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    Unhappy What the Hell Has Got into Jenna?

    Where's my gorgeous doggie gone?

    All of a sudden she is a nightmare with other dogs and children. She's not aggressive at all but, while we are on our walks, if any children approach her or if any dog comes near her she goes psycho. She looks like she is over excited, she leaps form side to side and backwards and forwards and is generally uncontrollable. If we just walk straight past a dog she isn't too bad but if we stop to talk she's all over the place. Having said that, once she has got it out of her system she will calm down. This started happening about a week ago.

    She is just over 5 months old, is this an age thing? Has anyone any advice about what steps I can take to stop her doing this? She's not so bad when she is off lead but at the moment have stopped letting her off as she is too unpredictable. This was probably why she didn't come when we were at the beach the other day (other post).

    Any other people's dogs go through this stage?
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    Hi Tkay,
    Anything else change about a week ago? Is Jenna desexed yet or not?

    You may be right, this could certainly explain her recall hiccup at the beach recently.

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    Hey Tkay. She sounds to me as if she may be going through a samoyed-ish stage... See what you think, do some googling and let me know if you think her behaviour is a match for that half of her heritage...

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    There is a certain age that dogs go through "adolesence" or a rebellion stage. For my dog I think it started at about 8 months but it can last a while. Not that her recall has ever been brilliant. Cesar Milan (dog whisperer) says never let a dog this age/stage off the lead... Sigh. I cheated. But she spent a lot of time walking the footpaths on lead instead of cruising the ovals - cos when I let her off there, I couldn't catch her again. Very frustrating.

    You might find one of the front attach dog walking harnesses good at this time - gives you more control, or even a noseband system if you're not already using one. And maybe a bit of "bar open" treats for "kids are good things" training. Or the turn and walk the other way until you (dog) calm down technique.

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    Oh I missed this.

    Tkay she is at an age where the exhuberance will froth over often

    I agree with Hyacinth with the methods to cope with it.
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    Hi Tkay, our girl started that at a very early age, about three to four months, she was so hard to hold when we met someone out on our walks, I found that when someone was coming close to us I would make her sit and wait till they passed, some people offered to pat her but while I was having the problem I denied their request as it only compounded the problem. Now when she sees someone coming she just sits but still has the urge to jump but at least we are getting there, when she is completely trained out of jumping on strangers I will then start to keep her walking, if that all makes sense.
    I use a harness on her, much easier.
    Misty is so naughty at times, we have to keep an eye on her, she just chews on anything, has even started on the walls of the house (inside) and getting through to the concrete, we have found little holes all over the place but we think we are on top of that one.
    Good luck with your baby, she will get out of it.

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    Thanks everyone

    Yes,Jenna is desexed. I think I will definitely invest in a harness to help control. I had avoided one because I really wanted Jenna to learn to walk and not pull on a flat collar and she is fine like that most of the time, but for now I'll give it a go.

    I'm also going to look into some more classes for her. She did the puppy school but the next level would probably be good for her. I must admit, though, I hate them. Jenna always seems to be the worst behaved there, it's so embarassing .

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    Ill have a wild guess and suggest you're probably babying her...and possibly expecting to know everything already? Try a bit of nilif and life should go back to normal

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    I can assure you I am definitely not 'babying her'. I have been using NILIF since we got her. She knows her place in the 'pack'.
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    Ah the most embarrassing dogs are the ones that need the classes the most.

    Frosty has made grade five now, and failed to graduate out of it twice (one graduation a month sigh), so we're about to commence our third month in grade 5. And for drop-stay, she's taken to rolling on her back so her tummy can "air cool". How embarrassment. But not quite as embarrassing as the dogs that break stay and nick off. However Frosty has done that too.

    Anyway my point was... that embarrasing dogs will only improve if you go to classes. I've seen some very embarrassing dogs "get it" eventually and be wonderful. If you can't stand the school/club you're going to - ie they make you feel stupid or something - try a different one. I like ours because they rotate the instructors, so if you don't get along with this one, you probably won't have the same one next month - or you can go to the evening class instead and get a different instructor there.

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