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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, We welcomed our darling Ella into our home last week. She will be 10 weeks old tomorrow and is mostly a great joy. She sleeps through the night knows how to sit and is learning how to lay down, wait and come when she's called. I'm being pretty well trained for her potty needs ha ha and potty training is coming along slowly but as expected as is puppy biting. Ella also walks perfectly on her leash and we are increasing the lengths of her walks little by little.

Now for our problems.....every evening she goes nuts! I'm not sure if this is RLH or what she won't listen to anything we say runs and runs away from us.... darts here and there.....plays aggresively with her toys .....has accidents....and worst of all barks and growls at us in a some what scary way. I understand needing to release the last bits of energy etc, but this is all taking place when we are most tired, trying to cook and eat a relaxed dinner and our patience is not as thick anymore. I am especially worried about how she barks at us. Ella also has been afraid on meeting new people if I am not holding her. If I am holding her she's fine.....if she is down and new people walk up to her she gets exited and wants to see them but then is afaid crouches between my legs and often barks and growls.

We plan to enroll her in a socialization class but want yo wait til her second round of shots are over. We also are planning to take her to obediance classes.

So questions are.....will she out grow these things? What is our best reaction to these behaviors? Thank you.
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A picture so you all can see how sweet she is.....I say "when she is good she is very very good, when she is bad, she is horrid!"
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A picture so you all can see how sweet she is.....I say "when she is good she is very very good, when she is bad, she is horrid!"
Been there LOL Can't see the picture, though.
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Thanks! I can't seem to upload a pic from my gallery so I will get one after her nap....we must let sleeping dogs lie ha ha!
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You should not wait to enroll her in socialization classes. Sign Ella up right away.
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Ahhh... The "witching hour". Just as with small children, puppies OFTEN have a period in the late afternoon/early evening when they are tired... and fighting it. So the rev themselves up more and more in their effort to avoid sleep and not miss a thing. Kodi was the worst of our three that way... probably because the others were a playful settling influence on the girls. With Kodi, when he would rev up like that, we would put him in his crate. If her could see us, he'd just make a HUGE fuss hoping to be let back out. So we covered his crate with a sheet so he couldn't see out. Within a few minutes, he'd be sound asleep. After a half hour or hour of nap time (long enough for us to get through super!!!) he was a good,sweet puppy who could play appropriately for the rest of the evening.


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Thank you! I've actually referred to it as the "witching hour" too haha. My husband says she must be a marine as they are the devil dogs! I am researching a puppy socialization class right now, as I've read more here on the forum, I've decided best not wait!
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Also thanks for the advice to just let her be in her crate....oddly enough yesterday the witching hour began right after a very nice nap....she woke up went out for potty came back in for her dinner time then went nuts....We did finally put her back in the crate with much protest. She could see us though so when she got out she was calmer but still pretty hyped up. We have a
large ottoman in front of the sofa and she learned to jump back and forth from it to the sofa where my husband was. I came in he was like....oh she does that now. I was afraid she'd get hurt.....but the little clown must need an obstacle course? I'll try putting a blanket over her tonight!
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if she's eliminating in the middle of her zoomy sessions, you need to interrupt these sessions shortly after they start and take her outside to eliminate. Reward her and continue the zooomies outside . I wouldn't worry about the barking and growling during these play sessions. This is a good opportunity to teach bite inhibition. Try to invoke mouth contact on your hands and when this happens give feedback. (see article). Many dogs start their zoomies after eating so you might be able to adjust the timing somewhat to fit your schedule. If she is showing fearful social introductions delfinitely get to class asap. as this is something that doesn't go away on it's own. Try not to introduce her by picking her up. Try initiating the zoomy sessions yourself rather than waiting for her. Get everyone involved and taking turns. happy training . Teaching Bite Inhibition | Dog Star Daily
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