I feed her, play with her and give her a good run around before going to work. At 5 I get home, and maybe give her a snack of canned (she needs to put on weight) and play with her again, and if my moms Golden wants to jopin in she gets play time also.
Think about how you would feel, if all you had, was the same place, day in, day out, every day, all day, all the time. I did it once. I put myself out the back with a ball, for two hours. I was not allowed inside, I told Max not to talk to me, I just went out there by myself. By the end of that time out there I wanted to cry. And most dogs have this 24/7 - often without anything at all to do.
Your dog has another dog, toys and a ball, and lots of human time. But if she never gets out, she could probably care less about that stuff. They've got to get OUT, and they've got to be exercised until they're tired. There's a couple of sayings - the first is, the outside world is a doggy newspaper. All the different things they get to see, smell and do is great stimulation for them, lets them know what's going on in the world.
The other saying that comes to mind is `a tired dog is a happy dog'. If you only do two play sessions per day with your dog, and don't take her for actual walks, or to dog parks or anywhere she can run freely and get some hard, consistent, aerobic exercise, then you do not have a dog that's as happy as it can be.
Also, her looking at you, stopping and then keeping on barking just means that NOT barking is not as fun to her as barking. You haven't made the pay-off for NOT barking good enough. Until it is, she'll continue to bark. Train her in some tricks, PLEASE get her out of the house and take her for walks, make her tired, and you'll find things easier.
Originally Posted by kittycorner
They are now trying to find him another home, where maybe once again he will be happy. I don't feel like I did the wrong thing, because I know my husband and I did all we could, he just has behavioral issues that even Dr. Phil could not solve.
9 months is the exact age when dogs will start to test their boundaries and become almost impossible to get through to. It's called adolescence. I sure hope you don't dump your child when it becomes a teenager, because the issues you'll have to deal with then will be a lot worse than the ones you faced with your poor dog. Inappropriate toileting is one of the main reasons behaviourists and professional trainers are consulted. Believe me, I've seen worse dogs than yours. I hope that one of the many homes this puppy ends up in takes the time to understand why he is doing this, and then gets him the help he needs. Poor little guy.