Our corgi, Abbey, is 5 months old and is definitely a handful as most other puppies are. Our main issue is in the evening. When Abbey gets tired, she refuses to just lay down. If she feels herself getting tired, she will jump up and just run around. She starts to nip more and just becomes cranky in general. Does anyone else seem to have this issue? How can it be resolved? All she wants to do is lay down since she looks exhausted, but won't!

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Comment by Marion and Vern on July 17, 2010 at 10:38pm
Sami used to do the same thing and as odd as this may sound we gave her a time-out, between 3-5 minutes. We also had a room we could put her in for the time-out, it worked like a charm. When we let her back out she would behave much better. Good luck
Comment by Becky Ivey on July 17, 2010 at 9:01pm
Have you tried sitting Abbey by you & giving her a bone? My pups chew a bone every evening at bedtime. It helps them get still enough to sleep. Our youngest child was like your Abbey, so we would place a favorite toy under our bed so she had to crawl under there to get it. 99% of the time she would fall asleep under the bed. All it took was her lying down.
Comment by RILEY, MAGGIE and Christine Kemp on July 17, 2010 at 2:51pm
Now doesn't that sound just like a human child...refusing to lay down and rest when tired! Our Riley did the same thing, usually in the evening. He would start barking, it was obvious that he was tired and needed a rest. After a few minutes of being annoying he would lay down and take a nap. For the most part he has grown out of this behavior (he is 1 year old today).
Comment by Jennifer Cornacchia on July 17, 2010 at 1:39pm
She does sleep in a crate at night and usually has no problem going right to bed, it's the evening time when we are still up and she's tired that she won't just relax lol. I sometimes put her in another room and she goes right down. It just doesn't work when she's with us.
Comment by Carla on July 17, 2010 at 12:08pm
Everyone's given great advice, I just want to echo Beth's comment regarding the energy of puppies like that transitioning to adulthood. This was also true for my pup Casey (who technically isn't an adult, but at one year old has NOT slowed down one bit. In fact, she's got even more energy than before...). I imagine Casey will be a high energy dog well into old age. This is fine with me, I love going out with her, but could be frustrating for some. She gets 1 1/2 - 2 hours of excercise and training/playing on a regular day (more on weekends) but that's just the tip of the iceberg for her. Casey will only relax when you make her do so, otherwise she's on the go all the time.
Comment by Beth on July 17, 2010 at 11:49am
Jack used to be exactly like that. Like Bev said, they are like little kids at that age. The world is all brand new, and some of them just can't bear the thought of missing any activity, so they won't sleep no matter how tired. We would come home from work, take Jack for a long walk (as long as a little puppy can go on), give him ages to play in his pool and then play with toys. He'd be so tired he'd be staggering, but instead of sleeping he'd get cranky and nippy, just like you describe. I'd just pick him up, say "YOU need a nap" and plop him in his ex-pen. He'd bark and whine for a minute or two and then pass out cold and go to sleep.

Be forewarned: In Jack's case, this signaled that he was to become a relatively high-energy adult. He's still always on the go. A couple months ago we took them for a two-hour off-leash hike; we went about a mile and half, the dogs went easily five miles. We got home and Maddie slept for hours. Jack (now 3) took a half-hour power nap and started bringing me tennis balls. *sigh*
Comment by Holiday Thomas on July 17, 2010 at 11:41am
Olive is almost four months old and we can tell when she is getting overly tired when the SPM (squeaks per minute) of the toy she is chewing on gets above 100. Then it's either crate or puppy pen time!
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on July 17, 2010 at 11:10am
Oh yes, like Sam said, the walking makes a big difference. If I don't get to take the pups out for their evening before-bed walk they don't sleep as well and it takes way longer for them to pass out.
Comment by Sam Tsang on July 17, 2010 at 9:55am
Cassandra is correct, you can also amp up your outdoor on leash walk time, corgis are herding dogs that require physical and mental stimulation, once their needs are met, they will sleep like a log. Make her crate the best place in the world.
Comment by sheila hatcher on July 17, 2010 at 9:36am
I used to get mine up on the sofa with me and massage her they get to liking it and relax and go to sleep

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