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  1. I also have a multi-dog household with a 9-week-old pup. Play is interrupted and the pup is always taken out by himself to do his business.
  2. Thank you, Tommy. Mya's Mom... My boyfriend initially thought the same thing, that Marley was reacting to me and my stress level. He was a police dog handler for years and that was his opinion. I'm not a stressed out kind of person, so I told him to take Marley with him daily for a few days when I was not around to socialize her and have some solid one-on-one time with her. It broke his heart when she peed on his lap during an episode of fear at a warehouse. Three days later he was paying for Marley to go to doggie day camp and now a behaviorist. I think the real issue with Marley is she was not properly socialized between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age because I had gotten some scary parvo stories from people. I've been taking Jet out to the high school next door to mingle with the people on the bleachers watching baseball. He loves meeting the people and jumping around and they all want to pet him. So I will not make the same mistake I did with the middle child.
  3. The Aussie and Marley are 6 months apart in age. They are polar opposites in personality and were since day one. The Aussie is playful like a child whereas Marley has always been far more serious. The new pup (Jet) and Marley are 4 1/2 months apart in age. I am as close and bonded with Marley as I am to the Aussie, maybe even more so. Jet is more like the Aussie in personality (they're both male), very out-going and social, and has so far been a great addition to our family. Marley and the Aussie, Huck, do not have this littermate syndrome thing people have been talking about. In fact, the behaviorist was impressed with the relationship between the two and how we handled both dogs in their relations with each other and did not step in when the two were playing rough but instead allowed them to work it out. We have a family raising these pups and bonding with them and looking out for them.
  4. It has nothing to do with "what I wanted to hear," so I don't know where that's coming from. I asked for practical advice, not to be bashed over the head as that accomplishes nothing.
  5. I didn't ask if I SHOULD get a pup or return the pup. I was asking advice on what to watch for etc. considering Marley's tendency to bark at people on leash. The only actual advice I got on my inquiry was don't walk the pup when I walk Marley, which I already have not been doing and had no plans on doing. Marley gets walked with the well-behaved Aussie or by herself. Hogwash. I don't need or want support or agreement. I already have the puppy. Just asking for useful and practical advice after the fact of having the puppy. I've heard, "return the puppy." I didn't ask if I should return the puppy.
  6. It seems like a lot of responses are coming from a place of treating Marley like a "special needs" dog because of certain behavior she exhibits outdoors on a leash. And I come from the camp where the more you treat something like it's special needs, the more it believes it is special needs and the more special needs it becomes.
  7. Liz, you make me laugh. You are always forthright in what you have to say and harsh in your judgments. You call a spade a spade and I respect that as I am the same way and think it's the only way to be. That being said, I will get back to this board as my work with the behaviorist and Marley progresses. If it turns out I was wrong and made an awful choice and did the wrong thing, I will be the first to admit it.
  8. I'm sure glad I'm going into this with positive thoughts and energy! And I'm sure thankful I've always thrived on challenges and was blessed with a well that overflows with hope, faith, and the belief in all good things My top of the line behaviorist probably thought it was a bad idea, GentleLake, but I didn't ask. The die has been cast and even with all these nay-saying responses, I feel very positive about the whole thing. But my well always overfloweth and I always pull through the toughest challenges
  9. Of course it's going to be challenging, but I think the companionship Marley will get from the new pup outweighs everything else. I did not get the new pup for me, but for Marley. She LOVES playing with other puppies. In fact, when she's walking down the street and a puppy or small dog is crossing paths, she brightens up and everything else going on around her doesn't exist. She even warms up to the other pup's human. It gives her joy and makes her happy. So I have some extra work and extra training. That's not a big deal to me.
  10. Liz, there are absolutely no walks together as I don't want Marley's outdoor behavior rubbing off on the pup. We actually have three dogs and the great walking behavior of the Aussie hasn't rubbed off on Marley unfortunately. But whenever the Aussie isn't home, Marley is lonely because she likes having another dog around. The three dogs play wonderfully together and with two adults and a teen taking care of them there is more than enough love and attention for all the puppies! They each have one-on-one time and together time with each of us.
  11. Nicole, my 6-month-old border collie does the same thing on lead, but with people and not cars. I recently hired a behaviorist to help with this problem. I've only met with her once so far, but she started me with getting my pup a Thunder Shirt and Comfort Zone. A Thunder Shirt mimics the swaddling of a baby to make them feel secure. Comfort Zone is a spray or plug in airwick type deal that produces the smell of pheromone (in their mommy's milk) that helps to assuage fears and comfort them.
  12. This past weekend, I took a drive up to Northern California and bought a companion for my Marley girl. A beautiful black and white short-haired border collie. His name is Jet and he's nine weeks old. Okay, before I mess things up, does anyone have any advice, criticism, etc.? As for Marley and her barking outside while on leash, I hired a very qualified, top-of-the-line behaviorist So far, we've incorporated a Thunder Shirt into her non-existent-until-now wardrobe, Comfort Zone DAP, and I'm not putting her into an situations that might cause her alarm and break that threshold so as not to further cement this behavior. I'm also working with her on the "find it" game, to help stimulate her brain; and the "leave it" game, which I suppose will be incorporated into our walks on leash with the behaviorist (and by myself once I learn how we will use it next week). Thanks in advance for any advice you might share!
  13. I appreciate all the good advice and well wishes. I know one of these days I will be able to take my Marley girl to a dog-friendly outdoor eatery with the family and have a good time (and be able to eat
  14. Thank you, Tess's girl. She loves the people and other dogs at doggie camp. She's always happy when I take her there, so I have no reservations about the treatment she's getting. Thanks for the recommendations on material to look into. I appreciate it
  15. I seem to be doing things wrong and, of course, that is not my intention. There's absolutely nothing that has happened to her that could have set in a level of fear that needs to be tip-toed around, so I'm probably best off to get some professional help to determine the basis for her fear and help her overcome it. Thank you all for your help.
