puppy whines, wimpers, barks when out walking

I am getting super frustrated with my new puppy! She is about 6 months old and I got her from an Humane Society. She is some sort of australian shepherd mix. When I try to take her outside to walk and go to the bathroom, as soon as she sees another human or dog she starts going nuts! She cries, barks and wimpers and wags her tail like a lunatic. I can't get her to calm down. Even if I pick her up she wiggles out of control and continues her ranting. Is she scared? When the person gets closer she tries to get to them so they will pet her and jumps up on them. What do I do to break this habit? She sounds like she's in pain when she does this(though she's not) and people look at me like I'm a horrible dog owner but I don't know what to do to fix this!
Any advice would be much appreciated!
I've tried the water squirt in the face and that only deters her for a second and she starts it up again.

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Snoopy84

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Reply To: kellivance05

What kind of person are you!  Your dog obviously is getting supper nervous and afraid, and you think squirting her in the face is the answer! 

You need to either positively reinforce the good behavior, ignore the bad behavior, or take her back to the shelter!  Your are going to ruin this dog for ever!!!!!!!!!

COME ON!!!!  BE RESPONSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kellivance05

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Reply To: Snoopy84

wow, you shouldn't even be posting on this site.
first of all, using a water bottle isn't uncommon- it is a recommended method from many trainers.
second, I have owned and raised other dogs very successfully. This is the first one with major anxiety issues that I need help with.
If you don't want to help people and give instructive advice, don't post on this site or any other for that matter.

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Luna

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Reply To: kellivance05

Hi kellivance05

If you are still using this forum, did you manage to solve the problem? I was just browsing the net for solutions, my puppy does the same things. She's calmed down a bit now but still goes mental when she sees dogs or people she knows, especially from a distance. I guess it's super-excitement but she does sound as if I was hurting her. Trying to calm her down doesn't work. Help!

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Dooley

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Reply To: kellivance05

Only in puppy mills do they squirt water in their face! Never do that again it will never help! First at home inside where there are no people, play with her gives lots of attention to her, if you have another friend who has a dog/s bring the dogs over to your house for a play, let them bond and gain trust, it will be good if there are at least 4 other dogs. And after 10-15 minutes bring the other dogs owners slowly into the house ignoring her bring your friend in with their back facing you dog. Let the other dogs go to your friend (which is their owner) and give them a treat and say hello to them. If your dog is making any sounds go shih, and discipline her verbally. Sit down in a separate room with your friend making all the dogs follow along. Repeat these steps over and over again until your dog gets use to other humans in her territory and has shown at least some improvement. Now you are going to tie a leash connected to another brave, social, loving towards humans dog and also connected to your dog. Get another friend of yours to come over, sit down and chat, have a coffee. And shih to your dog if she barks, give something to distract your dogs. A few minutes later, call all the dogs by their name in the happiest tone and encourage you dog at the same time. If your dog likes squeaking toys, use that. Get your friend to call the other dogs including the dog connect by a leash to your dog. If your dog follows along the dog connect to her praise her and say good girl! Pat her if she had just won a race. Then give some chicken or meat and a favorite toy to your friend sitting opposite you on the couch.  Get her to do the same to your dog and the rest of the dogs. 

With the leash still connected to both your dog and the other dog attach another to the other dog connected to your dog along the way give lots of praise and treats take the other dogs out for a with another friend holding the other dogs leashes. Go outside to the bathroom. Have a friend walking their dogs meet them on the way and ignore your dog if she get upset if she barks shih to her will do. With the other dog connected to your dog, get that dog with the rest of the dogs to greet her. 

- Paws Up thats all from me for now. I did this with my GSD Malamute mix dog and it worked and it was fixed when I got to this stage! Goodluck! Otherwise call Caesar Millan

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Dooley

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Reply To: Snoopy84

Yes you are right it is wrong to squirt water in their face but you say being responsible is fix it or give up and take the puppy back, that is the real wrong thing to do that is not responsible that is giving up on something not worth giving up on!

Taking this dog back to the shelter will ruin this dogs life forever just as bad!
You right now are the irresponsible one for saying such thing! Its like adopting a child but then giving up on it and giving it away to an orphanage to become an orphan for the rest of their life!
SHAME ON YOU! 

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Dooley

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Reply To: kellivance05

The water squirt can sometimes be necessary, and in this case I was wrong before, this is a time when you needed to do it. You are a great owner, you are responsible too you asked for help instead of trying yourself and then giving up!

- Paws up!

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