Betty is the Puppy. I wanted a catchy title, so you all get her name. Not that it was super secret. It’s not my password for anything.
Anyway, our 20 month old puppy has blossomed into a real jerk lately. I’m really, really hoping this is a phase.
About a month ago, she decided that if she had it in her mouth- be it a mostly destroyed tennis ball or even a stick, it was hers (she gets all snarly and lunge at dogs who take “her” stuff, not cool – we always leave the park immediately when that happens). This did not go over well at the dog park. She was only really good at sharing with dogs she knew well. So now every time we go there (which has become rarer), we spend all our time taking things away from her.
She used to be so good and really submissive. It’s like a light switch in her head went off and she decided to become a brat. Also her energy level has manageable mostly only with at least an hour at the dog park. I’ve walked her three times today already and she’s still getting into the kitchen sink, tearing the cushions off of the sofa, and annoying the cats.
On the 4th we brought her to my Aunt’s cabin, as we had done the previous year. She was hyped up the whole time. We tried doing a calming hold on her, giving her crate time, and letting her run free (she was running way too far from everyone for us to let her do this, and the other dog there seemed not that interested in playing with her). When we let her out of the crate after 10 minutes (we needed to eat food), she was so upset she was shaking. She had been howling (which we hadn’t heard her do since she was a tiny puppy), and had an accident inside the house, which she hasn’t done in forever.
So basically, she’s got all this crazy energy and we’re having trouble directing it. Any experienced dog parents have any suggestions. She’s at almost two hours of walk time a day, plus a decent amount of yard time. I knew GSP/Husky are both high energy breeds, but this seems kind of crazy. My next idea is to train her to walk on the treadmill, but she’s kind of bad at learning new stuff (yes, we’ve done a couple obedience classes and she knows the basics like come and sit).
This is just a phase they grow out of right?
PS- It’s just occured to me that I may just be PMSing.