I have a one year old neutered beautiful Male border collie whose behaviour is spiralling down hill we have had him since he was 8 weeks old. He has always really struggled to sleep outside of his crate we had to rely on enforced naps up until 8 months because he would get overtired and stroppy. At 8 months he began to settle by himself he was doing well, not perfect but it all felt like it begun to click and if felt like finally we where getting a dog start to come through. We have worked so hard to extinguish a lot of issues like his lead biting he exhibits when frustrated and we did this until he got to 10 months... he started showing signs of frustration again when he didn't get his own way. This wasn't too bad but quite a shock considering we thought we worked him through it.
At 10 and half months he was neutered due to being cryptorchid and vets saying he needs to be neutered before 1 year of age and ideally as soon as possible. After he healed from the surgery he carried on slowly getting into bad habits mainly on his walks he became triggered into lead biting very easily and his impulse control just completely went out the window. Fast forward to him becoming a year old in the house he just become a nightmare he started destroying his bed thats outside the crate and pulling the rug up.
We called in a behaviourist who told us we where enforcing too man rules and we needed to give him access to the garden and his toys all the time so he could blow off steam, she described him as a pressure cooker. She told us to stop using time outs and to put him behind a baby gate with a chew when he gets too much allow him to dig in the garden and stop playing fetch. All of this made the behaviour so much worse he decided everything is now fair game to chew, sofas, chairs, bins outside in the garden, foot stool, curtains, compost bin, shoes that we are wearing and our ankles (like he is 12 weeks old again) The behaviourist did a second house visit and concluded we need to basically return to what we was doing in the first place but packaged it like it was her idea.
Inside the house he will not switch off and only rests for seconds before getting back up even if he is tired and ready for a nap he keeps going and becomes more problematic. Its honestly so hard to live with and I don't know what to do and how normal this is to be honest. None of his siblings seem this way and we have to crate him when we go to bed and work which is awful, we never thought at 1 years old we would have to give such an amazing dog such little freedom. My other half has had collies in her family before and none have exhibited this before.
His routine daily is as follows:
6:30 out of crate for breakfast then goes for a 30 minute walk on long line
7:30 back in crate
10:00 out crate trick training garden time and fuss
11:00 back in crate
13:00 out the crate for potty break during lunch
13:30 back in crate
16:30 walk on long line and off lead (lots of sniffing and some training) also fetch with ball or frisbee) sometimes walks with other dogs too
17:30 back home potters round might go in garden might just run around the house looking for trouble
19:30 We may enforce a nap for half an hour if he seems really tired and behaviour is unbearable
20:00 kongs, chews and beef hides maybe a short training session
Very confident for a border collie.
Loves all peoples dogs and cats.
Highly food motivated.
Affectionate and seems happy most of the time.
We love him, so much.
He hasn't broke us...yet.
Is there any words of wisdom or resources anyone can offer. We are booking a different behaviourist to help. What I see when I watch this dog is one who just is too uncomfortable outside of his crate to settle. When he does lay down he does for moments before moving to different spots and eventually he gets agitated and barks at something only his collie ears can hear like he is frustrated and on edge. Pop him in the crate and lad goes straight down for a nap its the oddest thing, I feel like a lot of his problems could be solved by helping him settle but I just don't know how to help him.
Thank you for reading.