Losing my marbles

  1. Your dog is still relatively young. He may continue to mellow gradually. If you can afford to hire a dog walker a few days a week to really tire him out that may be a good option for you to have some peaceful moments.

  2. Is daycare an option? Two mornings a week would give you a break and he may come home tired enough to nap.

  3. Remember 16 months old is still young. I don't think my girl really started to mellow out till 20-22 months. I mean she's still energetic but not nearly as unrelenting lol.

  4. I don't know if anyone else has said this, but you don't need to keep him or send him to a shelter. You can look to re-home him. If it's not a good fit you will both be miserable. I think you said he's a cattle dog? Those are great dogs, lots of people look for them specifically, you can try breed specific rescues, or just advertise and be super picky about where he goes. There is absolutely no shame in that, if you're unhappy, he's unhappy.

  5. My heart doesn’t know what to do. Some days I’m certain I’m keeping him but some days I’m worn down and wonder if I’m doing the right thing? I worry he might not be as happy with someone else?

  6. 16 weeks is still a very young puppy. Don’t worry, this phase will not last 15 years. By the time they’re 1 they should be well behaved enough to have freedom and not need quite as much exercise or supervision. But you have to be diligent NOW to make that happen.

  7. Thanks for the advice. I think you read 16 weeks, but he’s 16 months lol, no worries. I’ll give your advice a try though as it seems very sound. Thanks for replying!

  8. My dog absolutely loved going to dog daycare if that’s in your budget. It’s great for them to socialize with other dogs and play.

  9. A good enrichment game I’ve used is sprinkling their kibble on a towel and then rolling it up and tying it in a knot, you can also roll it up and freeze it. Then the dog has to work their nose and paws to get dinner. It was a life saver with our puppy. We also played hide and seek, but we’re a two person household so that made it easier, but you can play it solo too if you want to work on their sit and stay commands too.

  10. I was also gonna say make sure to let him be in his crate or bed for some time too … not as punishment but they need that down time.

  11. Get with a trainer. Dogs also need scheduled downtime otherwise you just get a really fit little a$$hole. If you haven’t crate trained, do it. Set a schedule for activity and downtime. It will save your sanity. Youtube has videos from trainers on teaching your dog to relax. You didn’t say what breed your dog is. Knowing the breed can help you determine what activity will best help you be successful.

  12. Yes! Another thing my trainer mentioned is that by physically exercising him you just get a dog that wants more physical exercise. Mental stimulation is the way. :)

  13. He will definitely calm down and won't always be as crazy as he is now. I always find that between 3-4 they really settle down, they don't lose their personality by any means, but they just get much easier, more on your schedule and are much happier to rest until it's time to do something (habit or cos you got them excited).

  14. If he’s 16 weeks and has all his shots might be time for dog park. Teach him to get on w other job ups. Herd them til he’s tired. 😀

  15. Cattle dogs have such interesting brains. They can take a context and run with it. There was a famous one called Skidboot, whose owner didn't really want him but figured teaching him some things would make him useful around the ranch. Wound up having an entire career as a trick dog, and it changed the guy's life. He didn't know how to train a dog, so his methods are really unique. Worth a youtube wander.

  16. If you’re on Facebook there are lots of groups for dog enrichment that give you ideas to make them work their brains. A lot of them use household items also so you’re not dropping 30 bucks on a puzzle today that is good for a day.

  17. Are you able to ride a bike? I am 62 and several months ago adopted a very, very energetic dog who loves to run. I bought a Walky Dog Plus bike attachment and we go on 5-mile rides twice a day, so about a total of 2 hours, and that satisfies her need to run. It's also much easier on me, physically, than walking for 5 miles. (I tried the puzzle feeders and she figured them out right away; however feeding out of the wobbly Kong thing was a hit.)

  18. Fetch: It may be easier to tire the pup out by repeatedly throwing a ball or a frisbee or other toy and let him run and bring it back to you. Check out YouTube for videos of how to teach a dog to play fetch if he’s not naturally inclined to do this already.

  19. My friend who's a dog trainer that's fostered hundreds of dogs says that the first two years are hard. Here's hoping you turn a corner next year.

  20. My trainer told me that when she got sick and couldn't walk her dog very much, she turned to indoor mental stimulation games and training. It was encouraging as I am often exhausted and can't get my husky out as much as he technically needs.

  21. Dog park. 100%. He has a lot of energy now. But he should mellow out by the time he’s about 4 or so. But until then, dog park dog park dog park. You can also look into good daycares to put him into during the day. All he needs is to get so tired, he doesn’t want to bother.

  22. Maybe you could look into finding a family that can adopt him….there are options beyond just sending him to a shelter, especially if you’re willing to give it time to find the right fit

  23. You have gotten a lot of good advice here. The snuffle mats and puzzles will help. On your walks, are they slow walks? If you can’t move particularly fast, something you could try is ride a bike (so you can go faster), which may help tire him out sooner. There are arms that attach to the back wheel of the bicycle that keeps the dog about 2’ away. Also, have you tried Kongs or other toys you can toss and get him to bring back? I had a dog who was obsessed with her kong. My brother said she would be exhausted but still manage to crawl to it. She may not move for an hour afterwards. Yours may prefer rubber balls (solid only please), tennis balls or something else. Tossing a toy keeps you from working as hard. You could also try a frisbee. I used to pretend to toss a frisbee, then when my dog turned around to look for it, I would send it close to her mouth. She picked it up pretty quickly.

  24. Dogs are good for health... And pretty much dogs copy your energy the longer you are with them... And they get under your skin so I would be cautious about giving him away because you could start to miss him around... Talk to him, pet him, I would even dare to say look at him as 2 year old baby who explores world and help him to do that and eventually he will calm down as there is less and less new things around...

