Is your puppy overtired?

by Melissa R. on March 27, 2013

Naptime for puppy

Naptime for puppy

I hear and read constantly that a “tired puppy is a good puppy!” And while this most certainly IS TRUE, there is another side to this story.

We do our very best to make sure our puppy gets plenty of activity. She is a high-energy pup, and we are aware of this so lots are in order for her! Play with toys, fetch toys, walks, running/playing outside, and training are all done every day. There is definitely a minimum amount of activity she needs in order to be pretty well manageable the rest of the day! I know I am in for it if I don’t get her outside for a good long walk or a lot of fetching outside. She will be mouthy, rambunctious, and getting into EVERYTHING if we don’t get the right amount of activity. I will be go-go-going all evening long. And personally, I like to be able to relax for a few minutes at least!

HOWEVER, I have discovered that when my puppy gets OVERTIRED, she gets very misbehaved as well! I’ve learned now to put her in her crate for a little snooze, and she always comes out a much more well-behaved and calm puppy. Usually she falls FAST ASLEEP. She doesn’t mind her crate time at all. In fact, I believe she likes it. When she is going-going-going, she does not know enough to make herself take a break. So then, she starts getting wound UP! She starts getting bitey, jumping, getting into everything, chasing the cats, and nothing seems to pull her out of it. So… I get a treat, and into her crate she goes. She gobbles her treat, then usually, lets out a BIG SIGH, and stretches out for a nap. It really is kinda comical!

So, keep this in mind with your puppy! Yes, she or he may have gotten TONS of activity that day… but are they misbehaving now simply because they need a little nap? Try it sometime; you may be surprised.

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Robyn September 11, 2015 at 11:42 am

OMG! Thanks for this post. I am raising a pup. He is 14 weeks old. I have found the very same with him and just searched for others that discovered this.

Thanks for the confirmation. You explained exactly what I am experiencing. I am glad this isn’t my imagination.

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