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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?

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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-04-2008, 09:18 AM
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Jason, your sweet little 'devil' Charlie is acting pretty much normally for her age. I thought Pablo was possessed by something evil and was constantly correcting him. It seemed never ending but it really does stop more or less all of a sudden around 4-4.5 months. Why can't you take her out? You're right, some exercise will definitely help calm her down, stay firm, make her do commands several times a day and whenever she gets something (food, water, attention, etc.) and put her in time out calmly and ignore her for as long as it takes until she's calm and lays down. She'll get it. It can get very frustrating, but 'this too shall pass'.

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Oh my, what a sweetheart! How frustrating it must be for you! Can you take her to a puppy class? I really don't have answers for you, but I'm sure others will. Hang in there, read some good books on positive training, etc. and hopefully things will work out in the end. I'd think you take her on some short walks or let her run in a fenced in area....mine were pretty laid back, so I don't have any experience with this...good luck Jason and welcome to the forum.

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Oh yes I remember when Riley came home I kept asking myself “what have I gotten myself into..” I will agree with all that Maryam said and if that doesn’t work you can just hand that little cutie right over to me

Good luck and be patient she will get better.

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When I scrolled down to see the pic, I think you posted the wrong dog! Nothing that cute could ever be evil!

I recommend lots of throwing of toys inside for now! We used to play chase with my white monster. We would run up and down the hallway with her (well more related to 2lb dog in Michigan Winter than shots!) But the more exhausted a puppy is, the cuter they get!


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LOL, Amanda, I too saw the belly shot and thought: no way is this a little devil!

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Oh my how cute!! These darlings do turn into monsters at times! Right now Cazzie, who's just a year old, is trying his best to get me away from this computer by tugging viciously on my sleeve and making all kinds of wierd noises! They do need lots of playtime and exercise....maybe that's why so many owners end up with two! (the theory being they keep each other occupied?)


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She is just adorable!!! I think it is just puppy energy and hopefully you can get her to run some of that off. Havanese are known to be a little wild, hense the RLH (run like hell). Have fun, keep up the training and it should sink in pretty fast.
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Jason, welcome to the forum. You may not want to read this, but it sounds like you have an adorable, normal Havanese! Gosh, she's a cutey too!

She is almost at the age where you can start taking her to some puppy classes. It would be good to get her out and learning in a setting with other dogs. It also sounds like she could use some 10-15 minute walks to expend some of her energy. (I'm not sure why your vet thinks she can't do that for a few more weeks, but maybe he/she knows something that is a danger in your area.)

Can you play fetch with her in your home? Roll a ball down a hallway or across a room for her to chase and bring back to you.

And above all, I hope you realize that the runlikehell (overly hyper mad dash through your home) is completely normal if you see her doing that. That's part of the charm and amusement of the breed.

When can you expect her to settle down? I'd give it another 21 months.
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Oh my goodness, Jason. That little cutie cannot be the evil monster. She's adorable!! I'd love to help you out. Just send her to me for training. I'll have her straightened out in oh, say 12-15 years.
Seriously though, a tired puppy is a good puppy. Lots and lots of play time. She sounds like a typical pup.


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