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Sorry for the length I'm overwhelmed and needed a place to lay out how I feel to people who may understand and have advice.
I adopted a German Shepherd/Mini Aussie mix 6 weeks ago and I just don't know if I can do this. She is 13 1/2 wks old now and her behavior has progressively gotten worse and worse. She bites and snaps at me for no reason that I can discern, before she bites she shows her teeth and I can't tell if she's aggressive or if this is normal puppy nipping. She attacks our 7 yr old Mini Aussie constantly, if she can see him she most likely jump at his face, maybe she's trying to play wrestle but it is so over the top that he gets overwhelmed and when he tries to walk away she just keeps on attacking. He has snapped at her but it doesn't seem to make a difference, I usually have to step in and pick her up away from him which ends up with me bitten. Her pulling/biting on his fur is so bad that she's vomited hair balls of his fur and her poop is full of his fur. Her behavior is also so much worse when she plays with him, if she's alone she calmer but after playing/attacking him she is bitey and mean.
Half the time when she is chewing on furniture and I have to remove her from the area because she won't listen she snaps at me. She was napping in her kennel for at least an hour or two but now she's starting to bark and whine at half an hour, if I don't let her out she will just keep vocalizing loudly until I let her out. When I make them food she launches herself in the air towards the food and has nearly knocked the food over several times. I've tried standing on her leash but she still tries to jump and ends up slamming into he ground when she can't. She inhales everything on the ground, taking her outside is an exhausting exercise in keeping her from eating everything.
My other dog is so stressed from her behavior that he's started carrying around his stress bears all the time, teddy bears with a rattle that he carries around asking for help hiding them when he's very stressed. Every time I scold her with a 'No' or 'Ah Ah', he becomes anxious and then I have to soothe him which makes it hard to get after the puppy when she misbehaves. My other dog is prone to anxiety and nervousness but it has gotten so much worse since bringing her home. The puppy was doing good with learning commands like sit, down, leave it, wait but lately it's like she just refuses to listen and fights me on everything. She also just refuses to cuddle at all, the only thing that's close is her laying near or on my foot when I'm in the kitchen.
I have spent every day of the last few weeks crying, every thing she does at this point makes my anxiety skyrocket and I've had near daily panic attacks. I realized a week or so ago that I don't feel love for her, to be honest I barely like her right now, I feel kinda, just indifferent towards her, but there are days that I genuinely dislike her and I don't know how to deal with that. I adopted this puppy to train as an emotional support animal and I just don't see how I can do that when I don't really even like her right now.
I know that a lot of this is probably just her being a puppy but I don't know how much more I can take. I can't even get her in puppy socialization classes right now because she has coccidia and giardia which is going to take at least a week more of treatment and then more testing to ensure it's gone. I live with my parents and they've had to watch her for me several times because I've broken down but we have very different views on how to raise a dog and I'm concerned that could cause her more behavioral problems. On top of all this I think she may be developing separation anxiety to me (and possibly my other dog) and I don't know how to fix that. I guess I'm just really overwhelmed and regret getting her right now and just don't know what to do. I don't think re homing her is an option as my parents made it very clear that if I got a dog I had to keep it regardless of any issues that may come up.
I guess just need advice on how to deal with some of this, may be someone to tell me if this is normal for her age. She has good moments but the bad seem to outweigh the good.
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