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jennyjenn 01-04-2014 09:10 PM

Anxiety?
 
So my 7 month old puppy has wore me out. No matter how much exercise or training she NEvEr sits down. Nor does she let anyone in the house sit. When we do she barks at our face and will bite, (mostly my 9 year old because that is what gets me to get up. My breeder tells me it's because she doesn't respect me, my trainer tells me tonight she thinks my dog has anxiety and that's why she won't sit down, then she gets over tired and acts out with the barking and biting?? Recommended some natural anxiety meds? I'm at a loss, I spend every waking moment working with this dog and I am wore out. If things don't get better soon, I'm going to have to give her up. Please help!

DutchKarin 01-04-2014 09:12 PM

Have you crate trained her?

jennyjenn 01-04-2014 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by DutchKarin (Post 4773530)
Have you crate trained her?

Yes. She is crate trained.

gsdsar 01-04-2014 09:40 PM

Use her crate. If she is being annoying, put her in the crate with a chew toy. I found the crate a life saver with my pup, now a year old. If he has gotten plenty of exercise and mental stimulation and is being a butt, he goes in the crate. Not punishment, more like a time out.

Take a breather, relax with the kids, watch TV, whatever. He can chill in his crate.

I would also work on brain stimulating work. Nose works, obedience, tracking, tricks, something to wear his brain out. Right now he is manipulating you. Puppies love to do that. They figure out what gets a reaction then do it over and over and then up the ante if you don't respond.

It does get better.


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jennyjenn 01-04-2014 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by gsdsar (Post 4773642)
Use her crate. If she is being annoying, put her in the crate with a chew toy. I found the crate a life saver with my pup, now a year old. If he has gotten plenty of exercise and mental stimulation and is being a butt, he goes in the crate. Not punishment, more like a time out.

Take a breather, relax with the kids, watch TV, whatever. He can chill in his crate.

I would also work on brain stimulating work. Nose works, obedience, tracking, tricks, something to wear his brain out. Right now he is manipulating you. Puppies love to do that. They figure out what gets a reaction then do it over and over and then up the ante if you don't respond.

It does get better.


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We do doggie day care once a week, obedience training for an hour a week with our trainer and then 2 thirty minute walks a day, probably another hour of fetch (broken out over the course of the day) and do training at home for at least a half hour a day (again broken out over the day not all at once). I am trying to use the time out approach, but when she is being bad I can't cTch her, and often when I do, the biting occurs :(

gsdsar 01-04-2014 09:59 PM

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I am trying to use the time out approach, but when she is being bad I can't cTch her, and often when I do, the biting occurs :(
Attach a leash to her. When she acts up, pick up the leash and walk her to the kennel. No interaction from you at all. Just put her in the crate.

She is being a brat. She is a puppy. She will push and cajole and act out. I feel your pain. I really do. Most of us have been there.



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mego 01-04-2014 10:09 PM

if my puppy had her way at that age she'd get 100 percent attention too. We did almost scheduled naps. She'd get a few hours of stimulation, an hour or two forced nap. She would just get crazy if we didnt force her to sleep in her crate

Castlemaid 01-04-2014 11:29 PM

Some dogs don't have an Off switch - you have to teach them to chill and relax. Do as gsdsar said. Usually when pups this age act up, it is because they are not getting enough exercise and stimulation. When dogs this age get stimulated and exercised all day and still act up, they need to have a routine that includes quiet time in their crate. YOU set the expectations, and set up a routine around her exercise/play time, and down time. Some dogs just can't switch it off unless they are in their crate, they get too easily stimulated by every little noise and thing. She may even need to have a crate cover to help her relax.


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