I’ve just taken on a second Border collie, and I am having a number of problems... I wondered if anyone could offer advice?
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