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Routines: Why has my adorable cute very young puppy suddenly turned into a naughty, nippy frantic Tasmanian devil?

Chances are, they’re  overtired. Working out a routine can make life much easier. It doesn’t have to be strict- flexibility can be helpful. If a dog is put to bed or fed at exactly the same time every day, the day his family has a flat tyre, they’ll be late and they’ll have a bad day too. Something as simple as the clocks changing in March or October can really throw a rigid schedule. It’s better to set flexible rules- something like “tea time is between 6 and 7pm” or “pup is calmer when naps are around 2 1/2 hours after they wake up”. The flexible rules will probably need a little tweaking as you get to know pup and as they mature, needing fewer meals and more sleep. 

(If they’re frantic and  not tired, then check somewhere like allaboutdogfood.co.uk to see if they’ve had some additives recently).

As you get to know your pup spotting those early signs of tiredness will becomes easier- so you can step in and encourage a nap before it gets too hectic.

Training really helps- well, obviously we’d say this… it’s true in so many ways: learning something new makes them tired. I pick my training time strategically as they’re pretty much guaranteed to sleep afterwards. Training is, essentially, teaching dogs the words to various actions. Later, when you need to, you can ask for those things so that everyone’s life gets easier and safer. Working on leave/ drop is the most essential safety task. Playing the listening while excited game makes it much easier for them to control their impulses. As such ,they’ll be able to think a bit clearer and make wiser decisions 

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