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We have a 16 week old lab puppy. She will run around in circles under the table, behind chairs, following the same path in an all out run. This usually occurs when she is reprimanded.
Should we let her go and wear herself out, or should she be stopped and settled? Is she burning off excessive energy? Is this something normal for a puppy?
Ahhh...there's nothing quite like puppy energy! I, too, had that kind of energy when I was younger. I still run in patterns like that sometimes when I play with my person.
If your puppy's excess running around is not a problem for you in your home, then let her run to her heart's content until she tires out. At this age, it's not an unusual behavior at all.
You mentioned that it tends to happen when you reprimand her. From my knowledge of puppies, I would suspect that your pup has a fairly good knowledge of how to get your attention. In a pup's world, ANY attention is GOOD attention. And puppies love to play. So it's possible that she may be deliberately doing things that get you all worked up in order to get your attention and start a play session (the excited running around is often an invitation).
Here's an example: Your pup grabs a sock left on the floor. From your puppy's point of view, a sock in her mouth in front of mom always ends up with mom chasing pup to get the sock back. Your pup has cleverly figured out one way to get mom to play!
However, if it's a problem for you and your family, there are a few ways to help curb her "scampering":
Good luck with your puppy and all her energy!
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