I have a 3 1/2 y.o. male GS. His energy level is up though the roof. He is nearly uncontrollable when we take him places (day camp, walks, vets) Does not listen, does what he wants. He is starting to become my biggest recreate of my life. I have no idea what to do, I am lost, I am tired and I have enough. I have no idea how to get through his head to be calm. The second I let him in the house, it's like someone is chasing him with a baseball bat, there is no stopping him, he pulls, he barks.
The part in bold?? Most likely that was simply a cry for help?? And you weren't really expecting an answer?? But "surprise" ... there is one. You can train "calmness" into a dog "Train" an off switch and it is in that long thread I linked but here you go.:
Fearful, Anxious or Flat Crazy "The Place CommanD - Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums
I just want a dog I can take out for a nice walk, without having my arm ripped off, let him in the house so he can stay in for a while, take him to day camp, vet, etc...
None of that is unreasonable but you've let a lot of "behaviours" go on unchecked for a long time. So now you've got to undo a lot of what you've done first and then move forward.
But break it down if you want to know how to "Train" your dog to walk properly on a loose leash ... see the first video clip under "New Dog A Challenge." You can do that in a "distraction free environment first" and you should be well on your way to a better behaved dog.
But if you don't want to or can't figure it out still. Then hiring a trainer to teach you how to walk your dog is a viable option. A competent qualified trainer will recommend a "Prong or an E-Collar."
Proper E-Collar training is a bit more involved but if it's a trainer that can help ... it's gonna be one of those two tools.
If they recommend anything else ... "thank them" for there time ... and show them the door! I will add my personal choice is a "British Slip Lead Leash" but I seriously doubt you'll find a trainer near you that "teaches there" client to use one properly???
I should have just gotten cat or fish. I have absolutely zero patience for this dog. There is something wrong with him and I have no idea how to fix it.
LOL ... well you could "still" get that "GoldFish" ... I'd also say a "Cat" but all my Ca cats have passed and now I'm stuck with four NV cats ... dumb as freaking bricks!!! "Litter Box issues" ... they freaking tick me off!!
But I digress ... if you want to bail on the dog ... contact a local "GSD Rescue" and offer to "Foster in Place." They can help to take him off your hands if you so chose.
But the part in bold ... if you "chose" to put in the time and effort required. Here you go ...:
My 11 month old GS is crazy!
At this point ... "Crate Training" is required and it's not about punishment it's about "discipline" feed the dog in the Crate only. If he won't go in he does not eat put the food in the Crate for 15 minutes if he won't go in, he skips that meal. He'll "figure it out soon enough.
And I need to add this one in there also for the "Crate thing.":
The Second Hand Dogs: Playing Crate Games
Use whatever method works for you.
Don't tell him that i don't exercise him enough, First of all, I would need to quit my job so I can exhaust him, he can go and go for hours. Plus, when he is exhausted, he becomes lazy and simply ignores me. I am tired.
Well you kinda sorta fell into a "trap" ... "exercise, solves all." You put all your eggs in one basket and you got ... what we be the "predictable outcome." Intentional or not, your dog is doing what you've "Trained." Go, Go, Go no of the goals of exercise (as has been mentioned) is to create endurance ... and ... that seems to have worked.
Raising a dog "properly" is about providing "Balance" ... "Exercise and Training" or both equal parts as are "Rules, Structure and Limitations. You've only achieved one of those "Five" and now your seeing the results.
At anyrate ... you've taken the first step in solving your problems ... "stop doing and start thinking" ... "out think your dog." "If what I am doing is not working ... do something different???" All those that have solved there dogs issued ... take that step first.
So take some time to reevaluate and make a "decision" and stick with it. Does he go or does he Stay???
When I had "issues" with my dog ... deciding that yeah "screw it he's staying!" Was one of the steps I took. The first step was stop fighting with him and start thinking?? That worked out much better.
Sorry you've had a bumpy road so far ... sometimes having a pretty high threshold for crap behaviour can work against you.