I don't know if it's the acupuncture making Dar's qi (chi) flow or the cool temperatures we've been having but her energy level is OUT OF CONTROL. Our hour plus long walks don't tire her out at all so I decided to take her to the dog park after work yesterday.
Westcrest park is a great one because it has the off leash play area and a trail that loops around so between play sessions we can walk the loop to rest her from playing and still get exercise. (There are even trails outside of the off leash area, but we have yet to explore that part yet.)
Darwin was playing with this husky who decided to try and hump her... I told his owner she'd get him off, but his owner back there quickly put his leash on him and took him away. I felt bad for him.
There was another Dane at the park too! It's funny how quickly Darwin will run over to say hi to another Dane. They played a quick game of bitey face (they look so ferocious), but Darwin got distracted by that little pug in the background who kept biting her ankles. Each time she got bit she'd almost sit on the pug and the pug would keep going after her. It was kind of funny, but I'm sure Darwin didn't think so so I took her away.
Even an hour and a half at the park, play time and walking four loops didn't tire her enough and she was up at 530 this morning wanting to get out and do something.
Thanks for all your suggestions on the fireworks + barking issue. We ordered a Thundershirt to see if it will help. Almost all the advice that was given was to ignore the barking and praise her when she stops. But we can't just let her bark since we're in a small condo and her barks are really loud. It's especially a problem if she barks late at night when our 3 year old neighbor is most likely in bed. We've been working on our "no bark"/"shh" command, which works sometimes, but we still haven't perfected it. She was barking this morning at some random noise outside, so after our "shh" or "look at me" commands weren't getting her attention I took her to the bathroom and put her in there for a bit (I was in there brushing my teeth) and we let her out after a while. I've been watching a fair bit of It's Me or The Dog and Victoria seems to use the "removal" technique quite often (removing the dog to another room for a few seconds when they bark) and I think I'll be trying that out with Darwin, especially for her barks at random noises.