Puppies are precious furballs that are full of joy and energy! They are almost always up to something and when they’re not up to something they’re either sleeping or being your shadow.
We know that training and raising a puppy into a mature dog can definitely be a challenging task and we are here to help make this journey easier for you and your pooch! Let’s take a look at what are normal puppy energy levels, when to expect your puppy to calm down and mature, and some ways to promote calmness.
Understanding Your Puppy’s Energy
Every dog is different and they have unique genetics and character traits. Therefore, some dogs will have higher levels of energy compared to others.
Some breeds, such as border collies, for example, are known to have higher energy levels. Basically, if your dog is from a breed that is known to be great working dogs or sporting dogs, you should automatically expect that your dog will always have a slightly higher energy level compared to other dogs.
What’s normal for a puppy, you ask? That’s a great question! Below is a general timeline of a normal puppy’s energy levels based on the various stages and ages of puppyhood.
Puppy Energy Level Timeline:
- Newborns to 10 Weeks: Your precious pooch is considered an actual fur baby at this stage of his or her life. Puppies seem like the energizer bunny at this stage of puppyhood and they will need to be entertained and stimulated most of the time. At least when they are not asleep, that is. Puppies love to run around the house and the backyard, play with toys, chew on bones, learn to interact with people and other dogs, play bite, and explore boundaries and their new surroundings. The result of a bored puppy will definitely be misbehavior, so it is best to implement both creative and basic methods of entertainment and stimulation for a pup on a daily basis.
- Ages 10 to 16 Weeks: During this phase of your pup’s life, it is quite common for your pooch to still have a bunch of energy and playfulness. Puppies at this age go from being the perfect little angel to your pup who tests the boundaries by biting and sometimes disobeying you. During this phase of life, it is imperative that you consistently work on training your pooch to obey commands. You will also have to start cracking down on any misbehavior such as going into trash cans and tearing up things inside the house. Usually, a puppy that is being trained and physically stimulated enough will only misbehave minimally. Also, during this phase teething is taking place and we highly recommend that you have some amazing chew toys and bones with delicious flavors for your precious puppy.
- Ages 4 to 6 Months: During this stage of puppyhood, your puppy will enjoy interacting a lot more with other dogs. Some puppies are shy when they are younger, but as they begin to develop a solid routine at home and more overall confidence they become more outgoing. Your pooch might become interested in playing and fighting with other dogs and wrestling with you and others for fun over playing with their favorite squeak or chew toys. This is a great stage to really pay attention to your pup’s overall behavior. If you notice any shortness of temper, anxiety, or fearfulness now is the best time to address any of those concerns with the help of a certified trainer. Usually, whenever anything slightly concerning is promptly addressed, it rarely becomes a problem later on.
- Ages 6 to 12 Months: Your pooch is now a lot bigger in size than when you first got him or her and they have a good sense of the family routine. However, your precious pooch is still a puppy! They will still have a decent amount of energy at this time of their lives. They definitely need 1 to 2 walks every day. It is also still crucial that you continue to train your pup, discipline them when needed, and teach them more commands and tricks to keep them happy and in check. They need to have fun but also realize that you are their loving parent who is in control for their own good.
- Ages 1 to 2 Years: By now you have basically conquered most of the challenges of puppyhood. Your precious pooch is almost a young adult and he or she will start to look more mature and will become calmer. Your pup should be obeying your commands 98% of the time by now and as long as you walk your pup each day and play with him or her all should be well.
At What Age Do Puppies Calm Down?
It is difficult to say when “your” puppy will calm down, but looking at the timeline, most puppies will start to settle around the 6-12 month mark.
With a well-established routine, a good foundation of training, and plenty of physical and mental and physical stimulation, your puppy will be calm and well-behaved by this time.
Ways to Promote Calmness in Dogs
Your pup should begin to calm down even more once he or she is between the ages of 2 to 3 years old. However, dogs still need to be walked and worked out in as many ways as possible each day to keep them healthy and happy. Besides walks and jogs, we highly recommend that you consider setting up playdates for your pup, going to a dog park, or sending them to a doggy day camp a few days out of the week. Hours of safe play and socialization will surely tire your pup out.
Another way to promote calmness is to not feed your doggy three to four hours before bedtime. We say this because anytime he or she eats they will be awake longer simply because their food is an energy source. Also, feeding your pup close to bedtime will not only cause him or her to be full of energy, but your pooch will also be awake due to the fact that the body is trying to digest most of the food.
Other ways to help your dog become calmer in nature are to play low-volume soothing music in your house, maintain a consistent schedule of events for you and your dog and to behave calmly yourself. Puppies and even older dogs pick up on the vibes of their environment. If you are not calm and if the schedule is very unpredictable, this could cause your pooch to become hyperactive due to anxiety.
Check out this video for some great tips on how to settle a dog down.
Overall, in order to have a calmer dog, we strongly encourage that you exercise your puppy as much as possible, start training him or her as soon as possible, have tons of patience during puppyhood, and create a consistent and peaceful schedule for your dog.
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