|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 1:27pm PST |
|One of the things to keep your sanity is that this DOES level. Though one of my yodelers remained one his whole life....boy did that drive me nuts
If the bike is a no....this is nothing you have to do, just throwing it out there....is road work with a car. You need two people and a quieter road, one to drive the car and one to hold the leash outside of the window and have the dog trot alongside. Better than a bike, IMO, because it's quicker and requires less training to get your dog to do it. I have road worked both my Giants, who can have a rather unfathomable energy when young.
If you can't walk her when your husband comes home, either consider putting her away with a toy stuffed with liverwurst or something else similarly intoxicating, or if she's trained to wait patiently for her food, have your husband come in with dog bowl in hand and tell her its time for supper. Sometimes you have to be creative, lol! That she's such a food freak at least gives you something to play with. I know you could also leash her, but my guess is she jumps in the air and yodels a lot
I *know* the focus part can be hard at this age with this type. Just be sure when you CAN get it you get it to perfection, and avoid asking for it when you are pretty sure it's a losing proposition, as that only reinforces her spastic-ness. Then just think of her food love. One day at a time, but she WILL level. You basically have to be inventive, go for perfection when you can, use the reinforcers that get attention as much as possible, do NOT ask for any known command when you are pretty sure she's too jazzy to follow ("over the top"), and above all be CREATIVE They are way too witty for their own good at this age....half mindless, half brilliant
And try to keep things in perspective and stay rational and calm. I know this can get under your skin, but when you get that way you can't really think smart. And it's only reinforcing her behavior.
Sorry you are going through all this but it gets better, and in the meanwhile be happy that she loves her life, is a positive thinker, nicely social and has things in her life she loves. Those are all big dividends in the future....some dogs go through crazy fear stages, aggressive stages, etc. She's just a stubborn and slightly obsessed bouncing ball. You'll have yourself a good one once she matures. I know one day seems like a thousand, but each one can get better if you employ smart, productive strategies, and then she matures and when she's five these will be memories you joke about. She's a nice girl....just a little zany right now
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