Excessive whining all day and pacing at night
I have a 6month old GSD girl and was curious if any of you have "squeaky" dogs. I feel like I am making mistakes of stopping whatever I am doing and responding to the whining because I think the dog is in pain. She whines when I bring her out of the crate which I assume is she is just excited and greeting us. But then she whines when we work on walking on leash. If I am not giving her full freedom then she whines and cries. Then I feel bad because I think I am hurting her so then I will return home because I feel like a jerk. When we work on obedience training with something as basic as "Sit", "down" and "shake" she cries and yelps as if I am hurting her so then I stop. Then she stops, usually. If I go to feed her, it's excessive whining all the way til she starts eating. I can't tell if she's really in pain or if she is whining just to whine. I don't know how to get it to stop since my neighbors think I am abusing my dog.
The second thing that she does is pacing around at night. I have to work 8hours a day so she gets an hour in the morning with a walk and some training up to when she starts whining excessively. I have to put her in the crate til the dog walker comes in at noon to feed her and walk her. When I get home, we will go to a large open field and play fetch til she starts breathing hard then I usually stop the game and take her home since I don't want her to over exert herself and hurt herself. The fetch game is usually about 1-2 hours long. Given her age, I don't want to hurt her but she will keep going and going after that ball til she is breathing really hard. So if given the opportunity, she will go longer than 2 hours but I have never let her because I don't want to cause hip/joint problems. But now, I would assume that this means that she is actually tired and will relax when we get home. But she doesn't. She will catch her breath in the 10 minute car ride home and as soon as we get back in the house, she is pacing around my furniture as if she is tracking after an animal that is also going around the furniture. She really doesn't stop trotting around my La-Z-boy chair til I physically hold her by the collar which she will cry and whine to go and I will let her go and she will start pacing around the chair again. She will occasionally stop and stare at me while standing or sitting and just stare as if I am supposed to give her another command. I have tried training with her when she does this thinking that she just wants to "work" and she will whine and yelp at me for every action I tell her to do. So I automatically assume she is frustrated or in pain and I stop before I make things worse and then she goes back to trotting and I go back to watching my show or looking up information for work the next day.
Now this pacing problem has only started happening within the last 2-3 weeks. I have also tried giving her things to calm down like what I saw kikopup do with dropping food at their feet if they lay down but IF(really big if and usually has to be forced to) she does lay down and I drop food, she gets up and follows me again to try to get more. I don't want to put her in the crate or in the puppy proof room because I feel like I'm being a jerk already for having her in the crate for 7hours a day. Is this just more of the puppy phase where the pup doesn't know how to calm down so it will actively stay engaged til I force the pup to calm down??? If it is, how do I get her to calm down without enduring lots of whining?
I haven't done anything different with my schedule. We are consistently waking at 6:30am and up and moving with walks, training and breakfast til I have to go at 7:45am. I am at work from 8am-4pm but I know that she gets an afternoon walk. At 4:30-6ish, we are playing fetch and by 7pm she has her dinner. She goes to bed by 9pm-10pm because I am falling asleep in my chair by that time.