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Can a Dog have ADD

My dog is a rescued dog. (could be Keeshund/labrador retriever/collie/husky mix, ie. low sitting body (short legs) but collie/lab like torso & face.)  Don't know her past.  

DEMANDS a LONG walk every day.  Betwen 2-3 pm she starts wildly LOUDLY barking and jumping around almost like she's saying "I'm so bored I need to go for a walk."  If she sees me descend from my bedroom in day clothes, she starts this barking too, thinking I'm taking her out.

I try a "settle" command, and then sometimes put her outside to sit at the front or back yard (tethered) where she then settles down.

I take her for car rides when I drop the kids off at school, etc, and take her a full hour brisk walk daily.

My problem is the entire walk she is hyper - panting and running. She RUNS (fast little trot) the entire walk.  She is never ready to head home and tries to get me to go a different direction.  When I don't use a halti, she pulls the entire hour and if I jog she loves it.  She can't be trusted off leash because she has a crazy streak, ie. will lunge at car headlights, or run into people's yards, chase wildlife, run away 100 miles and hour, etc.  I take her to an enclosed arena a couple times a week to let her have a run.  

Is it possible she has ADD?

She does everything with energy.  When she re-enters the house she runs up the stairs at full speed, she runs out to the car at fullspeed almost tripping us, and when she's excited runs through the house and jumps around.  

I live where it is -40 C in the winter with ice and snow.  (she likes the snow almost like she is a snow dog).   Last winter I walked her daily cause she was new and I was motivated, but I don't know if I can keep up to her demands. We predict she's almost 3 and I'm 48.

I could give her 3 car rides, a morning & afternoon 20 min. walk, a 10 min arena runoff plus a 45 minutes of jogging/walking with me, and the next day she would want the same thing all over again.  It seems like nothing is ever enough for her.

Maybe I'm trying to domesticate a wild dog,  She is very very affectionate and pretty calm the rest of the time indoors.  I don't think she'd like to be a wild independent farm type dog, but she has a streak like she'd like to wander for a couple hours a day if I would let her.

Any pointers on living with her successfully?
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She actually sounds like a normal, high energy dog to me. Maybe if you have time, you could get her into an activity? Maybe agility, flyball, pulling work, etc. Cesar Milan recommends using a weighted back pack for working dogs, you put them on while you walk them. It gives them a little something more to do while walking. You should look it up on his website. She sounds like she is just high energy and wants to do more to let that energy out, she wants to work! I don't know what kind of things you could find during winter where you live, but theres got to be something?
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Fourpaws is right I'm not sure if you have a cable or even like TV but ceasar milan is the man when it comes to dog training.  His show runs on animal planet or you could probably rent it by now at blockbuster.  Sounds like your dog could use the back pack and you can try and put bottle water in the back pack to add weight.  What that does is take the dog's mind off of wanting to run ramped and needs to concentrate on what she is doing(working).  Another thing that could help you and your dog is that if you have a tred mill you can have her walk on that to loose energy, but I would not only use that because I dont kow about you but I would not want to just walk on a tred mill and not go outside and see diefferent stuff and smells.  The snow must be great too since it probably tires her out trucking though it.  I don't think dogs get ADD remember Doctor's created that to push meds on us for the pharmacy's to make money and everyone person or dog just has diferent personalities and does not need to be covered up with some drug to calm her down.  But I am not a doctor I just would not give my dog ANY phsyc drugs even if they make them it would not be fare to her.
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I have always wonderd if my dog had ADD. he is not really hipper he just never sits down . he will sit for maybe 2mins then move around for 10 mins then sit for 2. and he does this all day. I even take him to the dog park every day for about an hour. he is also 3 years tho.
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I also agree, look up Cesar Millan tapes or the show.  He had a husky on last week that had too much energy for the little boy that owned him, he had him put the back packs on for extra weight when walking, and also showed the boy how to walk him.  When the dog got hyper and jumped, he had the boy totally ignore the dog.  Check him out, he's good.
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I agree with the above posters.  You have a high-energy dog who isn't getting enough exercise.  It sounds like you need the help of a behaviorist rather than a typical obedience trainers.

Your dog definitely needs a "job" and a one-hour walk won't cut it.  Running around the yard won't cut it either.  He needs structured exercise that burns off energy as well as exercises his brain.  That's a great combination for someone who is very active and takes the dog on bike rides or roller blading every day.  It's not a good combination for an owner who is more sedentery or simply doesn't have time in the day to meet the dog's needs.

Look into different dog day-care centers if you live in a large city.  Many of them offer structured activities that are customized towards the individual dog's needs.  Maybe 3 times a week to start.  A good day care facility will have a behaviorist on site.

Look into hiring someone to walk your dog at least once (or better twice) a day in addition to your morning walk.  From the behavior you describe, that person needs to know what they're doing so he learns that a walk doesn't mean he gets to do whatever he wants at the end of a 25 foot flex leash.  

