dogs left intact may be more likely to challenge their owner for the alpha position.

Jade is right when she says castration is a wise choise. Early castration can prevent a lot of health problems that have the potential to crop up later on in life.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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I think he will have him done when he is 6 months.
I do not want him running off after a girl dog and lose him.
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