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From: Pipsqueak (99.241.176.229)
Subject:         Young Dog Goes Berserk
Date: June 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm PST

So I rescued a dog early March and she's approaching 1 year of age now.
We have everything fairly well under control by now, we understand certain
rules and listen when commands are said... however..

There's berserk mode.

There's barking, tearing around, grabbing items that would make mommy
rather unhappy to be grabbed (or whatever else is nearby), more running
around. If it occurs on leash it's a growling wheeling attack of energy and I'm
worried somebody will get scared and think she's violent. She isn't - she truly
isn't, any time she places her mouth on something it's without force. She'll
mouth you when you get her but she'll soon sit and within a few seconds of
continued leash control (holding near her collar so she can't escape and run to
the limits of her leash again) she will calm down. When she's on leash she
takes it out on the leash and that's how the episodes start (grabs the leash
and runs around, or runs around and then grabs the leash)...

I thought the leash may be the problem and tried to use a distraction such as
giving her another toy... but it only makes her more berserk.

I've exercised her to the point where she'll curl up happily and nap, I've also
kept her well socialized. I can't find anything on this type of issue and it's
beyond my understanding of dogs currently. My instincts are saying stick it
out and this is just an adolescent dog thing... but I need more input.

Has anybody seen this in dogs before? Is it something they grow out of and I
should just keep on calmly restraining her during these fits when she's on the
leash? Or is there something else... I've worked with aggressive dogs before,
and fearful dogs... she's neither. This problem is an energy problem, but it
seems to come from an emotional standpoint as opposed to a physical energy
problem as she had a flip-out one day at a dog gathering (everybody was
leashed), she can also have it when we're walking around in a quiet
neighbourhood leashed.

Oh and her bloodwork and everything is fine, she's an extremely healthy dog
who just overstimulates wicked fast. She also doesn't have an off button until
she's nearly unconscious... she's played for about 4 hours straight with
another dog who laid down about 3 different times and ignored her until he
caught his breath (she's respectful so she let him lay, but she kept bouncing
around and waiting for him to get back up).

But yeah.. that's about it that I can think of... feel free to ask questions.

Thank you.


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