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  1. Hi , To DE , YES !,,,,,,it is getting better , still room for improvement , but i feel as if we are winning , even managed to get her off her lead for short recall training sessions , and that is going well too. So a bit of progress. To GL , Thanks for that link , I can relate to all of it . I do agree with the stress /anxiety angle , as looking back at her behaviour when we first got her , that's what it was all about . She has stopped humping now , and is getting a lot more relaxed around us , she even sleeps now in the same room as us in the evening . Initially she would not sleep unless we put her in an empty room ........and sadly it took us a few weeks to realise that . As others have said on here , it is a learning curve for us ad her. So we are getting there with her , she is more gentle now , and "asks" if she can sit beside me on the sofa for a cuddle , that behaviour has changed from charging across the room at us , at full pelt ,and launching herself at us from 5 feet away , with her front paws landing squarely on my chest , and end up with not so play mouthing. Things are getting better , and this site has been a God send.....so TY to you all .
  2. Thanks GL , will do that...great advise
  3. Hi, thanks again for replies and help to SSC...Thank you for advise re trainers . The leash , she is not frightened of the leash , only that is signifies a walk, that she does not seem too interested in, and like your BC walks with tucked tail, there and back ! I have a theory ( right or wrong ),that when she starts sniffing out other dog's pee , and wants to leave her own mark on it ,she MAY start to enjoy a walk....atm , she does all her business in the garden , as she has since we got her..Good idea about breaking up the walk , i will try that..TY to DE..Thanks for advise re cat , we are working on it , they do go in the garden together ,and the cat will lie on the bench asleep ( or pretending to be ),and the dog lie nearby, sometimes watching him , sometimes not , we just have to be aware and watch them , as when the cat goes up move , the dog is up in a flash following the cat.....has shown no aggression as yet...just as a said earlier,i just dont trust her atm . Also your advise re leash training ,turning round when pulling, i tried that yesterday...she looked very puzzled about it, but when i took her out again later , she was a lot better on the lead ,and no pulling , so i will continue with that training....seemed to work well. Thank You all
  4. Thank You Again...N Wales.....the humping was one of her favourite tacks , my hubby was loathe to put a log on , funny, but not funny !.....Yes ,that is sorted now , not sure if she just grew out of it , or it was the discipline ?......but no longer tries it. We have tried since day one with the cat and dog situ , and she will tolerate him now , but only in short bursts, the cat walks past her in the house and garden..with no trauma , but i dont really trust the dog with the cat, the herding instinct kicks in..it is something we are working on..the thing is,the cat is very much an outdoors type of cat , comes in for food ,and a quick afternoon nap,but since we got this pup, he is in and out like a yoyo !. My last dog loved the cat ( all cats )..and if the cat was getting chased or picked on by the neighbourhood cats , she would jump into action , chasing off the offenders ! She would actually jump over the "cats friends" ( the good guys ), to chase away the baddie !.......and the cat would hide behind her, if threatened ! So this new lively pup, is a bit of a bit of a mystery to the cat........anyway, thats just another problem to be sorted. Thank You for all your help and advise,much appreciated.
  5. Can i just add when i first posted my lead pulling problem,i felt i was pulling my hair out with frustration.....but talking to the informed ppl on here, has given me hope and put the problem into perspective , and given me the confidence to carry on with the training,,So Thank You All !
  6. Hi Again. Thanks for all the suggestions..... GL..Thanks for the "look at that game"......certainly going to try that. I have called her dominant , because from when we first got her she displayed signs of sexual dominance.....every time hubby bent down to put a log on the fire, she was up his back humping him ,and she used to try to trip me from behind and again attempt to hump......Thankfully we have put a stop to that...Thank You for all your suggestions. UTH...I use the praise "good girl"....also just to clarify,i don't sit for 4 hours , what i meant to say was i have sat for hours 10 mins here,10 mins there......adding up to hours + hours. And you are totally right, "take one thing at a time"..I have tried to do that also , i have sorted out her indoor behaviour,and now attempting the outdoor........you are right there. and the comment "train yourself,while training the dog", is very good advise.....TY Hopefully i will get this pulling machine in order----and calm with traffic ( TY GL ).......I have left getting along with the cat til last !!......As i think that may be the hardest hurdle. ( LOL ). Thank You for your time and patience and advise. I know i have the making of a very good dog here, she is very intelligent and clever ( and that may be half the problem ).....she is way ahead of us !
