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Is it normal for a puppy to go absolutely berserk after a day with different people looking after them?

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Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 16:53:06

Please please tell me this is normal! Pup is 12 weeks old, we’ve had him for 2 weeks. I had to work 9-3 today so he’s had 6 hours with my parents. They’ve had him before but only for 2hours.

I’ve come home to a demon pup. He was absolutely frenzied, running laps of the garden, nipping (he nipped my crotch!) barking at the wind, peed all over the kitchen floor-twice. I fed him and put him in his pen with a chew-he went bonkers, barking and crashing against the door.

Took him out and sat him on a blanket on my knee. After some chewing of the blanket he’s crashed but he’s still wired-every little noise he’s startling awake.

The kids haven’t been fed, I’m still in my work clothes, kitchens covered in wee and mud.

Fuck my life 🤯

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talia66 Fri 29-Nov-19 16:59:59

yep! This sounds like my puppy!! Good news is that after a couple of months this has settled a bit for me - so don't worry he will get into the routine. x

pigsDOfly Fri 29-Nov-19 17:20:53

Don't 12 week old puppies have a tendency to go berserk generally.

Everything was different today so I imagine it's thrown him a bit and now he's all edgy and, as you say, wired.

Try to keep things around him as calm as possible, I know it's hard, and it will pass.

Dog's are funny creatures. My 8 year old dog does zoomies around the living room every single time we come home from a walk; you'd think we'd been away from home for months the way she gets so excited.

picklemepopcorn Fri 29-Nov-19 17:23:15

Ah, he's anxious! He thought he'd lost you forever! (Thank goodness she's come home!)
All that stress hormone needs to be run off.

Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 19:55:13

I managed to pull it back together. Once pup was fast asleep I put him back in his pen where he slept for 2 hours! Managed to get changed and spend some time with the kids. Kitchens had a mop through and I cobbled together a supper for us all. DH is now home and having a lovely time with a calm and sleepy puppy curled up on his lap whilst I try to bring my blood pressure back down to normal.

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Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 19:56:22

Here’s the monster!

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ruthieness Fri 29-Nov-19 19:57:58

we call this "mad dog in a circle" - we also found our dog does this after swimming or getting wet - maybe to get dry and warm up!

Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 19:58:20

Thankyou for the messages of reassurance, they’re so helpful.

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Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 20:01:23

😆 he’s damn lucky he’s so cute!

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iamtinkabella Fri 29-Nov-19 20:03:05

oh my god, he is gorgeous!! I dont have a pup since since leaving the family home (im in my twenties) and this has made me want one again! I will swap you my toddler for the pupwink

SkeletonSkins Fri 29-Nov-19 20:04:22

Definitely overtired, our puppy used to go like that when she was exhausted but didn’t know what to do with herself. She used to just colide from one naughty behaviour to the next 😂

I’d encourage your parents to enforce a nap time if they can in a crate or similar so you don’t get full on demon puppy!

han01uk Fri 29-Nov-19 20:04:40

We call this the zoomies...frequently happened when dog is away,has a hair cut,is wet,dirty,had a bath,we have gone out and come back....the list is quite endless! Our nearly 13 year old spaniel still has quite impressive zoomies!

Keepaddingpets Fri 29-Nov-19 20:15:25


I just knew you had a spaniel from the zoomies description. 2 cockers here!!

Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 20:15:48

I think I wouldn’t mind if he was just being hyper/silly/running around it’s the biting that I find really difficult especially when he caught me on my crotch!

I’m learning though, I think next time it’ll be food, wee and straight onto my knee rather than trying to get him into his pen.

I told my parents they had to enforce nap time and I think they did try but he only had 30 mins this afternoon and I think the same in the morning. Like a pp said, it was all new to him.

Gosh I feel awful wishing time away but I do wish I could fast forward a year.

Our last dog was a terrier too, she was 5 when we got her. She never bit me once, she was the sweetest, gentlest thing. I really miss her 😥

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han01uk Fri 29-Nov-19 20:17:23

Keepadding - yep,she is a cocker!

SkeletonSkins Fri 29-Nov-19 20:22:09

If it helps our puppy got past the worst of this about about 16 weeks

Spotty528 Fri 29-Nov-19 20:33:23

That’s really good to hear, thank you! I’ll keep everything crossed that we find the same.

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