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Why does he fight sleep every night?
Our 11-week puppy doesn't want to go to bed at night. He wakes up at 6:30am and goes to bed at 10pm. We've got him on a consistent routine. When we take him up at 9pm to our bedroom to get ready for bed, he goes nuts running around the room, pouncing and chewing on things, getting very nippy.
It doesn't seem to matter if he's had a relaxing or exciting day. We take him out to our yard a lot for potty breaks and to run around. He seems to get plenty of exercise and then quiet time/naps afterwards for which he lies down gladly. But he doesn't want to go to bed at night.
I've tried taking him out at 8pm and tiring him out with training and running around. He'll come in and flop into his little bed in the den where his play pen is. I then think, "He's sleepy and it's a good time to take him up and get him ready to bed." But as soon as we get into our bedroom, suddenly he comes to life and runs around like a maniac. Then he starts nipping at my feet. I've started giving him a little bully stick to calm him down in the last 20 minutes. Afterwards, I try to put him in the crate and he tries to escape.
I've also tried exercising him and let him calm down for 30 minutes before taking him up to get ready. He springs to life and just wants to play, play, play. He reminds me of my daughter when she was a toddler, fighting sleep.
I'd love any ideas on how to ease this puppy into bedtime.