Is your puppy unable to rest?
Such a small bundle of energy can be quite exhausting. Especially when you try to calm down an overexcited puppy and fail miserably at it.
Everything you try just seems to pump him up even more?
Don’t worry, your puppy’s behavior is completely normal at first. The big wide world is so exciting that it’s hard for a young dog to just be quiet.
But you can work on that and so that you know what you have to do to calm your dog, read this article now.
In a nutshell: puppy won’t rest – what to do?
Quieting a dog or puppy can be a real test of nerves. Puppies in particular want to explore the world and of course don’t know their limits yet. So you have to show them to him.
Fixed daily routines with planned rest periods and a cozy, undisturbed retreat can help your puppy to relax. If your young dog constantly demands your attention, ignore him! You decide when it’s your turn!
If you want to better understand what makes your dog tick, take a look at our dog training bible. There you will find many helpful tips and tricks for harmonious interaction with your dog!
Why is it difficult for puppies to settle down?
Its obvious! A young dog is naturally curious and wants to explore the world. Just like small children, puppies don’t think much of their afternoon nap.
Nevertheless, several rest breaks a day are very important, because your puppy needs sleep to be able to process what it has experienced and learned. So it is important that you practice this with him and teach him to be calm and composed right from the start.
You must train your pup to be quiet, this is no joke!
Is your pup quick to get psyched, over hyped, over hyped and all that? The character already shows as a baby dog, but the fact is, they are all individual.
Yes, even puppies can be funny sleeping pills, but most of them want to party first!
You can do this to teach your puppy to be calm
Ignore, send to the seat, have someone sit, leave the room, turn the dog, hop on one leg… What helps now? We give you four valuable tips to calm your puppy down:
Give him a quiet spot
When considering which place is the most suitable for the dog basket, you should consider the following points:
- Don’t put the basket in the hallway or in a passageway
- Not directly on the heater or under the window
- Facing the door might be too exciting and encourage your pup to always be on the lookout
- At best, you can find a quiet place in the room where you spend a lot of time, e.g. B. in the living room
- Another retreat in the bedroom should also be ready
- Make sure the basket is big enough for your puppy
A quiet retreat where your puppy will not be disturbed (for example by the children) is essential for your puppy to be able to calm down.
Ignore him if he asks too much!
One look is enough and the tail wags incessantly?
Dogs are world champions at capturing our attention. They know exactly whether you are glancing at them out of the corner of your eye or whether you are actually ignoring them.
If your puppy constantly demands attention and fun and you keep giving in to his demands, he will always want something from you, even as a young and adult dog.
It sounds harsh, but sometimes you have to force a puppy to be still before he’ll even realize how beautiful she is.
Create a daily routine for your puppy
A set daily routine can help your puppy calm down.
For example, if you always take him to the door in the morning, feed him afterwards and then consistently plan an hour’s break, after a while he will know when it’s his turn.
Of course, you can do exactly that after every walk. Dogs love routines and fixed rituals.
Set clear boundaries!
Not your dog, but you decide when there is time to play and romp and when to sleep. Above all, if your young dog doesn’t get any rest, you have to set clear boundaries for him!
If a game gets too rough, break it off and send your dog to recess. If your puppy is restless and overexcited, be the opposite pole for him. Your calm and serenity will transfer to him just as much as if you tap into his over-the-top energy.
If you don’t feel like playing, your dog needs to learn to accept that. Puppies often find this difficult and then they really get excited. Maintain your point of view and make it clear to him that his efforts are against you!
Your puppy won’t calm down and is biting?
Trying out the teeth is part of the process of growing a puppy to a certain extent. Of course, it should be reasonable and your puppy shouldn’t hurt anyone.
The “biting” in puppies is mostly playful, if it is not prevented or limited, it can also turn into aggressive behavior.
So teach your puppy what to do and what not to do right from the start. Nibble your hands a bit in the game, ok. Pinch in pant legs and shoes, not ok. Chewing on toys and sticks, ok. Eat at the coffee table made of teak, not ok!
Ultimately, you decide what size is right for you, but always remember that as your pup gets bigger, a lot of things won’t be as cute.
Our dogs are all individual and the training can be just as individual. What works well for one dog may not be the solution for another. If you are unsure, please contact a local trainer. This makes it easier to assess which training approach suits you and your pup!
Teach your dog to relax
You should teach your dog to be calm right from the start. Unless you want to raise an uncontrollable bundle of energy.
Feel free to send your dog back to his spot whenever he thinks he’s following your every move. It is important that you actually leave him alone in his place. No stroking, no playing, no approaching, no speaking, no touching.
In short: This is how you can train your dog to be calm
Your puppy won’t calm down? First of all, that’s not unusual. Young dogs are full of energy and joie de vivre that they want to carry out into the world. It is up to you to teach your dog the necessary rest.
This is the best way to start right from the beginning. Establish fixed daily routines and rituals so that your dog knows when it is time for something.
Make it clear to your puppy from the start what he can and cannot do. A rule could also be that there is generally no romping in the house, but only in the garden or on the walk. Most dogs understand this fairly quickly.
As always, your most important companions are love and lots of patience. Your little dog will only really calm down as it gets older, but you were probably aware of that anyway?
In any case, we wish you lots of fun training with your puppy. If you want to learn more about our dogs’ behavior, take a look at our dog training bible!