Hub has been walking Spike the past few days. Today, in particular, he ran into alot of other dogs including one of Spikes classmates. They puppy played for about 10 minutes. All in all it was a great but busy walk. When they got home Spike was wired but exhausted. Usually he'll eat around 4:30 and then crash for an hour or so but instead he ripped up a plush toy and was just all over the place and finally fell asleep about an hour and half later than "normal". What can I/we do to help him wind down from a busy walk? There is no problem if we just walk him around the block and he only encounters a person/dog or two. He chewed on a bone for a while but that didn't seem to help.
Mom to Spike & Tiller
I don't have a pup but my young fosters do get a burst of energy after a walk (even when I know they are tired). To be honest I just let them go at it.
If he is TOO distracted I say try either keeping the leash on inside and work on training right away for a minute or two with treat. Or...crate when you get in.
Or maybe if you have a fenced yard go there afer a walk.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
When Guthrie got overtired/overstimulated it was time for a "forced" nap(ie crate time!)
I agree that crate time is a great way to settle down Roscoe especially because when he gets out of control, he needs a nap. He also loves bully sticks and Himalyan dog chews because both are great to chew on.
My wife was watching the Animal Planet show, "It's me or the dog," the other night and the host, Victoria, was working with a family in Staten Island that had a border collie (I think) that had OCD. She suggested rubbing its belly in slow small circles right between the front legs. It worked great on the collie and with Roscoe too.