@chickspartan: I’m so sorry for your situation.
I currently have a similarly high energy and young dog. I’m not sure if this helps or not, but the age/breed you have is particularly difficult! Most one year old dogs are crazy. I saw your update, that is an excellent plan. Keep in mind, the pooch will calm down with age… Watch for it over the next 6 months. It is very encouraging for me to witness this in my own dog.
My doggy story, if you’re interested.
I have a black lab. We got her when she was 4 months old and she is 1 year, 8 months now. Darling Husband and I did all the research etc, but he wanted a really smart one from a working line. Bad idea! She is so high energy!
We walk her every day without fail, did puppy school, everything. She destroyed some things, but is much better now. Anyways, there were MANY moments that I had with her that just made me want to cry! She grew into an 80lb pulling machine! I only weigh 115lbs, so it can be really hard for me to contain her sometimes… Add the ice and snow into the mix and it gets worse. In fact, some (many) days I did cry… I would walk her and then sob and sob. No joke. My dog is really challenging to train. But she has a lovely disposition when she’s tired. I think that will be what she is like when she gets older.
We have and use all the gadgets. Bark collar, easy walk harness, kennel training, etc.
At one year old, I was feeling the dog regret a bit. I was tired and frustrated and my back hurt from being dragged all over. I knew that this was coming though, and I was mentally prepared to hate the dog at that age. I planned to wait it out, but I had time to prepare that you didn’t have.
I still have to coach her on walks, correct her, give treats… But I am happy to report that she is MUCH calmer. Overall, I’m very happy that we have her. She makes me laugh often. She’s a quirky dog.
I don’t really have any specific advice for your situation. I know it’s not exactly like mine. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone, ya know? Best of luck with everything.