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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.
Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?
1) When you say he's "hipper" what do you mean? 2) Can you attach a video showing him going in circles? 3) What are the main concerns I can help you with today?
Can you share a video of him going around in circles?How long have you owned him?Can you please list what states he has lived in?Have there ever been issues with ticks?
The first thing to know about behavior in an active, social breed like the GSD is that without a job they're apt to develop behavioral flaws like circling. Some of these dogs will also become compulsive in their efforts to groom themselves, may tail chase, may become destructive, etc. A young GSD often needs a mentally stimulating job to be happy and I worry that this is the case for Dewley. As much as we want to have lazy house pets, often working breeds don't comply with this until they are much older. At 2, Dewley is very much just a big puppy mentally.I would recommend getting Dewley into some behavioral analysis and a training/exercise program to help deal with some of the behaviors that you're seeing. Allow a behaviorist to analyze him in person, talk to you about a regimen of training that would be most useful for keeping him stimulated and begin an exercise regimen to help not only burn off energy but to regain his focus. With the way you describe the other dogs not taking well to his behavior, it's obvious to me that they're also confused by his behavior (likely because they are satisfied with being relaxed house companions where Dewley has different desires). Below are some ideas on how to burn off energy in the anxious dog:1) Running2) Biking3) Playing fetch4) Playing frisbee5) Agility6) Obedience7) Lure coursing 8) Treadmill runningOn top of this, you'll want to be sure that Dewley is working on commands so that his focus is turned away from himself and back on to you. Many dogs like this are masters at what their owner asks them to do because they are simply waiting for an outlet to focus on.If you need help finding a facility that can work with you on dog classes to get him trained past where he's trained now, please let me know what city you're in in Florida and I'll get to work finding a location nearest you.
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