Puppies can be adorable but sometimes their energy levels can be a bit too much especially when all you want to do is just kick back and relax. When does puppy energy go away, you may ask? Well, let’s explore this.
Depending on the breed, puppy energy will last 12 months for small and medium-sized breeds, and up to 4 years for larger breeds. On the other hand, your puppy may actually never settle down until very late into their life and usually because of an ailment.
Watching a puppy grow is one of the most enjoyable parts of owning a dog. Just like with human children, puppies go through various stages of development on their journey to adulthood.
One of these stages is where they seem to possess boundless amounts of energy that can leave you worn out. You may be wondering when this phase will pass or if it ever will.
Well, the answer to that question is that it depends. Dogs are pretty much like human beings. They have their own character traits.
Pups from the same litter will often have different personalities. Your dog’s breed will also determine when or if your puppy will ever settle down.
Bulldogs, for example, are generally not as active as most dogs and you’ll find that they mellow out as they grow. Other larger breeds may take 2 to 4 years to reach this stage if they reach it at all.
At what age do dogs mellow out?
Having given the explanation in the preceding paragraphs, we can look at generally expected milestones in a puppy’s development.
For the first 2 weeks of their lives, puppies can neither see nor hear. All they can do is the smell. At about 4 weeks, they would have gained the ability to both see and hear.
At this stage, they can begin to have their first human interaction. Take care to be gentle though. At 6 to 7 weeks, they can be weaned off their mother’s milk and begin to eat soft food.
This is when most puppies are sold or ready for adoption. They will also begin to get socialized as a dog. This is when they learn from other puppies or older dogs through social interaction.
From this stage to about 12 weeks, they will begin to develop their own personalities and it is usually at this stage that they start becoming very active.
Past the 12 week mark, they are beginning to learn their place in the pack. You will see them start trying to exert dominance over other dogs and may even try to dominate you.
At this stage, you need to show them who’s boss. They will be exhibiting a large amount of energy at this point. From this stage up until the 12-month mark, you will start to see them rebel a bit and not obey certain commands.
This phase is what can be equated to their teenage years. During this phase, you will most likely experience a lot of hyper activity.
Smaller to midsized breeds are expected to mellow down at around 1 year while bigger breeds will take 2 to 4 years. Again, it has to be stressed that these are general guidelines for what is usually expected in the normal growth process of a dog. Individual personality plays a huge part in what you can actually expect.
How do you calm down a hyper puppy?
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s look at how you can actually calm them down. The short answer to that is that you’ll have to tire them out especially if you don’t want to have your sleep disrupted at odd hours.
Make sure that your puppies have adequate exercise throughout the day. This means letting them run around the yard or taking them to the dog (the park where they can run around with other dogs).
Basically, your dog needs an outlet for all that pent up energy and it has to be released often. If you have a tight work schedule that limits the amount of time that you can spend walking or exercising your puppy, consider getting a dog walker to come in during the course of the day while you’re at work and do it for you.
If you can give them another opportunity to do some exercise when you get back, you will have another great opportunity to release that energy and help them to settle down.
Why do puppies go crazy at night?
A common behavior with puppies is sudden outbursts of energy otherwise known as frapping or zoomies. This is where your puppy is still one moment then takes off, all of a sudden, as if they are being chased or chasing something.
This will happen without warning most times and is usually a sign that they want to release excess energy. When this happens, the best thing to do is to let them run it out.
They will usually settle back down by themselves. They will also exhibit this behavior when they are nervous and want to get it out.
Another reason for this is that they are too tired, yep, you read that right. When your puppy is too tired, they can act hyper much like human babies fret when they want to sleep. If you know that they have received the right amount of exercise during the course of that day, take them to bed and they will usually fall asleep within a very short time.
when do puppies calm down
When or if your puppy’s energy ever goes away depends, in large part, on their personality as well as their breed. Take the time to research the behavior patterns of your particular breed.
You will most likely need to give your puppy the time to develop before you can conclusively ascertain whether or not this phase will pass.
Make sure that your pup receives adequate exercise each and every day so that they always have the opportunity to release that pent up energy.
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