I posted a looong time ago when Alice was still a puppy and had pee excitement that went on a little to long. She's mainly over that now, although there can be a trickle now and again when a super exciting situation happens (ie someone new coming in the house who walks up to pet her). Either way, excitement is the culprit!
We live at the beach now, so sand spurs and cacti make it impossible for her to play in the yard. In the summer we are allowed to walk her on the beach *on a leash* after 6pm, but there are so many other dogs tourists illegally have running around they try to spook or intimidate Alice and she gets very upset (she's sensitive and dont even get me started on these crazy tourists who have no control over their dogs! (yes, i have contacted animal control numerous times over some drunken tourist who sicks their dog on my dog)). However we walk her when we can, and we play with her in the house and on the deck a lot. We came up with jumping games when she can jump around controlled by a cane we have directing when and where. That works out really well and gets a lot of her energy out and practices command tricks. We do some light fetching and tug games and we got her some puzzle toys that are great until she destroys them.
However, she's still very excited. She gets excited and doesn't listen and forgets everything she is supposed to do. She a smart dog and knows A LOT of commands--she picks them up in a day easy, but still has a hard time staying calm. We actually have a lot of people in and out of the house fairly often and we take her to my parents house when we visit. She's been around other people since we brought her home -- way more when she was a puppy actually, but when people come around (even ones she knows) she freaks out so much. Thats really the excitement point for her, and also the hardest to deal with for us. We try to keep her calm and out, mostly even on a leash by our side, but she eventually gets so out of control (jumping on people) we have to crate her for the rest of the visit. Vets and trainers have looked at her and stated that we ARE in fact dealing with an overly excitable lab (more than average apparently), so shes known as "psycho" and "spaz" by our friends and family.
So! Exercise! I know. not having a safe yard and constant tourist problems make our options EXTREMELY limited and I was wondering if anyone has any alternatives we havent thought of? I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks!
How old is she?
Can you do long walks? Jogging? Is it possible to go to the beach after dark and let her swim w/a long-line on (piece of marine-cord works well -- it's flourescent and it floats!)?
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Walk her on the street! That should not be such a big deal.
And - she really, really sounds like she needs more socialization with other dogs and a formal obedience class.
And - I would not have my dog swim in the ocean at night. Shark bait.
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Are there dog parks or spaces where dogs can be offleash anywhere in driving range?
Or wake up early before tourists are up to get a long quiet walk ( maybe some offleash time) .
Depending on the rules and if this exists where you are but baseball or tennis courts can work too.
Walks on sidewalk work too.
If there are training schools there may be classes like agility that could be great too. Plus this could build up her confidence.
If she is over 2 years you can try running with her - but start slow to build her up to it . Again in the earlier am when it is quieter
Lastly - I agree that you need to start addressing her issues sooner rather than later for her own good.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
What about long leashed walks or jogs....
As other have said walking and socialising sooner rather than later. I adopted Ernie when he was 3.5 so know how easy it is for a dog become uncontrolable. He was known as the black bstard at the vets and friends thought he was psyco so understand. He wasn't house trained, pulled, ran away, scared of everything, very excitable, didn't hear a work anyone said out of control dog. Extremely hard work and no one wanted him in their house. It took a lot of work with consistent firmness, walking in the street, with other dogs,keeping calm and miles of patience to get a dog I could manage.Takes time so keep at it.
If she is on a sort leash beside you she can't jump on people. Erns used to. Gemma still does and I tell people to ignore her until she sits. If she jumps turn around. If Gems continues I put the leash on her as I want my visitors to enjoy coming to the house without a dog jumping at them, and a dog I can take out.
ETA. I took Ernie to parks when I knew there were no dogs around or not many until he got used to the park or beach. As he calmed I took him earlier or later when there were a few dogs and built it up slowly. I use lots of treats.
Last edited by kassabella; 12-08-2010 at 06:32 AM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I agree with no swimming at night. Sharks and gators would terrify me. I am already paranoid to the point of psychosis over gators down here.
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You have gotten EXCELLENT suggestions so far!
Aside from taking your pup to the beach during non-busy times, do you have a GOOD doggy day care near you?
How about obedience training in your house, it can provide "mental" exercise that is as tiring as physical exercise. If you can con your guests to also request her to perform her obedience tasks/tricks, all the better for all involved!
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some dog daycares and/or obedience schools have "puppy parties" where the owners can supervise the play.. or, if you have neighbours or friends nearby with dogs of similar size/temperament, you can organize playdates either on the beach or in backyard.