Oh my goodness, I almost lost it with Kaylee today. It's been really windy here lately-- fairly constant wind but also lots of gusting. I believe it is making my dog insane.
After a nice long game of fetch I decided to take her out to a state park. We stopped at a pet store on the way, and she was fine there. First thing I did at the park was stop at the restroom, and she actually went in with me without whining (she doesn't care for being closed in a stall with me but loves to bust into the bathroom at home). I thought we'd have a nice short hike. We headed out and barely got out of sight of the parking lot when she started pulling. She doesn't pull often in general, mostly when she sees her friends from training or if I'm slow on a hill. But this was almost constant. I stopped until we had slack, then started up again, off and on for fifteen minutes.
Pulling is annoying, but easy enough to deal with calmly. It's the sudden bursts that threw me off balance today. She'd be standing there, maybe looking at the stream or sniffing or something, then all of a sudden she'd be dashing back and forth to the limits of the leash. When I would tell her "no," sometimes she'd stop and bark at me and sometimes she'd just keep dashing until she got too tangled up to continue. I'd make her sit for a bit until it seemed she was okay, but minutes later she'd do it again. Finally she yanked the leash out of my hand and actually took off. She came back when I called, so we celebrated that at least.
I gave her about fifteen minutes to settle in a quiet spot, sniffing the wind and chewing on a new toy. She seemed better so I thought I'd double back and take her to the stream to let her swim for her toy for a bit. Once again, we got out of sight of the parking lot and she went nuts. She dashed about, barking and looking so excited. I shortened the leash and made her sit and she started making these crazy little yipping noises like I was hurting her! I'm sure people thought someone was kicking a puppy.
When we got back to the car, I made her sit and go "up" into the backseat, I gave her more praise for these things than she's gotten in a long time. I really didn't want to end on a bad note, and I had no more energy left to handle her outbursts.
Please tell me I'm not alone!
This is her first fall and first experience with so much wind. Does it get better as they get used to it?