Look at how your walks are going.  Do you ask him to wait at the door until invited outside or does he lead the way with you trying to catch up?  The Walk actually begins before you ever leave the house.  Incorporate training in the walk.  Have him sit or settle at intersections.  Do some quick figure 8's with him.  Anything to engage his mind and keep his attention on you instead of just following his nose wherever he wants to go.

You do need professional help to determine exactly what your dog needs.  I recommend a behaviorist for a few sessions.  Worst case, if you determine your dog isn't a good match for your life, then you may have to think about rehoming him.
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Yes, it's sad, but I have encountered many dogs bounding with normal, natural healthy energy, who are forced to stay on their beds, or alone in a yard, only because the owner either isn't inclined to physical exercise (at least twice a day with that kind of dog) -or is at work all day, or has children and cannot give the dog the exercise it needs.
Those cases are sad. The dog either gets trapped in its owner's sedentary lifestyle which is far removed from its natural needs....or it just gets old before its time. But the saddest thing is, in such cases the owner really loves the dog!
But as I always say -love isn't an emotion, it's about the practical things that are done, every day, come rain or shine, in sickness and in health....

The worst kinds of dogs for people who either can't or won't spend at LEAST two to three hours a day in physical activity with their dogs are:
Border Collies and sheepdogs
Beagles, and "Hounds" of any kind
Jack Russells and terriers
Pointers....hunting dogs,
and all kinds of dogs that come under the "working dog" category, or who are cross bred with those types.

Another point of thought is, dogs that are turned out into a yard all day alone are not happy. Yes they might get used to the situation, and at least they're in the fresh air... but dogs, being pack animals are not at their best when forced to be alone for long periods, with no guidance or structure. Neurotic behaviours often result from this, or plain old depression.
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I have one more question..I have a chi chi.She is 3 yrs. old.She gets a bath every single saterday .and seems to know what day of the week it is.And by god if by 5 oclock on sunday evening you dont give her a bath like she expects she will go out in the yard and find the freshest stinkiest smelliest smell out there ROLL all up in it and come in climb on your chest and look up at you.Like see what you made me do now you need to bathe me.It is aweful.So my first question is  do dogs know the days of the week?And the next question is.The same dog seems to find fresh piles of doo out side and eat it?Why is that that makes her do this?Does she have some sort of diet deficiency that makes her do this?These are the nastiest thinds ever that i have seen any dog do b4.
Please HELP!!

sincerely a pet owner
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I don't know why dogs want to eat poop, but mine do.  I also have to keep the litter boxes in a separate room with a gate in the doorway to keep the dogs from eating out of the litter boxes, then throwing it up.  Doesn't get any more disgusting than that.
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Many dogs can do some really disgusting stuff! Why do we love them?
I don't know.
Eating poop is called "coprophagia" Well I might know what it's called but I have no clue why some do it and some don't. All I can think of it's a behaviour that has become a habit, and to break any habit means some hard work on the part of the owner. As soon as the dog goes anywhere NEAR poop....it's a sharp "NO!" Hopefully that will work. If you can get the dog to walk past poop, and pay it no attention, then give it a treat right that minute. Either affection, or some little food treat. But you'll have to be certain there certainly IS no interest in that poop before you reward your dog for good behaviour. That means being very vigilant. If you reward her at the wrong time, you might reinforce the old craving.
But it can be a habit hard to break. Good luck.

Do dogs know the time....? Interesting question. My dog certainly seems to know  when it is 9.30 at night, That's when she gets a little treat. No matter what happens she always knows when it's time for her treat! I think they do have some awareness of rhythms, of timing, but it is a bit of a mystery.
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So i have a 2 year old female pitbull. When we are inside say at night she seems to never be able to sit down, she is usually very hyper but it just seems like she could have some kind of ADD or ADHD but i dont know if they exsist in dogs. I just feel she isnt comfortable or shes distracted maybe? she loves to be outside but also when i take her on long walks she tends to get tired, but she never gets tired running back and forth in the backyard. so im just totally confused on whats going on with her.
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My dog was diagnosed with ADD she rund jumps barks cries everything you don't want a dog to do. problem is how do we fix this??

well i have had a trainer/vet nurse out to look at her and its all about diet. you need to make sure her diet consists of no colours or preservatives (which is the case with most dry foods or the more expensive ones are too high in grain which bloats and causes agitation.

easiest solution pick a dry dog food brand like supercoat give your pup one cup of that in the morning and for dinner just some mince, sardines or tuna and some frozen vegies you have cooked up (just buy a big bag from aldis cook enough for a few days and keep them in the fridge in portions..

hope this helps :) (takes 4 - 6 weeks for the change in diet to work
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I believe like humans, all animals would have a "body clock" where they have set a routine to. They can't read a clock, so their body clock isn't disrupted by other time keeping methods. You will find if you change the feeding time to and earlier or later time, they will quickly adjust. Us humans on the other hand will take a little longer to adjust. I never use to where watches but someone would ask me the time and I could tell them and would be fairly close. They do have amazing sense of directions. Mine knows when I'm taking him to visit my sisters dog. A few corners away and he starts jumping around the car. He also knows when we are close to his walking park or we are about to get home. Body Clock, Keen Awareness and Intelligence it comes down to.
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