**Sorry for the long post**
So some of you know that I recently got a new puppy, she's currently 10 months old but has the mentality of a 6 month old!
With these dark early mornings I'm having difficulty coming up with ways to tire her out before I go to work.
If she's not tired out enough she gets bored and gets into things that she shouldn't!!!
Getting a dog walker to come during the day is not an option. She is still very scared of strangers (terrified of men) and it takes her a long time to warm up to people.
Daycare is only once a week at the moment. It still stresses her out when she goes, especially if there is a male working that day. She doesn't quite play with other dogs yet but she will sniff them once she gets settled in.
I've tried playing fetch with her (30-40 minutes) with Mia in the mornings but that doesn't tire her out enough.
We'll walk around my neighborhood for an hour to an hour 15 mins and it just stresses her out. I would have thought the stress would tire her out with all the people walking by, lights, sounds etc but it just makes her more anxious so as I'm getting ready for work she stays in that anxious state and then causes a lot of damage once I leave.
Crating is not an option because well..I'm not going to crate any animal for 7-8 hours. Even for half a day she cries like a banshee. Funnily enough, if I'm home and I crate her she's fine, but as soon as I leave she goes crazy. She's actually broken the off the door so until I buy another crate, crating (for part of the day) is not an option.
The ONE thing that works is running her for 2.5-3 hours on the jetty. It's a long path surrounded by water so I can let her run loose (with a 30' lead). Every time I run her there with Mia and her doggy friends, Nymeria is totally fine at home (alone) for the rest of the day. This one time she broke out of her crate (that's when she broke the door) and I had raw food defrosting on the counter, open bags of candy, treats etc and she didn't touch anything! She didn't even touch the xmas tree (so far she's broken at least 1-2 ornaments everyday while I'm at work) and no chewed wires. (She chewed my internet cable last week sigh.)
UNFORTUNATELY....the jetty only opens at 7am and I have to be at work at 8am. If they opened earlier I would definitely run them, but they block the entrance with a huge gate.
This morning my friend and I tried something new...we up woke early and took all the dogs to a nearby (enclosed) tennis court for them to run around in for an hour (at 6am!). We'll see if that was enough to tire out Nymeria. If it works, great! I have one solution, however, I'm pretty sure my friend won't be able to wake up at 5am every morning for me lol so I have to figure out what else I can do when its just me, Mia and Nymeria.
It's pretty dark in the tennis courts, it's not safe for me to be there alone and Mia and Nymeria don't really play a lot together yet (so far only randomly at home).
Obedience training only gets her excited and her attention span is like...3 seconds. Leash training during our walks doesn't work because she's more focused on people around her (nervous).
Eventually I'd like to get a backpack for her (Mia has one for our walks) but she's only 10 months and she's a large dog so I don't think it's a good idea to get one until she's fully grown (at around 2 years of age.)
Am I totally hooped? Is there anything else that would tire her out?
Note: there are TONS of things she could chew like yak chews, bones, antlers, stuffed treat toys etc but of course she chews the things she's not supposed to. I do leave her empty paper towel rolls and cardboard egg cartons to distract her because I don't care if she leaves a paper mess. I can clean that up easily.
Note: She is currently wearing a collar that releases pheromones to help calm her down, as well as some supplements I put in her food everyday. Because she's still young and her brain is still developing, the vet doesn't want to put her on any drugs so we're trying a more natural route.
I've attached photos so you can see what I'm talking about regarding the jetty. (The first picture I photoshopped out the leashes in case you were wondering...haha)