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BlueKarou Thu 23-Jul-15 13:55:11

Just wanted to check something.

My lurcher pup is 13 1/2 weeks. I've been keeping him downstairs so he doesn't run up and down the stairs, and have been lifting him in and out of the car, as I figured was the rule for pups under 6 months. My Mum, who is kindly looking after puppy during my work days, has pointed out that he leaps on and off the sofas when playing with the other dogs and there's nothing to be done to stop that. He's a leggy beast, so it's an easy jump for him.

Should I be worried? I'm not, at the moment, but I keep reminding myself that puppy bones are still growing, and green stick fractures can & do happen.

Do I somehow ban him from jumping on/off the sofa (hard as my dog, and both of my mum's are allowed on the furniture) or is the stair-avoidance and lifting in and out of the car risk-aversion enough?

I do not remember having to figure this out when my older dog was a puppy!

LBOCS Thu 23-Jul-15 13:58:59

My lurcher puppy tears into our living room, leaps onto the sofa, up the arm, launches himself off the arm of the sofa onto repeat, jumps up at me, onto the chairs, onto the kitchen table or his crate, back down again when he gets caught... It's a good question because I've been wondering this too. I don't know how to stop him though, as he's so excitable. To be honest we've not even done that well in keeping him downstairs as he's still little enough to wiggle his way through the stairgate.

LBOCS Thu 23-Jul-15 13:59:20

Not repeat. The floor.

BlueKarou Thu 23-Jul-15 16:01:23

Phew; maybe it's just another one of these mad lurcher things I'm learning about. Fluffy dog has always been lazy and needy. Lucher pup is a ball of energy on long legs!

Mine won't be going upstairs until he's completely, reliably house trained and I've separated some space off for the poor cats. He's getting there on the house training front, but if I'm not quick enough I do get a mess on the kitchen floor. Upstairs is all carpeted, and definitely not ready for puppy accidents.

LBOCS Thu 23-Jul-15 16:27:33

Yeah, toddler DD has called me into her bedroom with the words 'mummy, come quickly, there's poo on the floor! Ugh, it's dis^gus^ting'!

Cheers, puppy.

GreyAndGoldInTheMeadow Thu 23-Jul-15 16:38:36

Mine (not a lurcher) would do the same as soon as he was big enough to jump up. Not sure really how to stop it other than if he's too over excited and doing zoomies to crate them until calm or distract with a quiet training session or gentle game (my auto correct is insisting on genital game which is NOT what I mean at all thankyouverymuch. shock hmm )Seemed a bit to fun police for me though so I mostly let him get on with it.

BlueKarou Thu 23-Jul-15 17:09:49

If he's clearly overdue a nap I'll crate him, but as you say, Grey, I don't want to stop him from playing when he's just having fun. I don't want the crate to be a place of frustrated puppy, especially as we've got to the good stage of his being happy to go in there if he wants a sleep.

Gentle game (thankfully the PC doesn't auto-correct things!) and training session sounds like a good idea; he is just entering the toothy stage, so I'm working on that too. Thankfully he's super treat-obsessed and seems to be picking up basic commands fairly quickly.

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