My 12-week old Maltipoo puppy is very playful, happy and energetic in the mornings. But, from late afternoon throughout the evening, she is very restless, doesn't want to play and can't seem to settle down. During these times, I try to play with her, I throw her ball to retrieve (which she loves to do in the mornings), but she doesn't seem interested in playing. After dinner, we put her on the sofa with us with a nylabone or a kong or a chew toy such as puppy teething keys. After a short time, she becomes restless and wants to get down. Sometimes she will chew her nylabone after getting down on the floor. but again gets restless after a few minutes. I've tried putting her in her crate near us in the living room while we watch TV so she can be with us, but again, she cries and seems unhappy. So, finally, I take her crate back to her "room" where she stays during her naps and my husband and I finish watching TV until our bedtime. When I go to her area, she is resting quietly in her crate. We then move her crate next to our bed and she sleeps well throughout the night, except for potty calls. During the day, she is on a schedule where I alternate having her up for about 45-60 minutes at a time for play or for a walk, or for working on commands, or for a grooming session. After being up, she then naps for about 2 or 2-1/2 hours at a time. This routine continues throughout the day. I am upset that she seems so restless and unhappy from late afternoon onward. Am I doing something wrong? Is she getting enough sleep? She gets around 18 hours of sleep daily. She is a toy Maltipoo and at 12 weeks of age, she weighs 3 pounds. Her appetite is good and she is otherwise a delightful bundle of joy. Please tell me why she is acting so restless and what I can do so she can be happy and settle down with us during the evening.
You are not doing anything wrong and everything right. What is happening or has happened is your dog is what is called classicly conditioned...like pavlovs dogs. she knows that inside the crate is calm, nappy time. Outside the crate is play time. When she is pacing she is tired and wants to sleep. but from being conditioned to only sleeping in the crate has made her somewhat restless outside of it. My puppies do the same tihng. I bet if you open her crate she readily goes in. it's like a toddler who spins out when they are to tired. just put her in the crate and let her sleep. as she gets older she will settle outside out the crate.