Energy Burn Off
These energy burn off times can be a positive or negative experience. Lets analyze the positive first. If an energy burn off comes up when you are at home with your pup, it can provide you with an excellent opportunity to structure some really fun and educational use of a playtime. The results of this type of session are easy training, fun learning plus the added bonus of a tired out pup at the end of it all.
A tired pup is a quieter and less destruc-tive pet in the house. For this reason, I recom-mend working owners or busy families, to try at all costs to have an energy burn off session with the puppy before leaving for the day. Even 5 to 10 minutes will make a tremendous difference. Then place your puppy in the most puppy-proof room or spot available in your home. A garage is OK if it has been completely puppy proofed and the temperature is reasonable for your particular breed. Provide lots of chewy things, and an old blanket or towel. (OLD so that when you come home and find it shredded you can laugh as you sweep it into the garbage and replace it with another old one).
Remember, what you give him in that restricted area is his, so don’t leave anything you are too attached too. Playing a radio also helps soothe the puppy and give him a feeling of not being left alone. Someone really should try to exercise the puppy at least every 4 hours if pos-sible. In some situations this is impossible, but don t feel guilty. Your pup will adjust to whatever lifestyle you provide for it. Perfection is not what is important to your pup. Your mutual love and his respect for you are what really count.
Now you actually have to have respect for your puppy as well but, don’t forget you are the master, not the puppy. Like your children, you love them and respect their space but you still are the parent. And, to be sure, kids should love and respect their parents. At least that is the ideal situation. Ordinary walks are good for your pup but these are not energy burn off where the pup rips and tears around at full speed, being himself, a silly, clumsy, typical puppy.