This post is the first in a new series where struggling pet owners submit pleas for help to the expertise of blogland. Everyone’s experiences are unique. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them in the comments. What you think common sense may be revolutionary for someone else. You never know what may resonate with someone and keep one more animal out of a shelter. My hope is that together we can help good people feel a little less alone.
Email from Kayla* about her dog, Poppy:
I am a new reader of your blog and a new dog owner and I am hoping you don’t mind me writing to ask a question because I am sort of at my wits end and don’t know where to turn. Poppy, like Shiva, is a rescue. She is probably a lab/pointer/terrier mix, whatever she is she’s got tons and tons of energy and I am at a loss about what to do with it.
Yesterday, for example, we went for two long-ish walks in the morning, walked for almost two hours in the afternoon, and then played with some dog friends in the park for over an hour. The owners at the park all said to me “does she always have this much energy?” because she ran around like crazy the whole time. Then we got home and she was still bouncing off the walls. Even after all that when I am home just sitting on my couch she jumps up and nips at me.
She pulls like crazy on walks, I’ve tried the gentle leader and the easy walk harness. We’ve tried interactive toys, frozen kongs (which keep her attention for maybe 20 minutes), obedience class, private sessions with a trainer (which are way to expensive to continue!)…
What I wanted to ask is if there is a book or a website you would recommend to deal with this type of issue?
We are trying to use positive reinforcement and I’m trying to do the best I can for Poppy, I absolutely love her, but she goes nonstop from the time she wakes us up at 5:30 a.m. to 10 or 11 at night and I am so tired! There has to be a way to keep us both happy and sane. When I read about the progress you’ve made with Shiva it keeps me optimistic and I figured you might have some wisdom to share.
Now it is your turn, pet lovers. If you have any recommendations for Kayla, please share them below. The more resources, the better! Thank you so much for your kindness.
*Names have been changed
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