when will he calm down?

United States
May 17, 2007 7:46am CST
My puppy is very active, he jumps all over me and the kids, he runs like a mad man and he nips at and chews on everything. Just wondering what age they start to loose some of thier puppy craziness, he is 3 1/2 months old now.
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@peaceful (3286)
• United States
17 May 07
He is discovering his new world, and he is away from the natural control of his true mommy, so who wouldn't be "break out of jail" crazy? LOL! :) But here is the ticket, you have become his surrogate "mommy" and as Alpha mommy #2, he will do anything and everything, until you show him what OK and what's not OK... don't worry, it's not yelling or hitting or anything stupid like that... His mommy would simply pick him up by the scruff of his neck, and place him in his "quiet place" for a "time out", like you would do for your own kids... Dogs are smarter that many people think they are... They will understand the actual words "Quiet Time" very quickly when you do the action, and say the words calmly, without a trace of hysteria, in your voice... Good question! :) I'll check back to see what other people say, meantime here is Dogster for you! http://www.dogster.com
• United States
17 May 07
Hi, I was just curious what kind of puppy? Some breeds seem way more hyper than others. Brittany spaniels for example seem to be spring loaded, and never seem to calm down even in adult hood. I have a 2 year old german shepherd. He's starting to calm down a little, but is still very excitable when we have company over.
• United States
17 May 07
he is a yellow lab.
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@sallyxu126 (1185)
• China
18 May 07
I think he might calm down after he is 1 years old. he is so little and he see anything as new ones and he want to know what it is and he want to get more knowleadge about the world . as a small dog , he might don't live with his mother ,I think .so he might treat you or your child as his family members . he want to play with you and he show his friendship to both of your son and you. don't worry about that too much. he will calm down soon, I think.
• United States
17 May 07
He wont calm down if you dont teach him. My pup is 6 months old and know not to jump on people, not to run around in the house, and NOT to nip or chew!! You have to set boundries for him. If you dont do anything about it the dog will get worse and very hard to control. Everyone in the house has to teach the dog. Dont scream at him. Tell him sternly NO and make him sit. Keep with it it will take a couple weeks. Nip it in the but NOW!!
@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
17 May 07
It depends on the dog. One dog that I have is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Lab mix who will be 2 in July and is still very hyper and showing no signs of stopping, the other dog is German Shepherd/Husky mix who is 4 years old and has been mellow since the day we got her. The rest of my dogs are all Siberian Huskies and while the oldest, 3 years old, has mellowed some all the rest have been running around like crazy. My little Husky pup is almost 2 months old and is def. full into the puppy stage. It'll be over soon...hopefully. :-)
@sidyboy (284)
• United States
17 May 07
Most of the Labs I've worked with, don't tend to calm down until they're about 4 years old. I would seriously suggest some obedience training. If he's driving you crazy now, imagine what he'll be like when he's 80+ pounds acting like a mad man.
• United States
17 May 07
Well if he was a Bearded Collie, he'd start to calm down at . . . oh, about 10 years old. haha Usually once they are past their "puppy" stage and have fully matured physically, they take another year or so to mature mentally. I'd say Labs hit their prime of life right around 3-4 (and then they just get FAT! lol) No, but seriously. . Labs are a very active breed so he'll probably never be a dog that will sit under the fireplace all day. Once he hits maturity at about 1 year he should stop with the puppy crazies, but will still need lots and lots and lots and lots of exercise to keep him trim and mild mannered. Of course all dogs are different. Some people get lucky and get lazy dogs that don't need anything more than a bowl of food and a chair to lie on. Some of us get stuck with the neurotic idiots that destroy everything in their paths! I hope for your sake your dog isn't the latter. Good luck!