  7. To urge to herd,,Yes, i will try that,i will go back to the front clip harness,and persevere , I do praise praise all the time with her,when she does not pull.....and yes maybe i need to stay calm , as she pulls more and more , i do find i raise my voice more,probably out of sheer frustration........I will take all that on board. To beachdogz..not sure where to start with the nightmare behaviour,but i did realise early on,that it could be over stimulation,,so when she was driving us nuts,and we could not take it any longer,we put her in another room,with no toys,just her bed,and she went to sleep right away, and woke a lot calmer.......when she starts getting over-excited now, i only have to use the command "settle"....and she does ,so we have tackled that really well. Cars / Traffic , are another problem with her ,common with collies....she pancakes , and will usually lurch at them....we dont have a lot of traffic locally,but to reach a nice footpath,i do have to cross a road, That will unsettle her,and she starts pulling again ( there and back ). Locally ,there is a bench ,set back from the main road,and i have sat for hours on the bench with her,reassuring her all the time,when a car passes , i may have another try at that ? Again,thanks for all your advise, much appreciated.
  8. Hi, Thanks for the replies and interest........first to GentleLake , we are in Wales UK...we are not allowed to mix and mingle atm ,and not allowed to travel 5 miles from home , and i do agree we have a very lively pup ,who is and has been very challenging ! , and i think i may need to relax a little......my problem is she is a very big dominant girl.....i live in sheep / BC country , and at 5 months she was bigger than most of the adult BC's i met. If she stands on her hind legs against me, at 6 months her front paws are nearly up to my shoulders ( I am 5 ft 1 inch )........so a proper big girl. Most ppl locally who have watched her from being a pup,seem to think she is a cross......but she is 5th generation bred BC. Farm bred, saw her mum and dad.......dad was huge !......mum quite small,so i guess she takes after her dad. BUT , we have worked wonders with her in a short space of time......so hopefully i can get control of the pulling ???? To 2bc4me........i agree also with you,to stop trying different things....the reason,i have tried so any things is,she pulls like a train,a huge girl, not a waggy tail ,waggy bum pup.....the different methods i have tried ,works for a couple of weeks,and then she just puts her rear end into the mix,and off she goes again,trailing me behind......i must say the head collars don't work, as she just runs her nose along the floor,,,,,,,,,So i am so anxious that,if i struggle to control her at 6 months........i never will when she puts on more height/weight. I live in a beautiful part of the world , with lovely walks ect.,and i really want her to be part of that experience........i must add,even hubby has problems controlling her. She is so big,at 6 months she is taller ,broader,and stronger than your average adult BC.(about 21 inch at the shoulder---and long---and broad ) I guess, if i have got control of her indoors, outdoors will follow ?? Eventually ? Just to add,we have really worked wonders with her in a short space of time.....and she has gone from an uncontrollable dervish in the house, to an acceptable pet. my last dog was a BC/ GSD cross......and the one before pure BC...so i have a smattering of knowledge of the breed . TY all, for your interest Ty for your interest
  9. Hi, Thank you for reply.......as we are still in Lock-Down..it is impossible to see a trainer. I will look at the youtube you suggested.....and i will try the food reward tip , although as she is not fussed too much by food , I don't really hold out much hope for that. I do wonder if it all stems from not really wanting to go out for a walk ?..when i get the lead out she tries to hide...so maybe the excessive pulling is a case of " lets get there,and home again "? She certainly never wags ,while out . Barn bred pup,that for the first couple of months was a nightmare in every sense......But with patience ( a lot ).....we have got her to the stage where she is now quite relaxed indoors. It is just outdoors now ,that she is a maniac. TY
  10. Hi all.......sure it is a question that has been asked many times,but i have a 6 month old BC,pulls like a steam roller, and although i have been trying to train her to heel , since i get her at 10 weeks, she still drags me around,. I have lost confidence trying to take her for walks,as she has pulled the lead out of my hand a couple of times Have tried halti head collar,halti body harness,back clip harness,front clip harness......the sit wait heel ( make her stop and sit ) before continuing. What do i do ? Thanks in advance
  11. hello,can any one advise me?my 5 year old bc has ruptered her flexor tendons,on both front legs.she has been in plaster for 1 month,one cast is now off,but has not cured the tendon(other cast comes off next week).she is walking very flat on the castless leg,and my vet is undecided what to do.i would like to give nature a chance,and give my dog a month or so to see what progress she can make without major surgery.does anyone have any experience or advise on this subject??? :confused: :confused:
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