How to Handle a Puppy that’s Super Energetic at Night
It’s an amazing experience having a puppy at home but there are occasions when you might feel a bit overwhelmed due to their playful and energetic nature. This especially applies at night when you are trying to get some sleep. Here are some tips on handling a puppy that gets energetic at night.
The Puppy has the Zoomies
Puppies tend to exhibit a short-term natural behavior we call zoomies (or Frenetic Random Activity Periods). This is when a dog suddenly exhibits a short but explosive amount of energy and becomes super hyper by running around like crazy. This tends to happen quite often at night.
It’s not a concern if your puppy is doing the zoomies every once in a while but if he is doing it every night and every time there’s a stressful situation then it may be worth a visit to the vet. One way to reduce the occurrences of zoomies is by doing some mental exercises.
For example, when your puppy does the zoomies, you can try to teach him like lie down and play dead. Any trick that gets him to calm down a little will work well. Make sure to offer plenty of praises and treats when you are training your dog.
Regular Exercises Throughout the Day
Make sure your puppy is getting plenty of exercise throughout the day. Ideally, your puppy should have a walk or play time once in the morning and once in the early evening. If, for whatever reason, you aren’t able to get your dog enough exercise then consider using a flirt pole.
These simple sticks are a great way to burn all your puppy’s energy in a short space of time. To use a flirt pole, you can stand in one area and wave the pole around to get your puppy to chase after it. The flirt pole is the perfect accessory for indoor dog exercises.
Transition to Resting Mode
What if your puppy is already getting a sufficient amount of exercise? In this case, you might be dealing with what people like to call the witching hour. One way to do this is to put your puppy in the crate assuming he is crate-trained. The puppy may initially bark a bit while in the crate. This will limit the amount of stimulation available to the dog and teach him it’s time to “switch off”.
It might drive you crazy now but do note that your puppy will eventually grow out of the energetic night behavior. If your puppy continues to do this even after a few months have passed then we suggest you check with the vet for consultation.