  16. I don't pull her leash tight and yank it, Waffles. I tug it gently to get her attention and change her mindset and it typically works. It seems everyone is telling me to keep her away from the scary world instead of showing her the world is good and no one is out to get her.
  17. Liz, it doesn't matter the atmosphere she's in, she's scared and barking at passersby. Taking her for a walk at night, she passes people ten feet away and barks at them. When I tug on her leash it's not a correction and it's not a choke chain. It's pulling her attention away from what she's fixating on and onto me because she'll typically look up at me when I do that. The two times she has urinated she was at Petsmart. I took her for a bath. Being in the check-in room with one other dog and two people had her cowering in the corner peeing. She can be at the beach off leash with 50 people and 25 other dogs and she's FINE. People can pet her, she plays with all the dogs, she's happy. You put her on a leash and she's barking at the person across the street. If she's playing ball at the school or dog park she's A Okay. She pays little attention to everyone passing by. It takes her a total of ten minutes to warm up to anyone and be the sweetest dog to them, but going for a walk and forget it. I figured being at a busy place would help get through to her that, "Wow, nothing is happening to me and no one is bothering me."
  18. My little Marley girl is going on six months and is a sweetheart. I've been taking her to doggie day care once a week to interact with other dogs and people and she always gets a great report card. Plays great with the other dogs, makes friends and is very sweet to all the employees she interacts with. Still, when she's on a leash outside the entire world seems to scare her. she jumps at noises and barks at almost everyone. After walking about 20 minutes she relaxes a bit and stops barking and lunging at pedestrians (I take her to outdoor malls to socialize her with the busy world). At that point, she will only go crazy barking if large groups of people begin inundating the space around her. I've been focusing on socializing her since she was all done with her beginner puppy shots. But it seems I was too late because all this fear set in in the interim. these people on the sidewalk that she's barking at aren't even approaching her to be sociable -- they're minding their own business. I brought to an outdoor, dog-friendly restaurant and she barked and lunged at everyone to the point I left. When I see the onset of this behavior, I tug quickly at her leash to pull her focus away from the scary stuff around her and get her attention. This has helped a bit. Walking with her, she is always at my side on a short leash so I can better gage her attitude toward everything and see how she's carrying herself. Trying to distract her with food and trying to make it a pleasant experience does not help because she has no interest in even chicken when she's outdoors in scary places. When she's extra scared it goes so far as accidentally urinating on the spot. It's so sad to watch and I'm doing what I can to help her, but I feel like I'm not doing enough because it's not stopping. On an upbeat note, she enjoys the doggie camp experience so much that she actually wags her tail and is so happy every time we visit Petsmart (walk-by for socialization and being around people) and go by the doggie camp. Is this fear and barking something that will go away as I continue to socialize her and she matures? Any stories/advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Kim
  19. I think he would make a great dog for a single man who's looking for a guard dog and companion. I wouldn't have the heart to even consider putting a healthy dog who was previously abused down.
  20. I agree with Gloria. My Marley girl is five months old and knows from experience that when mom is relaxing she has to chill out if she wants to hang out, otherwise she is removed from family activities and put in time out in her kennel for ten minutes at a time. If you want to work on the stay command, aside from doing the training for stay and rewarding it, reward her throughout the day whenever you catch her exhibiting the behavior you want to see. If you walk past her and she's sitting, reward her for sitting with a treat, a kiss, or a good girl. I find my Marley always wants to please me and, through rewarding her with attention or treats for behavior I want to see, she knows how to make me happy and in turn get praise and attention, which she thrives on. I highly recommend the Paul Owens DVD The Dog Whisperer - beginning and intermediate training. It is chock full of excellent information as well as step by step training instructions. It also comes in a book.
  21. schrev... I'm really new here and I don't know if you should be taking advice from me, but you seem to be in desperate need of help, so I'll try! first, you said your pup is ten months and you started his shots today. Is he ten weeks or ten months? also, you said you took him for a walk and did some training for a half hour. Did you happen to give him any other exercise than a walk? My border collie needs a good run to unwind and wear him out, and even then he still wants to go, go, go because that's in his genes. I'll either have my son take him for a run while he rides his bike for 15 minutes or so, throw the ball or Frisbee and have him run that way, or even pull my son on his skateboard to wear her down. I would highly recommend vigorous exercise as opposed to a walk to help Ziggy unwind and feel good. He might just have all this energy bundled up without an outlet. Once you've run him hard, he'll be much more willing to take it easy for a while. These are just my thoughts, and I might be totally off base here, but it works for me. Good luck! Kim
  22. Thank you all for taking your time to reply. I'm really looking for a specific dvd which will show me how to get my pup to do the commands. I do have a Paul Owens DVD but it only shows the basic commands where I am looking for something more comprehensive that goes beyond the basics. The DVD also doesn't get into "watch me." Would I look in her eyes and say watch me and then do it from further away? Perhaps I want to hire a trainer to take some one on one time to show me how to get the dog to learn to do what I ask? I'm thinking there must be a good dvd which goes beyond the basics of sit and down and heel.
  23. I'm working with my 18-week old BC and we've got most of the basic commands down. She's spot-on every time with Down. I raise my hand over my head and she immediately stops what she's doing and lies down. I'm very excited with her training. I've got a Paul Owens DVD and it was great with basic commands; however, it really falls short of my expectations. I want to move on to train her to "wait" and "release" (is this a command?), but I want to be sure I'm using the right hand signals that most trainers use and is common language amongst training dogs. Any suggestions?
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