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If it's in the budget I would consider getting him day care 2-3 days a week and a pet sitter for a mid-day let out/walk/play session for the days he's not in daycare. He's pretty young to be asked to stay in his crate for a full work day (to be honest, I don't think any dog of any age should be in a crate for that long without a break/let out). You might be able to pull back on the day care and pet sitters once he's reliable loose in the house and at least has the ability to get up and move around throughout the day, but right now I think you're asking a lot of him, given the amount of formal exercise you can offer him when you are home.
I doubt any of what you are seeing is hormonal... he's a typical adolescent and simply doesn't need as much sleep as he did as a younger puppy. To be honest, his exercise needs are likely to increase over the next year or so, so better to start figuring out how to meet those needs now. I think he'll eventually "level out" and you'll all settle into a reasonable routine, but right now he just really needs to MOVE more.
I also second the idea of getting him into a class. If his manners are solid, then take a look for something like Rally, competitive obedience, nose work, CGC or tricks. It's not so much about exercise but about using his mind and tiring him out by thinking. It will also give you some "homework" to use during those nights when you're stuck inside. When he's a bit older, agility would also be a great option to try.
Another thought to keep in mind is that some dogs just need to be taught how to settle. I know my dogs get a burst of energy at about 8:00 every night, just as we're settling to chill for an hour or so before bed. We often have to just say "no, go lay down." They don't like that answer, but we're entitled to some down time too! If you get to the point where you're pretty confident that you are providing adequate exercise and your dog is still kinda pacey at night, then giving them a bone to chew on or a puzzle to figure out or just teaching them to settle on their bed is a reasonable response.
Last edited by pawsnpaca; 08-19-2019 at 12:56 PM.