6month old won't calm down
I posted a few weeks ago about my dog not calming down even after trying to give the pup exercise and mental stimulation. I was told that the dog was getting over-exercised because I was walking her for 30 minutes in the morning and a dog walker was coming in to walk her for 30 minutes at noon before lunch then I was taking her to the park to play fetch for almost 2 hours and getting longer because she wouldn't relax at home. How long do you all think it will take for her to "reset" so that three 30 minute walks and training will actually tire her out so that she will nap and I can have some peace and quiet to my day or evening??? Is this just a puppy stage and she won't act like this as an adult??
As it stands right now, I work during the week. I work from 8am to 5pm. She gets out of the crate at 6:30 to walk, eat and go over some basic training skills just to keep reinforcing the stuff she knows til 7:45 when it's time for me to head out. As I understand it, the dog walker comes in at noon to walk and feed her and she says that she hangs out for about an hour to an hour and a half. Then I get home at 5 and we will go for another walk. I will work on more training with her on the walk. I play some tug with her when we get home and even try to give her a new trick to learn. I realize that she is in her crate for 7 hours during the day but at the same time, even when she's not, she still doesn't calm down.
This past weekend, my husband and I had her out of her crate all day on saturday. His thought was that if we just leave her out, she will eventually just calm down and take a nap. She paced around the living room from 7am to lunch time at noon with the only times she would stop being when she had to go outside to potty and when she would take a drink of water. Yeah, she would sit down for a minute or two but would be back up and at it again. So he let it continue after lunch and a walk til about 3 pm when I finally had enough and put her in her crate.
I looked up "Capturing calm" and the trainer in the video says that to reward the dog when they calm down so that they see when they are calm, treats rain down from the sky. Problem is, she never calms down. She will pace around and around. I have also tried tethering her to me which causes her to react in two ways: 1. she will cry and cry because she can't pace and 2. she will sit and stare at me for hours but she won't actually lay down.
Another tidbit of information - This behavior is directly linked to me. I have left out of frustration (because her pacing is starting to give me anxiety) to watch a show in the bedroom or read my book and my husband says that she relaxes and chews on her bully stick and (on a few occasions) has fallen asleep on the floor while he hangs out. I know she can sense my frustration and my anxiety. I have even tried going to sleep on the couch in the living room so that she sees that I'm asleep and she can calm down but she doesn't. She is also fed with a puzzle feeder for more mental stimulation.
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. She is 6months. I feel like having her out of her crate from 7am to 9pm is a long time for dog her age to be awake. I don't know many adult dogs who are awake that long, to be honest, unless they are working. This issue is wearing me down and she has turned toward destructive behaviors when put in the crate now. I've had to remove all bedding and she is now starting to chew on the plastic of the crate, itself. I'm almost tempted to request a sleep aid or some kind of calming drugs because I can't think of anything else.