My girlfriend is going to school to be a veterinary technician and the one day we got talking to one of her teachers who is a veterinarian. She has GSPs and we were talking about how we just got one of our own. She mentioned something about how breeders need to be very selective about breeding because more GSPs are becoming neurotic. I was wondering if anyone has heard about this and can explain a little bit more about this.
I haven't seen any neurotic GSPs in my neck of the woods, just high energy GSPs. Maybe she doesn't understand the breed or the passion/focus/intensity of the breed when they are doing something they love. Some might think mine are neurotic when they have been cooped up inside because of stormy weather, or if they are frustrated because a squirrel is teasing them and they can't get to the squirrel, or if I get out the harnesses for flyball or bike riding, or when we head for the beach or lake, or...well you get the picture.
We had a Shorthair that was diagnosed with OCD ( obsessive compulsive disorder) . We treated him with Prozac. He was the only dog we've had that wasn't wired right.
Thanks for your responses.
pixie bee- I really like your advice. Sometimes I have noticed that letting Leroy out to play with other puppies can be a little chaotic and actually rile him up more. I will have to try and think of ways to mentally stimulate him. He loves canned food so I put a little chunk in a kong ball. It kept him busy and I think it is good mental stimulation for him trying to figure out how to get the treat out