Hi I'm new to this forum and I think I'm at the right spot to start a new thread. My now 11 month old doberman puppy Duke which I have since he was 2 months old is giving a nightly treat like a thin bully stick since he was approximately 5,6 months old so he lays down and relax otherwise he still wants to play and we can't never get our free time in...we exercise him and train with him every day but at night he still has the energy. So since he's getting older now I would like to stop his nightly treat and have him chill out but he's not big on chewing on hard plastic toys or kongs...any suggestions on how to break the habbit of giving him a nightly treat and him just want to lay down and relax before falling asleep like a good dog lol you know what I mean we dedicated all day to him and I think that he might just be spoiled at this point! We're just looking for a little rest after all day of dedication.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
Oh,I love this post.
I so much remember approaching year 1 with Hoss and looking forward to some well deserved human rest.
Ha Ha Ha !!!
Although it did not happen at year one or two. As Hoss approached 4 we noticed a pattern of “bedtime” behaviors.
Almost like his internal time clock.
Your pup is to young and curious to settled down on his or her own currently. Just like human babies they will fight sleeping and can even get cranky. But sleeping is good for them as they are growing pups. They get so big, yet still so young I think we tend to expect a lot more out of them because of their acquired size.
Here’s my trick to you my friend....you have to exhaust these pups mentally (not physically) to get the younger pups to settle down for a nap. Shoot they can wrestle for quite some time and be ready to go again after a drink of water.
My Hoss displayed night time manners of settling down with us during TV just over the past year and he is approaching 5 years of age.
So be creative figure out a game that makes your pup think.
My go to game is hide and seek. This game works with so many things. You can hide, bigger kids can hide, or even finding hidden treats. Thats the cool think about sniffing. They already know how to use their noses.
Also my Hoss will sleep like a baby after what we all call “a sniffery”. I take him for a walk on a 15 foot lead and let him smell. Slow paced and free to roam.
All kinds of game ideas out there check it out and find a good fit for you and your pup.