I adopted a nine month old lab puppy last month. I have an 11 year old Ridgeback that is my heartbeat. My Ridgeback is so gentle, sweet, and kind - and along comes this puppy. She's so very reactive. I can't take her anywhere on a leash because she barks and barks - mainly at other dogs and some people. She's fine off leash and at the dog park but on leash she's a nut. She barks at neighborhood noises, other dogs barking, anything (and I mean anything) new in her environment. Sometimes I have no clue what she's barking at. I got a new grill and she spent 30 seconds barking at it. I absolutely hate her reactivity. I can deal with normal puppy behaviors but not this. A professional is coming on Friday to help us. I really haven't bonded with her. Anytime I try to pet her or sit with her - she bites me, slaps me, and chews on whatever part of me is closest. I've cried more this past month than I have in the last six. I cry because part of me wants to give her back but then I cry because I don't want to but am afraid I'll have to. I cry because I feel guilty and like I'm failing her. I cry because I'm afraid she'll never change. I can't live like this forever. I'm single, 32, and live in a very dog friendly city. Not being able to take my dog in public isn't an option. She's not aggressive but I'm afraid her reactivity will manifest into that. And let's face it - when a 50 lb dog is barking it's head off, people assume she's aggressive. Does anyone have any words of hope that this will get better?