Does your puppy bite? Growl? Run, like a maniac, though the house? Get downright CRAZY sometimes? I have the cure. Well, in large part.
Puppies between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks need 18-20 hours of sleep per day. Yep. I said 18-20 hours, meaning they're only awake about 5 hours a day.
This ONE simple thing makes such a huge difference in your puppy's behavior. Think about it; they're baby dogs. We would never even think about not making sure a baby human took a jillion naps during the day, but we keep puppies up all day and all night.
But Trish, you're saying, my puppy sleeps A LOT. I'm betting he's not sleeping anywhere near enough. Keep a log and see.
A general, schedule would be as follows:
Up at 6ish
asleep, again, by 7:30
Awake at 9
Asleep at 10
Awake at noonish
Alseep by noon-thirty
Awake around 2:30
Now comes the hard part... this is where we have a hard time letting them sleep. They should have, at least, enforced rest from about 3:30 to 5ish.
Bedtime by 8:30
Take out to potty between 10 and 11 JUST for a couple of minutes.
This is a very rough schedule, but you can see how much rest they need. If they were with their littermates, they'd wake up and play, eat, potty, get into some trouble, then collapse, together, sleep for a couple of hours and do it again. We can't do that, with them, but we do need to make sure they're getting enough sleep.
When I get a complaint that a puppy is rough, or wild, or biting and not stopping, the first thing I find out is "how much sleep is the pup getting?" The answer is always, "Not enough". I have the humans make sure rest and sleep is enforced with frequent, long naps. Within three days, the difference is amazing.
Sleep deprived puppies are like sleep deprived kids. They're cranky, wild, unpredictable and they can't learn. Like a toddler having a "meltdown", when they're so tired they don't know they're tired.
Please don't let anyone tell you you have an "Alpha" puppy, or a bad puppy, in any way, until you've done the sleep test. Even then, remember that puppies, as a rule, are in survival mode. They don't have the capacity to be in charge of ANYTHING. They will, happily, be a good puppy, if you let them.
Remember, though, puppies DO bite! They have to. They don't have thumbs and they need to learn about their world, somehow. Plus, that's how they learned to play. They don't understand that there are other ways to play. Teach them!
Bite inhibition is a huge part of raising a dog that's safe to be around.