I am definitely not new to the drive in GSDs, but this is the first and youngest pup that I have dealt with that has such a HIGH drive. I am looking into a Shutzhund title and believe I may have the right pup.
Our problem is trying to quiet her down. This is one very vocal pup! ex:
-If we toss a toy, she barks the entire way to it and whines when she brings it back.
-She barks while she is doing her tricks and commands (usually just a bark or two at the start of the movement).
-She barks while running to her crate (but not in it).
-When we call her in a formal heir, she barks when she gets to us and up until the subject is entirely changed.
Really anything that uses mental energy gets her talking about it.
We've been working on some drive capping, but it's not been getting any better.
This behavior first popped up around 9weeks when we introduced a flirt pole and I thought it was developmental at first since it went away in a few days. She is now 16 weeks and it's gotten worse.
Any tips or suggestions?
This is by far the most high octane pup I've met, and the only puppy that can easily run and play for 6hrs before deciding to lay down for a minute