How To Tire Out A Puppy: Pet Owner Hacks You Need To Know
Small or big breed, puppies are highly active and have an abundance of energy to spend due to their young age. It is only natural that they want to explore their home and play with other dogs or other people.
However, as owners, we know when our puppy already needs to rest despite appearing to be too energetic. Knowing how to tire out a puppy can help you calm down your pooch into resting. Here are some things we think you need to know for this task.
Puppy Play Time
As much as I love my dogs, I also acknowledge that it was no joke being an owner of four dogs. But what’s even more challenging was when they were still puppies. It was a lot more work than now that they’re already grown up dogs.
When adopting or buying a dog as a puppy, it is very important to be as hands-on as possible. Patience is also an important virtue to have when raising a puppy. You have to be ready for what it entails to be a puppy owner.
Since puppies are separated from their mothers at a very young age, they need all the nutrition they can get from puppy solutions and tender loving care from you. As for my dogs when they were still puppies, I remember them crying a lot when they are hungry.
Just like a human child would. They would also cry when they want to pee or poo. And when they were a few months older, they loved running around all over the place. My puppies loved playing around and digging dirt.
They also liked snuggling and fitting themselves into small or cramped spaces. Which is why we had to help them get out every now and then. However, as much as we’d want to let them play, they also needed enough rest and sleep to grow healthy.
That is why today, we will be listing down a simple step by step instruction guide to help you tire out your puppy.
Tiring Out Your Puppy
Again, tiring out a puppy is beneficial to those pet owners who are trying to get their pooches to calm down and rest. Especially, those puppies with anxiety or hyperactivity. But don’t worry because you don’t always have to take your puppies outside to do this.
There are some activities that you can actually do with your puppy at the comforts of your own home.
Things You’ll Need:
Take your puppy out for a walk.
Similar to humans, going out for a walk is a very important habit for dogs to keep them healthy. And while we are also acknowledging that puppies cannot walk too much distances, a light 10 to 15 minute walk would do.
Especially for puppies of larger breeds. Not only can this help them get accustomed to the “outside” world, this can also help exercise their heart and lungs. Walking in a park full of grass and trees would also be more ideal.
Who knows, your puppy might even make new friends with your neighbors’ dogs while on the walk.
Try some puppy training, especially on obedience.
Training is one of the most effective yet sometimes underrated ways to make a puppy tired. Not only are you making your puppy exert some physical effort, you also make your puppy think and make decisions.
This training can either be potty training, obedience training or even training to learn new “tricks”. Just as we mentioned earlier, you can use a clicker or a whistle to do this. But don’t forget that after every training session, it is very important to reward your puppy as well.
And this does not only mean giving your pooch some treats, a simple kiss or pat on the head will make your puppy feel appreciated and contented. Remember, dogs appreciate affection as much as they appreciate treats because they are social beings too.
Play with your puppy.
Make bonding time more fun with your puppies by incorporating toys and/or puzzles every play time. You can play fetch or hide and seek (or hide and treat?) with your puppy to tire them out while in the comforts of your own home.
As for puzzles, there are toys that dispense treats from the holes every time your puppy rolls them over in the correct side or angle. Even a simple ball or frisbee can also be a source of fun and enjoyment for your pooch.
Despite having raised four puppies at one point, I realized that play time does not have to be about expensive toys. Injecting a little creativity can greatly improve play time with your pooch.
Let your puppy play with other dogs as well.
Now, we all know how fun it is to simply just spend the rest of the day with our dog/s. However, just like us, our dogs also need interaction with species of their kind. Which is why it is important to let your pup have their play time with other pups as well.
This can be with just the other puppy in your neighbor or you can throw a mini puppy party altogether at home in your porch. Exposing your puppy to a lot of other dogs can also help them become less aggressive to other dogs when they grow older.
You’d be surprised to find your pooch snoozing and snoring already in one corner after the puppy party.
Cool down and end the day with some swimming.
Finally, on hot, summer days, it is very ideal to tire your puppy out by having water games or swimming instead. This can help lessen over fatigue, overheating or breathing problems for your pooch from being too active on a hot day.
Though some dogs might not seem to like it, dipping in a pool of cool water on a hot day relaxes dogs a lot. Actually swimming and playing around in the pool helps tire them out without increasing their body heat too much.
At The End of The Day
There’s nothing wrong with tiring out your puppy. Especially if you feel like they really need to burn out all that energy to be able to rest. Moreover, you do not have to spend so much to engage your pooch in creative and fun-filled activities.
You simply have to think outside the box. However, be sure to also watch out for signs that your puppy already needs to stop playing such as panting and heavy breathing. And don’t forget to keep your pooch hydrated by making them drink water.