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  1. @Meghan Thank you so much for tips Meghan. I started practicing the relaxation protocol with Sunee a few days ago and can already see an improvement in his reactivity level. He also responds really well to being rewarded for his good behaviour (we try to ignore him when he behaves badly ones unless it's so bad that it can't be ignored and then he is put in his crate to calm down). I will definitely add the sign to the door so just as you said I don't need to rush to answer it. I believe we will eventually get there. It's just the matter of time. Thank you so much again and best of luck to you with Bailey!
  2. @RosaleeThank you so much for sharing your personal experience. Interesting as Sunee is exactly the same as your girl. If he gets to meet the person knocking on the door he is actually very friendly but of course this can't always be done to invite people in so that the dog gets to meet them in case it's a postman or some kind of sales person. Funny enough I actually told my daughter a few days ago that we were going to act as visitors knocking on the door so that he gradually gets desensitised. Hopefully this combined with the protocol will do the trick although I am fully aware that this is not something that will just happen in a day or two but will be a long process. Thank you again.
  3. @albuquerquedanThank you so much. That's massive help. I will research this properly.
  4. Our BC boy Sunee has turned 8 month on 1st of July. He is generally a very lively, naughty and extremely bright boy. He is reactive to many triggers, has a low threshold and can easily get way overstimulated. However with consistent training he has been improving gradually. He used to go really wild outside but with gentle modification and desensitization he is getting calmer every day. However one major issue we have been experiencing with him is his reactivity at home. He seems incredibly overprotective of his home environment to the extent that it makes our life difficult at times. We got Sunee in December when Britain was in lockdown and social life non existent and therefore we did not have any visitors and his socialisation was limited to an absolute minimum if not non-existent altogether. I guess this lack of exposure to visitors largely contributed to his low tolerance and resulted in the behaviour which continues to this day. Whenever there is a knock on the door Sunee goes absolutely wild with barking, snapping and lunging. I normally grab him by the leash if he has one on at the time and put him in his crate to calm down (he would not respond to ‘sit’ or any other cue when this much over the threshold). Occasionally however it seems to be really impossible to put him in his crate because if I try to grab the leash he will try to snap. I would really appreciate your advice on the best approach to calming him down if you experienced anything similar. I should point out that I follow Leslie McDevitt’s method of training and Sunee responds really well to ‘Look at that’ cue when outside but it does not seem to be so effective at home. It is when he is still below the threshold I am normally really good at recognizing the signs of him getting overstimulated but I obviously can’t control when people knock on the door by which stage ‘Look at that’ would not work. Thank you so much in advance.
  5. @D'Elle Thank you. I am obviously very biased but yes, he really is gorgeous and very naughty too. We have been working on improving the last bit though and will get there eventually.
  6. @albuquerquedanOf course. This is our gorgeous Sunee.
  7. @Rosalee @albuquerquedan Thank you so much both for some amazing ideas on mental stimulation games. Will definitely add some hiding food, hide and seek as well as modified frisbee to our routine. As stated above our boy Sunee loves being physically active but mental stimulation fires him much more than anything else so frankly any game or activity that keeps these dog brain cells going will work wonders for him!
  8. @alligandeThank you so much for your response. I could not agree more with everything that you said. Our pup seems pretty tired after a good walk and even though I have not had a dog before I can see that you most definitely 'create' your dog. They will be what you train and teach them to be. I am not a huge fan of 'fetch' and I think with our particular pup he might be one of those that will get pretty obsessive about games of this sort if played too frequently. I agree that mental stimulation is key. Our boy is incredibly keen on being trained. He loves all the attention he gets. He is very smart and learns new commands nearly instantly but I guess this is probably the case with most if not all BCs. However apart from regular 'follow the command' type of training I am not entirely sure about what games are best to stimulate the mind. Hence I would really appreciate if you could share what works for your dogs. Thank you so much again.
  9. Thank you so much amjsalazar for your advice. I really would love to exercise him a bit more as I feel once he is properly tired than he is 'nice and quiet' for most part of the day. Otherwise he can get a bit restless. BCs energy levels are pretty high. I will try fetch within these 30 minutes and see if this helps. Thanks again.
  10. I genuinely love all pets and especially dogs but Border Collies are very special to me. I've never had a different breed and BC has been my first dog. Many were advising against getting a BC since they are not the easiest breed and definitely not for the first time dog owner but I like a challenge. Everything I have learnt about dogs is through my beautiful boy. I am a very quick learner though and so is he so this has been quite a journey for both of us. Our boy is beautiful, smart, sensitive but also occasionally head-strong, loyal, loving and very very special indeed. I would never ever even consider a different breed. So overall I guess I am pretty obsessed.
