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  1. Hi folks, Thank you so much for your useful feedback! I’m coming to the end of the third day of having Max and Drum with me. And I’m pleased and relieved to say that Max seems to be generally a lot more at ease, and much more like his old self. Both dogs are desperate for cuddles and attention, and when one gets it the other wants it too. But whereas Max was facing away and wouldn’t look at Drum before, he’s more relaxed and his tail’s wagging away and he pushes his head next to Drum’s for a stroke from me, and vica versa. It seemed to help taking them out together on a lead too. The humping hasn’t quite gone away, but is improving - slightly contrary to D’Elle’s well-intended advice, I have give been clear and firm with Drum, but not raised me voice particularly loudly; and that’s been enough to make Drum think... He’s gone to begin, then looked up at me and paused, and then walked away from Max again. Max hasn’t been phased by this approach. I didn’t know about the temporary chemical castration, so thank you for the information on that - I’ll discuss it with the vet when we next go. In terms of bathroom training, I’m noticed one accident this morning, which I think was caused by Drum having to wait a bit longer than he’d perhaps be used to, being left out in a barn previously. And he went in my billiards/pool room which I rarely use (it has less furniture and a vinyl flooring and probably felt a bit less “homely” than the rest of the house.) But he already seems to understand the concept of “this is your home so you shouldn’t make a mess in it.” Both are so loving and friendly. I’m working at home due to the office being closed for Covid-19, and struggling to get any work done thanks to all the kisses and cuddles they both want! Thank you so much for your kind support and taking the time to write to me. I’m a bit of an infiltrator I’m afraid - I notice this is a US Border Collie group... I’m am from Preston in the north of England - and Max actually came from a tiny hilltop farm on the English/Scottish “border“ which the breed gets it’s name from But thanks for having me, and I will keep you updated and enjoy reading your stories too! Best regards, David, Max and Drum (Max is tri-colour, Drum is black and white)
  2. Hi everyone, I’ve just taken on a second Border collie, and I am having a number of problems... I wondered if anyone could offer advice? Background: I’ve lived with collies all my life (I was 34 yesterday) and am now on my 5th. I lost my 17 year old lovely Jack at the start of this year, and after a couple of months was offered a new 2 year old collie called Max. He came off a farm where he’d been neglected by the original owner, having not been interested in sheep. He has been pretty much perfect - a soft, gentle nature, friendly with everyone, reacts immediately to commands, etc. He can be slightly submissive and nervous however, if he thinks my voice is raised or sharper. He’d lived with other dogs all his life, and absolutely loves to see dogs on our walks. For that reason, and that it is just me and him living at home, I wanted to take on a second dog, for company etc. Last night I brought a new 2.5 year old collie, “Drum” home. He was a working dog, who was trained for herding but was afraid of the more militant sheep and the farmer decided he’d be better off as someone’s pet. Again, he’s extremely friendly and loving, loves other dogs etc. I initially introduced them to each other outside of the house - both delighted to see each other and with tails wagging freely for half an hour. We went back in the house after a while, and that’s when some issues began... - Max has very quickly gone extremely “clingy” with me - he’s almost trying to ignore drum is there, and is jumping up to get my attention and be stroked and cuddled. He seems threatened that another dog is getting attention and stealing me away from him. neither dog has displayed any aggression whatsoever - but I am unsure how to balance this and enable Max to relax and accept the new dog? - Drum is a little “overfriendly” shall we say.. he’s kept trying to get hold of Max’s back and begin humping him. Again, I’ve shouted at him and he stops, but this behaviour seems to worry Max all the more. I should add that neither dog is castrated. Is this something that is likely to calm down as they get used to each other? Is castration the answer - and is it effective in a 2.5 year old dog? - Drum has never lived in a house before. After only a few seconds he cocked his leg up, and has tried several times since - to which I’ve firmly shouted sharply at him. Max hadn’t lived indoors before either, but I didn’t have this issue at all with him. Can anyone advise of the best way to train a dog out of this? I’ve had collies live together before, but didn’t have these “teething problems,” which I optimistically hope is what they are. If anyone could offer sensible tips and advice, I’d be so grateful. Thank you so much for reading, and if you have any questions please ask. Kind regards, David
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