  25. If he is socialized and gets along with other dogs, If you haven’t already,enroll yourself and the dog in obedience class. After you and him have mastered that,look for a Fly Ball group. Herding breeds really get into the sport and it is fun for humans too. The pup will look forward to it and you will meet lots of great people. Humans basically cheer from the side lines while the dogs have all the fun. So being disabled is not a problem as nothing is physically required from the human.

  26. Have you tried a Flirt Pole? If your dog has a high prey drive, you could tire him out without much effort

  27. "I never wanted a dig" makes me ask - do you actually want to keep the dog if it xan be worn out without wearing you down and leaving you in pain?

  28. I'm way late to this but by chance is there any dog groups in your area that you could socialize your pup in? Cattle dogs have so much energy and mine personally got worn out playing with other dogs the best. They are constantly needing a "job" so best bet is keeping it busy. For real, train it harder level commands. Fetch a shoe for you anything that kept it working. They can learn very young!

  29. He’s part heeler part terrier - heelers are extremely smart dogs (and VERY high energy!). You can try to do different training to help mentally tire him out. Teach him to open the fridge and grab you a cold one. Teach him to bring slippers. Heelers are working dogs and if they don’t get their energy out, can be very destructive. Since you’re home a lot with him, use it as a time to teach to your benefit. His energy will mellow out somewhat at 2, but still will have a bundle. Lots of trainers have YouTube videos on how to teach random/silly tricks.

  30. Snuffle mats are great! But not fun to clean.. also, The laser thermometer doubles as a great dog toy that really tires out our dog! Edit: wanted to add… while you lay on the couch!

  31. We had the same problem. Exercising our puppy more just made her even more energetic. They need a decent amount of movement, but not more than that. What you need in order to calm your pup is sniffing games!

  32. Just want to chime in to say that I also felt completely overwhelmed by my two pups who are now 18 months old. Right around 14-16 months, I was wondering if I made a huge mistake but they are calming down and are easier to deal with now. They get one long walk/run around our large property and a short outside play time per day, sometimes two play times. If you want to hang in there, it will probably improve but the breed mix you have is not an easy dog so maybe give rehoming a shot. You can always get a lap dog later if you find you miss having a dog. If you already feel overwhelmed and also have health issues, you may not want to spend the energy and money on trainers, day care, etc. And that’s fine. Nothing wrong with feeling the way you do. And nothing wrong with re-homing.

  33. There are many high energy breeds and working dogs that will essentially never get the exercise they need just by walking. No amount of walks are going to lower their energy levels. I think the trick is finding a way to tire them out without you having to match their exercise level. Two suggestions:

  34. There are many high energy breeds and working dogs that will essentially never get the exercise they need just by walking. No amount of walks are going to lower their energy levels. I think the trick is finding a way to tire them out without you having to match their exercise level. Two suggestions:

  35. How long have you had him? I was completely overwhelmed when I first got my dog and was convinced I was a horrible owner. I considered giving her up almost everyday but stuck with it only because she was my granddad’s dog and I couldn’t bear to let my last reminder of him go.

  36. My son had him from 8 weeks old till he was about 16 months. It was then that he decided he didn’t want him. At 16 years of age my teenager became too busy just like I told him he would.

  37. Look up feeding puzzles- there are many you can make at home with things you already have. Mental stimulation can tire dogs out even more than exercise!

  38. I will suggest crate training. It was a life saver for us. Teach him to go in the crate and shower him with the best treats lots of them. Our dog (16months) can’t tun fast enough to his crate when we give the command because he gets a bucket of treats. The hard part is to teach him to relax inside. Ignore any complaints and only let him out when he keeps quiet and stays calm. Do this every day, a few times a day, building from a few minutes to a hour and so on.

  39. I would set a schedule and try to stick to it as best you can. Also, look up enrichment toys for dogs. A lot you can make yourself. Kong (the black ones) work for us in the summer esp when it’s hot and I’m not about to do a million walks in AL heat. You can also find some other pet parents and have play dates.

  40. Read up on dog enrichment. Puzzle feeders. Lick mats. Snuffle mats. Home made items for shredding. And by working on training him using positive reinforcement will also tire him out and help build a bond between you It takes a way shorter time to tire a dog out challenging their mind then through exercise

  41. I’ve been reading through everyone’s replies and I’m touched by how many people took the time to offer advice which means a lot to me. I live in an apartment so the flirting pole is not an option but sounded awesome. My son has a crate at his place but is bringing it over. Any advice on how to crate train is welcomed. He’s such a great dog and it amazes me how smart he is. It know I’m going through an adjustment period and he is too and that it will take some time. I’m also encouraged by other’s similar experiences and it gives me hope!

  42. This might be terrible advice, but we got another dog for ours to play with. He was a crazy, hyper, flying teeth and his nickname was Spock the Destroyer. Soooo many things ruined. We adopted a female pitt mix who could stand up to his wild ways, and they are best friends. She will happily play tug, chase, and let him hump her until his crazy hearts content.

  43. Just in the puppy stages the dog is Young and full of energy and if you are home all day train the dog it's not the dog it's the owners 100% train the dog get little one bite treats and teach the dog by verbal commands never hit the dog hitting the dog causes more damage than good you can't get that through to some people training training training verbal verbal verbal tone of voice and the same thing day and day out of dog is a pack animal they need to learn their place in the pack and you will have the greatest dog ever you shouldn't have any problems with a back problem or a medical problem while taking care of a dog it is all in the training because it takes some time yes but your son needs to get on board with you also with this situation time for him to become a young adult

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