  11. I would very much appreciate if you could share your BC's daily routine. I am fully aware that this will vary depending on many factors, primarily your dog's age, activity level, your location. Our BC boy is 6 months old (will be 7 months old on 1st of June). He is very active (but then I gather most BCs are). We tend to take him on 2-3 daily walks with some running included on 2 of them. He also spends some time in our garden playing ball but this is about 5 minutes usually once or twice per day. The walks last approximately about 20-30 minutes. He is different on different days and on some days he feels a bit lazy and doesn't want to walk a lot and we never push him to do more than what he wants. On other days though it feels like the walks are not enough for him and he could probably walk and run more. However I am always very aware of the joint issues they might develop if exercise is overdone at this age. I follow the rule the breeder gave me which is 5 minutes of activity per month of their age so in his case it is about 30 minutes at only one time. I would very much appreciate your thoughts and experiences on this issue and if you could also describe your daily routine from the moment your dog or puppy gets up until they go to sleep. Thank you so much in advance.
  12. Thank you so much to everyone who found the time and energy to respond to my post. I really do appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on this. Apologies I took so long to thank you all. Unfortunately I am extremely busy. Apart from the kids and pup (and having two cats) I am also studying at the moment. I have to say I tried all the methods mentioned, crating him, yelping as in pain, grabbing him by the cheek, telling him 'no' very firmly, separating, using the lead all the time even at home and so on. I think my major downfall is consistency (or lack of it). While I have generally been really good at crating following his naughty behaviour, the same thing does not apply to my husband and as D'Elle said unless everyone follows through all the hard work goes for nothing. He has never ever displayed any of these behaviours towards me. From the moment we got him he accepted me as the leader so he acts very differently with me and would never ever dream to jump and bite. While I love him to bits I am very firm with him when needed and he simply knows he can't mess around. It's unbelievable how smart these dogs are and quick at understanding what is in our core. He can be a bit mouthy with my husband at times although rarely but the kids are the real attraction for him. I completely agree that kids are just super exciting for puppies. My 10 year old one not so much but my younger who is 8 is his constant target (mainly because she does a lot of hopping and squeals a lot which triggers sets him off). Overall I try to teach them as much as the pup to correct their behaviour too. I have to say he is getting better. I am in no doubt we will stop the biting eventually. I guess I just need to consistently follow through which is not always the easiest depending on where we are. In response to Rosalee's question, he does follow commands and in fact when kids train him he does not bite them at all as he is too focuses on the training. It's sort of as if he had two 'brains'. When the cognitive is in charge he is really good and focused but once the cognitive switches off and the emotional kicks in he literally goes a bit wild. Otherwise he is an amazing dog, really smart and simply adorable and we love him to bits. I am positive that eventually we will get there and train the biting out of him.
  13. Desperate for some advice. We are a family of 4 with two girls who are 10 and 8. Our BC puppy is going to turn 5 months on 1st of April. He has been with us since December and what a journey it has been and a huge learning curve. He is incredibly bright and easy to train. However persistent nipping and biting of the girls is one major issue that I am finding very difficult to handle primarily because I already tried everything I heard of to stop it. We all follow basic principles of obedience training, tried to keep him busy with distractions, various commands, using the line, giving him time out, reinforcing the positive behaviours and so on and so forth. While he is incredibly quick in picking up everything else, the biting of the children is one thing that I do not seem to be able to get under control. Please advice if you had similar issues and found something that did work and stopped the biting. I am familiar with the theories of BC herding the children. I really need advice on stopping this because it is very hard to have a dog that children constantly need to be away from. Thank you so much in advance. MB25
  14. Thank you so much Ruth. I'm new to this site hence the obvious mistake. Will repost. Regards Maria
  15. Desperate for some advice. We are a family of 4 with two girls who are 10 and 8. Our BC puppy is going to turn 5 months on 1st of April. He has been with us since December and what a journey it has been and a huge learning curve. He is incredibly bright and easy to train. However persistent nipping and biting of the girls is one major issue that I am finding very difficult to handle primarily because I already tried everything I heard of to stop it. We all follow basic principles of obedience training, tried to keep him busy with distractions, various commands, using the line, giving him time out, reinforcing the positive behaviours and so on and so forth. While he is incredibly quick in picking up everything else, the biting of the children is one thing that I do not seem to be able to get under control. Please advice if you had similar issues and found something that did work and stopped the biting. I am familiar with the theories of BC herding the children. I really need advice on stopping this because it is very hard to have a dog that children constantly need to be away from. Thank you so much in advance. TP
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