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Does anyone else have problems getting your Hav to wind down and go to bed at night? Zoe is getting her second wind just when I am getting ready for bed. She is not allowed the run of the upstairs bedrooms so I/we have to catch her. She goes into spins, racing and darting around and is really difficult to catch. She is having a ton of fun with her little tongue hanging out. You can't say anything about her because she understands everything. You can't make eye contact because she uses that as a signal to run. So I was wondering what some of your bedtime routines are? Help!!!
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They seem to love a regular routine. Maybe you can introduce an opportunity to recreate the rlh moment only earlier in the evening and then follow it with a bully stick and then bed?
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Perhaps you could do some exercises where you sit on the floor in her bed vicinity with a treat, staying neutral. When she finally comes over to check you out give her the treat. Get up, put pj's on, sit back down at her level on the floor, treat her again when she comes tout you. Once that settles her somewhat give her a treat, put her to bed, treat, then immediately let her back out again. Rinse and repeat.
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JoJo sleeps in a crate near our bed but we let her up on the bed to play some before bed. She gets a super hyper for about 5 min or so and then she will finally wind down and snuggle in to relax or chew on a toy, sometimes sleep. The big dogs are generally passed out by then and don't want JoJo bothering them (they sleep on dog beds across the room from her crate - our bed is between the crate and dog beds so there are no visuals of other dogs). JoJo seems to go to sleep easier by giving her this short bedtime play. Sometimes she will go down the bed stairs herself and go to the crate and sometimes we place her in the crate but she accepts it and lays down. It took a bit of time to realize this was a good routine for her but with trial and error we found something that works. Also we keep our bedroom and bathroom door shut so she is not allowed out to be out of eyesight.
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Tucker does his 15 to 20 80mph ZOOMIES (holy smokes that pup can fly) from one end of the house to the other around 9 pm then some toy play after that. Then up on the bed with us for a bit...gets relaxed and by 10:15-10:30 he is zonked. One of us gets up to put him in the crate and he's like " your disturbing me people"!!
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I've never had that problem with Chloe. She seems to know the time of day and when it's time for bed. We head upstairs around 8pm and she's out for about 1/2 hr. to 1 hr. and then she's in her crate. While I'm doing my nighttime bathroom routine, she'll go in her crate on her own. I just simply lock her in. I will take her out one last time before I turn in.
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Willow is pretty good. We go outside for potty and a little walk around the house. If she wants to play a bit I let her. Then I bring her into the bedroom while I'm doing my own bedtime routine. I have gotten into the habit of giving her a little cookie after I get her up onto our bed so she is usually waiting to get picked up and put on the bed. It's too high for her to jump up or off of. Then I'll pet and scratch her for awhile. I like to sit up and read for a bit before turning the light off so she usually will curl up beside me and snooze. When it's time for lights out, I just pick her up and put her in her crate. I always say nighty-night to her and she'll curl up in the crate and sleep through the nigh.
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Thanks everyone for all your input! Unfortunately we are on a late schedule because of my horse chores and dinner, etc. Once we catch her, she is fine and sleeps well until morning. But she is so cunning. She has mastered the art of grabbing a treat and dashing off because to her "the game is on" and it is great fun! From your responses, it seems that she is not alone in having to get her last bit of enery out before crashing. But catching her!!!! They're SO smart!
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We make sure to really wear Nino out on our own time. He gets an extra long romp in the yard before we bring him in and have a quick training session. This way, he is both physically and mentally tired. Then we bring him up on the bed to settle him just a bit. He loves his crate, so all we have to do is pop him on the floor and open the door to it. If he's tired enough, he'll walk right in and curl up. He's so good with his crate, it bums me out that we weren't more strict about it with Mario.
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Thanks everyone for all your input! Unfortunately we are on a late schedule because of my horse chores and dinner, etc. Once we catch her, she is fine and sleeps well until morning. But she is so cunning. She has mastered the art of grabbing a treat and dashing off because to her "the game is on" and it is great fun! From your responses, it seems that she is not alone in having to get her last bit of enery out before crashing. But catching her!!!! They're SO smart!
You can probably find a way to turn that chase game around to have her chase you for the treat and into bed.
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