Our puppy is now 7 months old and we keep her in a quiet, good sized gated room, away from the rest of the house, for her rest periods so she is not disturbed by our activity. She has food and toys with her and she averages around 17 hours/day either sleeping or resting in her room. I take her on 3 walks/day and several short walks for potty breaks as well. I spend one-on-one time grooming, training and playing with her throughout the day. The problem is that when I cannot supervise her directly, but want to leave her out for free play, she does not play by herself and seems bored or aimless. Because she is still a puppy, she must be monitored at all times except when she is in her room. What can I do to get her to play and entertain herself when she is out of her room during times when I cannot spend one-on-one time with her. She is an active, playful puppy and she still must be watched so she stays out of trouble. She sleeps in an open crate in her room. I've tried bringing her crate in our living area but I must close the crate door and she cannot stand being confined in the crate. What suggestions do you have or is this lack of independent playing normal for her age?
To me, 17 hours 'resting' is way too much for such a young puppy. She's a puppy, she needs more attention than that, and more interaction. She's bored, and not toys can do the cure of human attention that puppies crave so much. Perhaps you should re-consider if you even have the TIME for a puppy.
maybe she needs more playtime with other dogs. Can you arrange a play group or take her to doggy camp one day? I kind of had to do that with Louie, it was like he didn't know what to do without me. Then, once he found a whole new world of playing at the dog park I didn't exist anymore. Essentially, you have to kind of let them go and be dogs and don't fuss over them too much.
1) When you play with the pup, make it very active play. Really wear her out. 2) Leave radio or TV on in her room. 3) Fill a Kong toy w/ peanut butter and leave it with her. 4) Get an exercise pen so she can be closer to you. Confined, but not inside a crate. 5) Lighten up! Would you isolate a child the same way and expect her to keep herself occupied?
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 12/9/2006 3:38:35 PM*** Reason: +
Everything I have read says that a puppy needs approximately 18 hours sleep per day and that the average adult sleeps about 16 hours/day. Based upon this, I assume that 17 hours/day is appropriate for my puppy.
First of all cut the time that she is spending in her "room" into about half. 17 hours alone is too long for a puppy. She should be at the age where she can be somewhat trusted, the fact that she is not, could be due to the fact that she spends most of her time confined. How is she supposed to learn what not to play with or get into when she never has a chance? What types of toys are you giving her when she is out of her room? Try maybe kongs filled with treats or even treat dispensers. I've never had this type of problem with any of my dogs or puppies. Maybe she's expected to be too independent? By about 5 months of age I can usually trust my dogs in the house without constant supervision, I gate off certain sections of the house and puppy proof the areas they are allowed in.
LMAO I definatly don't sleep an average of 17hrs a day! In fact I don't know any adult who does, or a child either. Oliver is about 3-4 months old and he sleeps maybe 10 hrs during the day but that's pretty scattered throughout the day and night.
Her daytime sleep is in intervals. She sleeps through the night for 8 hours. She walks & plays for 1-1/2 to 2 hour intervals. Then in between she goes to her room for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours at a time...again in intervals.
Stop and think about this...17 hours... How does that sound to you? Out of a 24 hour day, she is "sleeping/playing" ALONE for 17 of those hours. Wow. Dogs thrive on human interaction. I couldn't imagine leaving Mia (My Yorkie mix) alone for 17 hrs. He'd go crazy without the human contact. If he wants to sleep during the day, he'll go to his blanket or bed on his own...He doesn't need to be locked up. That just sounds awful.
Sienna said it best...do you really have the time for her?
***Edited By: MommaMia on 12/9/2006 9:17:23 PM*** Reason: Add