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Thank you so much for the add!  I have read alot on Goldendoodles, and lots of people recommend this group, so I am excited to be a part!!!  Im Kellye, and we have a 6 month old Goldendoodle named Maggie that we love and adore for 22 hours a day.  :) I say that because between the hours of 8pm and 10pm she turns into a different dog.  It seems that when the sun goes down, she cranks up.  Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, do you have any tricks?  She is super smart, has learned lots of tricks and obeys well, until dark.  Then we dont even recognize her.  She jumps on everyone, whether they are sitting, sleeping, cooking, it doesnt matter, and she tries to tear up anything she can...couch cushions, magazines, mail on the counter, puzzles on the table.  You name it.  Any advice would be appreciated.  I feel like we have tried everything we know!!  Last night we put her in her kennel during her crazy time, but when we let her out at 10:30, she picked right up where she left off, so that wasnt wise!!   Thank you guys!  I am looking forward to getting to know more doodle lovers like me!!!

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Comment by Kellye on January 15, 2018 at 8:48pm
Great idea!!! Thank you!!!!! We will definitely do our training in the afternoons now!!!
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 15, 2018 at 2:17am

PS - I use kibble as treats for this type of exercise (and in general - my dogs are fine with that!)

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 15, 2018 at 2:16am

My standby solution - puppy pushups.

Ok, not really pushups, but a repeated combo of "sit" and "down" commands, with treats as rewards.  It exercises their brain and their body all at the same time.  This depends on your pup knowing these two commands.

Simply put the dog in a "sit", treat. Follow with a "down" (as in lay down), treat.  "Sit" / treat, "Down" treat.  Etc.

After about 4 or 5 of these, your pup should be well settled for the night. ;)

Good luck!

Comment by Kellye on January 14, 2018 at 4:53pm

Update!!  Jo, you are right on the money!  Bedtime worked like a charm the last two nights.  We just went to bed early, and she followed right along.  Tonight Im going to try her own bedtime in her kennel, so that we are prisoners in our rooms after dark.  Lol! Thank you so much!  I will keep updating how this works!!  Fingers crossed!!

Comment by Kellye on January 13, 2018 at 6:48pm

Thank you everyone for your advice!!!  Jo, I found this site by reading your posts when Gizmo was a puppy.  They were so helpful to me.  I was so sad to read your posts as of late.  Im just so sorry.  

Teri, Im sorry that you are in this boat too, but Im so glad to not be alone!!!  It seems that like you, no matter how much we play during the day, when it gets dark, she completely changes!  Last week my husband took her to our hunting property where she ran around two or three miles without ever stopping and then swam for a good while, and still she was wired up at dark.  Lol!!  I really think that Jo is right and a bedtime might be something to try.  We put her to bed last night around 8, and there wasnt a peep out of her until this morning.  It is almost like she is fighting sleep like a toddler!  Lol!  If she has a little time with her bully stick or hoof after supper it tends to slow her down a little bit too.  We will try that again tonight!!  Thank you everyone for writing me back amd encouraging me.  I will post some more pics of our sweet girl shortly.  She is just starting to get her beard and look like a true doodle!  We just love her. 

Comment by Teri Fernandez on January 13, 2018 at 5:13pm

LOL I so relate to this. Our Oscar will be 6 months old soon and he goes crazy around 6-9 pm. Super hyper, nipping, jumping on us, tears up anything he can grab hold of. One thing that I do is take him on a very long walk at dusk, and this seems to help some but not totally. I am hoping he outgrows this as it drives us nuts. Otherwise, he is very smart, and affectionate but wow those times he turns into something else !

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 13, 2018 at 10:47am

She wants more attention.  Sounds like you already have some good support here.  I'd love to see more photos of Maggie!

Comment by Jo Bill on January 12, 2018 at 6:02pm

Hi Kellye.  We got our baby 6 1/2 years ago.  He was just like yours .... around 8 or 9 pm he would get the zoomies - running around the house, up on furniture, bouncing off the footstool, getting into everything that wasn't nailed down.  We finally decided he needed a "bedtime".  At 8:30-9:00 every night he went to his "condo".  He was not crate trained.  The condo was a space in our laundry room that was closed off with a pocket door on one end and a baby gate on the other.  He learned that when I said bedtime, he got a dog cookie, and had to lay on  his mat.  Usually he went just fine.  After he learned the routine, he was content to lay down and go to sleep.  Gizmo was a terror!  He shredded a pair of pants and tore holes in a couple shirts from jumping and grabbing at me.  We got through it though.  It took a long time, though.  But I found that the more training/playing time I gave him during the day, the more content he was to lay by us and chew on a chew toy.  He became such a lover puppy, but he could still get into trouble a lot.

Good luck with your pup.  I'm sure she'll grow up to be wonderful!

Comment by Kellye on January 12, 2018 at 5:53pm

Hi Dana!!  That is exactly what my husband says!!  He assures me that when the weather warms up, we will have a much more satisfied pup!!!  I hope so!!!  Our Maggie is the same way.  She has no interest in any kind of organized play, and instead would rather grab things from the counters or get the toilet paper rolls lately!  And it seems that no matter how much we exercise her during the day, her crazy hour is the same!  Im glad Im not the only one, and I really hope the warm weather changes things.  One thing I am going to try tonight is going to bed a bit earlier.  It seems the later it gets the harder she is to reign in!!  I will let you know if that works!!  Thank you for commenting!!  Your Rocksy looks precious!!!

Comment by Dana on January 12, 2018 at 4:18pm

Hi! I too am new on here and also have a new GD, she is 12 weeks old. And just like you, she has an episode in the evenings where she goes “rogue”. She is on everyone and almost seems like she can’t be controlled. I just assume she needs some exercise so I try to get her to fetch the tennis ball, but she does that twice and then just starts nipping my arms and seems uninterested. I am confident that when the weather improves she will be able to go for a walk and this problem will go away. Anything I’ve read says it’s probably a boredom issue. I am glad to hear it’s just not me though! But sorry you are dealing with it too. You are right though about being super smart. We got our Rocksy on Christmas Day and she already has had no accidents in house for 4 straight days, before that it was maybe once when kids were neglectful, and she sits, shakes, lays down and rolls over! Good luck !!!! I would try some exercise or some type of play that you know will wear her out! But it is hard when they don’t want to do that. 

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