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HELP! - Crazy Puppy
My girlfriend and I are first time dog owners. charlie is about 3.5 months old and we've had her for almost a month. we love her very much and have tried to educate ourselves as much as possible on raising her to be healthy and well-behaved. first two weeks were great. she was using her weewee pad with very few accidents, her biting was minimal, she would never bark or cry. we've been able to teach her some basic commands, sit, stay, fetch... but now she's at the point where its hard to keep her attention long enough to work on anything...
now that she's comfortable with us, shes started to go INSANE. She is incredibly hyper active, bites like crazy, tears up her wee wee pad, poops on the floor of her pen, barks, crys, etc. basically if shes not supposed to be doing something, its the first thing she wants to do.
we've been stern with her. every time she starts chewing on something shes not supposed to, we give a firm 'no' and try to take her away from the situation. if she bites us, we will say ouch and pull away. if shes barking we tell her no. she listens for about 10 seconds and then goes back to whatever she was doing. we've tried time-outs
this isnt all the time, sometimes she is a perfect angel. unfortunately, her behavior is only good about 30-40% of the time and the rest she is just going berserk!
Does anyone have any advice? When can we expect her to simmer down? we are currently unable to take her for wallks, (vet says that cant happen until month 4) but i think it might just be that she has too much energy to burn and she could use the exercise. can somebody please help?