Hi there, I'm new!
I know there are a few similar threads, but I just wanted to get some advice on my particular situation.
I have a new GSD pup (she's my first GSD). She's a really wonderful girl, but is working lines, so she's very drivey and doesn't back down.
She seems to get a bit over-stimulated with other dogs. This includes barking at other dogs, but in puppy class, they told me to just turn her away, which seems to help.
During play time in my puppy class, she plays with the other pups (she's put into the rowdy group lol) but they all seem to play equally hard, it's more bouncing around than biting, so she's pretty good that way.
My problem is I leave her with my mom during the day, while I'm at work. My mom has a wonderfully patient 8YO chocolate Lab, and also cares for my sister's 1YO, nervy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
My pup plays really hard, and she never quits! I feel sorry for my parent's Lab. She will occasionally give my pup a big bark and put her in her place, but mostly, she allows her to hang off her ears, bite all over her face etc.
With my sister's little dog, she acts scared of my pup. She wants to meet her and will follow quite closely when my pup is walking away, but when my pup turns toward her, she will run and hide under a chair. I worry about my dogs prey drive, and that she may hurt her by accident.
I was thinking about putting my pup into doggy daycare at the place we do training, but it's only one day a week and even if they did it every day, I can't afford to do that all the time.
What can I do to make playtime safer and less chaotic with our other dogs? I am so afraid she'll hurt one of the other dogs. As she plays her intensity keeps going up and up. My parent's house is open concept, so blocking with baby gates is next to impossible.
I'm *this close* to getting her a muzzle so she can't bite during playtime, but I would feel bad to do that to a 14 week old pup.
When she's on her own with me, she settles wonderfully inside.
I take her out to flyball twice a week (she's just chasing the tug toy for now), I take her to competitions so she can watch all the chaos, I take her to schutzhund training (we aren't doing anything yet, just watching) and I take her to puppy classes. I feel like I'm doing everything I can to socialize her to the best of my abilities.
I know if I can survive the next year, I'll have a really great dog, but will I make it??? Only time will tell!