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  •  Hi, Delphine (27+ / 0-)

    First of all, stop beating yourself up; you didn't cause this problem, and you are being a responsible and loving woozle mom.

    Secondly, there is Prozac for dogs.  It's called Fluoextine.  I've never used it, nor do I know of anyone who has, so I can't personally recommend it.  

    Third - find a GOOD DOG TRAINER!  I don't know what area you are in, but make sure whoever you pick has been certified by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

    Next - you didn't mention what equipment you are using when you walk her.  If you are attempting to walk her only on a buckle collar, or a choke chain, IMMEDIATELY purchase a Herm-Sprenger pinch collar and get assistance in having it fitted properly.  http://www.activedogs.com/...

    Many people look at pinch collars and think animal cruelty, but nothing could be further from the truth.  When a dog pulls against a buckle collar (nylon or leather) or worse, a pinch collar, there is potential for serious damage to the throat.  The pinch collar spreads the pressure around the neck, allowing for control without damage.

    If you are using a flexi-lead for her, stop.  She should be walked on a leather leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Look at different training techniques:  (you should discuss this with your trainer, when you find one).  Some dogs will respond to "Clicker Training"  

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Others will work better with rewards using tug toys (a method popular with many working dogs, including drug/bomb sensing dogs).  I have a working German Shepherd, so this is the preferred method of positive reinforcement.

    There are other methods as well, (discuss with your soon-to-be-trainer!)

    Next, let's take a look a diet.  What do you feed?  If you feed a commercial dog food, take a look at the protein percentage.  Too high a protein percentage can result in a hyper-active woozle.  If you are feeding BARF (Bones And Raw Food), have your diet analyzed by a professional nutritionist.  

    After the last rounds of dog-food poisoning catastrophe's, I feed my dogs Acana.  It is regionally produced and has no grain content.  It's pricey - but it's worth it.  

    Not every dog is cut out to be a buddy with all other dogs.  Dog parks are not the best environment.  

    KosMail me if you have any other questions and DON'T GIVE UP~!!!

    Don't practice. Train.--Brian Harvey

    by luvsathoroughbred on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 11:56:50 AM PST

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