Hello, this is the first time I have ever posted on a forum, but I have been dealing with this for a few years now and tried a few things without success.
I have a 5 year old shepherd/lab/husky girl (she is very tiny though - only about 1.5 feet tall, and 30-35 pounds)... I've had her since she was 2.5 months old, and had her spayed at 6 months.
Inside the house, she is the perfect dog. She is quiet, calm, obedient. When left at home she does not bark or do anything destructive. She is the love of my life!
However, when it is time to take her for a walk, everything changes. She becomes so incredibly excited she runs around, jumps up, and most of all - Makes A LOT of noise!! She squeals and cries so loud, and will not stop. It sounds as if she is being hurt. She will not listen to any commands in this state. It is not just the initial getting out of the house either - for the first 5-10 minutes of every walk she will continue to squeal. People constantly stare or ask me what is wrong with her. I am already trying to deal with her annoying squeals, I hate trying to explain her "excitement" to strangers. After about 5-10 minutes, she will begin to settle down and the cries will turn into smaller whines. But if we have to stop for any moment, say to cross a street, she will immediately begin jumping at me and squealing in full force again, ignoring any commands.
I have tried using treats as a reward for refraining from crying, but it has not worked. I have tried not letting her go for a walk UNTIL she calms down and becomes quiet, but it will not happen. Ignoring her does not stop it either. I also have another dog as well, and have began walking them seperately to try and work on her behaviour by herself, but it has not helped. I would just love to take a stress free walk with both of my dogs at once!
Lastly, I will mention, I live in an apartment complex, so I take the dogs out several times a day to go to the bathroom. When we are just leaving the building to take them to their usual area, she remains much calmer, only making minimal peeps. As soon as she is aware that we are going for a WALK, not just out to the bathroom, the terrible, high pitched, uncontrollable squealing/crying begins.
The first year or two or her life she was not AS bad, but it has become such an issue with her these past three years. Is there any hope to change this behaviour after so many years?