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How to Tame a Wild Puppy or Dog

Updated on July 6, 2013

If you have an active dog like we do then you might understand the term “rabies.” My wife and I use this term on our 17 month old puppy when she runs wild through the house. She is an American Eskimo Poodle mix weighing 21lbs and stands about 16 inches tall at the top of her shoulders. She loves to play, play with her 10 year old cat (weighs 22lbs named Ozzie), play with her toys, and did I mention just play. We lived in a town house with a small half fence yard while Marley would be on a 15 foot leash outside when we first picked her up and brought her home.

My wife and I got Marley (our puppy) at 10 weeks old and she was the cutest little thing. She wasn’t running around, but just napping a lot. We liked her instantly. A few weeks went by and we began to notice that she would run, run, and run some more. When we would throw her a ball, she would come back with it and do the “playful stance” that all dogs usually do when they want to wrestle and play. This stance became known as the “stunky” move. Don’t ask.

Now that you know a small background of our rabid animal and our terminology of her moves, I will share some brief stories.

Marley likes to get up in the morning by licking my face until I get up and let her out, usually around 6am. After I awake and take her outside for her morning business, she comes in and wrestles Ozzie the cat until I get breakfast together. After breakfast Marley wants to wrestle whether it is with me, toys, or her cat brother. Then she does the best thing I could ask for after about an hour and that’s nap time.

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During the day she usually plays with her toys and sniffs around the house in between a lot of naps. But when I get home from work she gives me a quick greet and hello and runs off to get a toy. She runs up to me and stunky’s me. I go for the toy and around and around and rabies she has. During dinner she is calm and sits politely right beside our seats waiting on food to drop to the floor.

Now, I am going to explain this to the best of my ability. Around 8pm every night (and I mean, every night) Marley jumps into her bed, sniffs around, tears up the pillow and off she goes. She runs like the wind, up the steps, through the bedroom, down the steps, around the couch, around the recliner, and jumps up to the arm rest of the couch and launches to the other end. At the exact moment she lands at the other end of the couch, she jumps into a 180 degree turn and does the immediate “stunky” stance and growls. She peaks at you with her innocent evil eyes until you slap the couch and then she does the racetrack all over again. She will do this approximately 5 times in a row. This was where we said Marley has rabies.

This happened every night for about a year until we just recently bought a home much larger than what we were living, with a large fenced in back yard and no leash for her. Since we moved in she has not had a full rabies episode. However, she is running wild outside with the laser pointer now. I think with the bigger home and much larger yard, new smells and some new training techniques is giving her the exercise she ultimately needs, so this may have tamed her for now.

So in order to tame a wild puppy, you need to give them plenty of exercise, training, and new experiences or smells. This will mentally and physically stimulate their brains. Do not let them get bored.


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    • MarleyOz profile image

      MarleyOz 5 years ago

      Honestly, you want to be suspicious of real wild dogs. You don't know him and he don't know you. If it has a collar on it, maybe it ran away from home.

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      Rex 5 years ago

      I met a wild dog(it was so small and cute) but it wrapped around my mums legs trying to be friendly but my mum kicked it off thinking its a fox and it wont come back!

      I wanted to tame it i was so sad i badly wanted that golden dog HELP ME What can I do to make it come back???

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      MarleyOz 6 years ago

      She definitely is a trip. I swear she doesn't rest much.

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Cute pictures. I like your story of Marley. She sounds like a lot of fun and energy. When my border collie begins running circles around the yard, I know it's time to take her for a run.