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I finally got a gsd pup last night! She's about 6 months old, female and from high drive working lines. She was flown down on a 2 hour flight and when I took her out she seemed quite nervy but I suppose this is expected for most dog that have never flown before?

She's also incredibly crazy and when we got home she was exploring the whole garden but jumping on and off the balcony until I leashed her. When she's in her run or crate she's fine but as soon as she comes out she gets too excited. I took her out to toilet at about 4 am and she started doing bite work on my gown!!! She's been kenneled so I think the freedom is just new to her and that is why she is going over the top? I just hope she'll be fine to be a house dog when everyone(the other 2 dogs and my parents) gets used to her...

Any advice on how to calm her down?
 

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No advice from me right now but
on getting your new dog. She's probably doing the
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I've never had a kenneled dog turned house dog before, but my protocol with any new pet is to adhere to a very consistent schedule (feeding times, exercise times, crated times, potty times) and also not shower the dog with tons of affection even though that's hard b/c she's new. You don't want to inadvertently be praising and rewarding the crazy behaviors. Talk to her in quiet, calm voices, don't get her super worked up unless you really ARE training at that time, stick to a very consistent schedule and this will help her adjust and learn to trust you.
 

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I have three suggestions.....exercise, exercise and you guessed it....exercise. As the proud owner of a four month old VERY active GSD pup I can tell you without doubt that he is much easier to live with after a good fast walk, 2-3 miles and some obedience training (all positive). Being as your pup is a couple of months older you can probably work him longer and harder but that's a good start. A tired puppy is a good puppy. Best of luck.
 

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Originally Posted By: Craig88I finally got a gsd pup last night! She's about 6 months old, female and from high drive working lines. She was flown down on a 2 hour flight and when I took her out she seemed quite nervy but I suppose this is expected for most dog that have never flown before?
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Any advice on how to calm her down?
Congratulation on your new puppy!!!

I've never had a high drive working lines puppy before, but I've had puppies, even laid back puppies, act crazy when they need exercise. After a flight, going to a new home, etc. she could need to let off some pent up energy.
 

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Congrats on your new pup. Hopefully she is just excited to have freedom from a crate/kennel and will settle down.
 

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My thoughts too. She's happy, excited to be free and naturally zoomie. Tire that baby out. Nice brisk walks, play fetch (Chuckit), work on OB...but more than anything...enjoy!

Congratulations!

ps...Be patient and calm around her. Don't join in on the excitement game!
 

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She seems to have calmed down a bit. She's perfect when in crate but I now need to replicate that behaviour when she's out. She's just so inquisitive that she can never sit still. she constantly jumps up on the window sills to see out and is all over the place which is great in a way.

I've never had such a high drive dog before so this a really new experience for me. I'm taking her to the club this afternoon to get her out and socialising with new people and places. She's just weary of cars now because she came from a farm and didn't see to many cars but I'm sure that will be easy to overcome.
 

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Get an Exercise pen, don't use all the sections attach to crate and slowly expand her area. You might also want to get another X-pen and move it around from place to place and so she can get use to things having the security of the pen but more freedom than the crate. A drag line or having her tethered to you will also work.

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And she needs exersice outside and LOTs of it. There is a resaon folks say a tired puppy is a GOOD puppy. Unfortunately for you, it takes a lot more time and effort to tire out a 6 month old than it does an 8 weeks old.
 

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Agree with everybody above. Exercise is the key, but also working her mind as well. I've noticed that my puppy that is about your pup's age is as tired after 10 min track as after 40 min walk.
 

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I'm not sure if I'll be able to tire her out without damaging her body as she has so much energy. I've been told that these dogs are always on the go and thats why they excel on the field. I doubt she'll ever be as calm as my current dogs but that comes with the genetics.
 

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You can also try more "brain games" vs. physical exercise (walking ect).
Brain games can tire a pup out. Hide some treats, heck play hide and seek with you! Of course don't go to overboard with training as you don't want to lose attention/reduce drive, but short bursts of training should be fine.

I had some of my most memorable moments with Kelso out in the backyard, snow, rain whatever with a glove on my hand with a hotdog just heeling, sitting for small periods of time. At first it was enough to get my hand taken off, but after a few times you can see and work on more focus and then..stop..and leave them wanting more yet tired.

And of course, for a pup, just going new places/meeting new people/seeing new things will help.

Tugging may also be good, except during teething.!

Best of Luck! It will get better..
 
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