Thank you both for the reassurance. I feel like I'm crying all the time too (like right now, for instance
) which I'm sure my dog can sense and it probably adds to her stress.
A few months feels like a few years right now! But I know it will get better as she gets older, it just sometimes feels like there's no light at the end of the tunnel.
We used to let her trail her leash inside, but now she thinks her leash is a tug toy. She's fine with it on walks, but any other time - like going outside to go to the bathroom - she wants to chew on it and play. We're trying to break her of the habit, but it's one of those things that seemed cute at first ... why do all of their bad behaviors have to start out so adorable?
We do give her a lot more exercise, and more varied exercises, on the other days. We've been home with her for the last 12 days or so as a result of long weekends/vacation/her sickness and even while she's been sick we've taken her for short walks and car rides just to get her some activity.
As for whether or not she seems happy, that's part of the problem. She appears very attached to us and she postures for play a lot, and she's always up for a game of flirt or fetch or find your duck. But she also bites/chases her tail a lot and bites other parts of her body and lately she's had some more "aggressive" (I hate using that word for such a young puppy) behavior with my husband like baring her teeth and growling and snapping at him. So we're worried that she's anxious and stressed. And that could be coming from our stress or it could be coming from being confined so much, or it could just be her nature. But we're seeing these problems come up more and more and it's hard not to feel like we're making a great dog a problem dog with OUR behavior, not hers.
Oh, and we would LOVE to put her in doggy daycare, at least one day a week if not more. The problem is that she barks and lunges at other dogs, so we can't just take her to a daycare and hope for the best. We were SO looking forward to starting puppy classes tonight so that she'd start to learn how to not be a fool around other dogs (hopefully) but alas, now that's postponed. Thanks for mentioning it though. It's something I have to keep remembering ... more options open up for her the older she gets.