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We have a 4-month old v female who is an absolute joy all day long - playful but loves to snuggle, takes more naps some days and less others. She loves to be held, and I probably do carry her too much, but she is doing a better job every day getting used to her leash. The problem is - when the clock strikes 7:00pm and our family has settled into some place around the living room or kitchen of office, she becomes a crazy dog! She's nippy, runs around the house at top speed, growls, really digs in her puppy teeth which I know is just play for her but it's SO incredibly different from her daytime personality. And it seems she spirals into crazier and crazier energy. By then, it's dark, so outside fun isn't really an option. Is she overtired? She gets tons of exercise and stimulation during the day. Just not sure how best to address this. Anyone?
 

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Put her in her crate about 10 minutes before the Witching Hour with a new toy or rawhide. Keep the crate in the room with you so he doesn't feel banished or punished. And consider carrying her around less, it reinforces her sense of entitlement to a high level of your attention,
 

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Welcome to the world of non stop energy! We have a 9 week old (Archimedes) that is full of it. lol our solution is a tight schedule from play, to bathroom, to food. My husband and I both take turns, so it helps. Before he eats dinner around 6:30 p.m. we run him pretty hard... up and down hills, chasing games, and fetch. he calms down after that and wants to cuddle. Fortunately, we live on a large 3 acre property and play hard/run and/or fetch for about 4 hours a day. In the evening he is pooped! In fact today he was outside all day and hes been napping since 7:30! Typically, in order for him to sleep through the night with no whining, barking, etc... we actually co-slept with him instead of crate or separation and he's been perfect. Sharkies? We've had it all... I actually call it "shark week" hahahahaa gently grab the snout and firmly say "no bite". We've decided to give him fuzzy stuffed toys and excellent organic brown rice imitation raw hides and his little mouth is preoccupied for 30 minutes! We will crate later but we made him a play-pen similar to the one his breeder had set up in our living room... We feed him in it so he's used to being in a confined space that is comforting... toys, blankets, and a nice bed. We gradually leave him alone in short but longer increments so he knows we return before too long. The first year is the most work, but its worth it! I hope this helped!! Enjoy your new baby!! 🤗 P.S. we noticed at night once a week, I give him a warm massage/bath and he is out cold!
 

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Welcome to the world of non stop energy! We have a 9 week old (Archimedes) that is full of it. ...
P.S. we noticed at night once a week, I give him a warm massage/bath and he is out cold!
It's great to hear from a new puppy owner who hasn't been reduced to tears by their demon puppy. Congratulations on your success, as hard-won as it is.

RE: his bath - I would suggest not using soap/shampoo. There have been enough requests for help with skin problems that it seems that V's have sensitive skin. They are naturally clean as well and don't need soap. A warm bath does seem like a good calming technique - I wonder if it would help with fear of thunder.
 

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I agree on the baths being to often, if your using a shampoo on him. If you're just using a warm Epsom salt bath, it won't dry out the skin.
 
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