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  1. Hello everyone, I have been reading through some of these boards and feel that my situation may also benefit from this discussion! We have a lovely purebred 8 month old male border collie pup, who was bred by a lovely professional breeder who has multiple very well behaved, champion agility dogs, one of which was his mother. We picked him up the day before lockdown in our country. That was completely okay, but during lockdown socialisation in this essential period was obviously difficult. However, we did a lot of research and read up on the best ways we could socialise him to the best of our abilities, and took him to online 'puppy school' where he already started learning basics. We would put him an open front facing backpack to walk him around the streets during lockdown so he could see people, dogs, cars, etc, from a distance and hear new sounds and experience new smells as we have done a lot of research and know the time period where COVID-19 derailed his socialisation was the main time in which he needed to be learning and taking in new things. He is an incredibly smart, eager to please, and gentle, all round calm dog who is almost always an absolute pleasure to have as he is so obedient and loving, however there have been a few rare times where he acts out. He is a very generally submissive and anxious dog, but with training and heaps of socialisation as soon as that could be allowed he really has come out of his shell. He at first did not even want to leave the house, but now bounds to the door when he hears walk and has countless doggy friends and border collie friends that he regularly plays an exercises with, with whom he never ever becomes at all aggressive. He is fearful at times, which we think may be to do with just the unfortunate timing of lockdown in general. During his smaller puppy months, he was also not at all aggressive and very gentle. He did not seem to nip any more than the normal amount of a teething puppy, but we still has no tolerance for nipping from as soon as he arrived, yelping like a pup, standing up and ignoring him if he so much as nipped, saying stern nos, removing toys etc, and always rewarding him once he sat or lay down for us and would be calm again and obedient. We have also from a young age tried to make sure that we are assertive pack leaders and that he knows he is not above us in the hierachy of the household, like making him wait to let us walk through doors before him and making him wait for his food, or pretending to eat it ourselves if he was not being obedient, yet he almost always is. We trained him with as many people in different situations as we could, and bringing people round to see him as soon as that was allowed. He is a pleasure and so calm, and we love him dearly. Yet recently he has continued nipping occasionally and almost always with us we tell him off straight away and try to have zero tolerance, and by this point he easily knows he cannot do it or bite, and whenever we tell him off he will immediately sit down and offer his paw to us, lie down and look at us to tell us he is sorry, yet we only accept this when we are sure he knows that he has done wrong. He is still on the shy side with most new people but he will warm up to them relatively quickly with treats and the right approach, after which he will be very sociable and kind, eager to please and cuddle with others. We took him to the vet for an unrelated and common problem recently, and knew he would be apprehensive and anxious to go to this new place as he had only been previously when he was much younger for his vaccinations. He immediately began to be problematic and nippy towards us and the vets, becoming very distressed although the vet was patient and approached him of course gently. He was too distressed to be touched and was biting out of fear rather than aggression, but we had to reschedule the appointment and come back another time as he was too upset for the vet to gain much leeway. This was the worst I had ever seen him behave and the first time I had seen him really seem so aggressive even from a point of fear. He was very sad on the way home and for the remainder of the day knowing that he had upset us and done wrong, which was hard to see as we know he always apologises but in future vet visits this cannot continue. This is difficult as he has no other issues that wouldn’t be expected from a male dog of his age who is still growing and learning, and other than this experience we have never had trouble or ever have to worry about him hurting anyone as he is such a joy and such a good dog whom everyone we know loves. We have tried so hard and continue to with his socialisation and have been doing everything we can. He has passed multiple grades of puppy school with flying colours. What more can we do to stop him acting this way in situations where he is anxious? When conditioning him to something we are always careful to create positive associations and not push him too far, but with this vet situation taking him home straight away couldn't be an option, and he cannot pick and choose when he will allow something to happen to him, he must allow it to whether he likes it or not, but we want to help him along this path in an always positive and rewarding way. Is there anything more we can do? Everyone on this site seems very kind and very knowledgable about dear border collies. Could it be to do with the fear and lack of socialisation in lockdown and the earlier separation from his siblings, or also maybe to do with the changes in hormones he is experiencing at this age as a male pup? Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you so much :)
  2. Help Please, New Puppy, female 9 weeks old. AMAZING dog! So far she has easily learned sit, down, to lay down... and a fun game... go to your bed! She runs and hops in her bed! All accomplished with treats... positive reward.....however, I can not seem to get her to understand grabbing legs, pant legs, feet, hands, clothing.... is a no no... I have tried shaking an aspirin bottle, with a NO... it seems to stop her for a brief minute... however, seems now to be less and less effective. We also are having a lot of trouble on leash, how do I get her to stop grabbing the leash? snap on leash... etc? Most puppy classes want puppy to be 10 weeks... she is 9 now. I am open to attending, want to be sure they also work on positive note. Snickers was a rescue, and we appreciate all input and advice. Thank You
  3. I have a 4 month old female BC puppy. I take her to doggy daycare 2 days a week and she loves it. The place is divided between small and big dogs. Since she's a puppy, she was in the small dog area. They told me yesterday that she's been nipping the heels of the small poodles and they can't handle it so they moved her to the big dog area to see how she did. They said she's super confident with them and had a great time but is still nipping. They're main concern is her nipping a bigger dog and it corrects her too harshly and ruins her confidence of big dogs. She doesn't nip my ankles but I also don't run around creating the opportunity for her to do so. She does nip my boyfriends ankles when he's just walking normally. How do I correct this if she doesn't really do it to me?
  4. I have a BC (rescue) and a Wire Haired Pointing Griffon (also a Beagle, but she is not an issue whatsoever). My BC has a very strong (but very sweet) personality. That said, there are times when he lowers his body position and looks "intense" and then nips the hind end/leg of the Griffon. Of course, this rarely ends well. We have had many a fight in our house (mostly with only pinched skin, occasionally battle scars, but always sounding horrible!) and I want it to stop. I've started researching intensely and found some very useful information, and I determined that I need to start at square ONE with the BC in obedience training. I have no idea of his history before I got him except that he did know tricks (shake, down, sit, etc). He's very bull headed, but trainable. Some tricks take literally minutes to learn. But keeping him out of the kitchen is impossible. So, that said, I've begun positive reinforcement training for BOTH dogs. Treating them equally to show each one that it's a level playing field. This seems to wear them out mentally, which helps a lot! But I still have a long road ahead. So, the top two issues are: 1. Unwanted nipping by the BC at the Griffon (it's NEVER at anyone/thing else) 2. Charging the front door when people come/doorbell rings (this is a small space where fights are likely) I have contacted a trainer that specialized in herding dogs (she has BCs and Aussies). She is going to do an in home consult to begin with. Suggestions are appreciated...thank you! Amy
  5. Hi everyone, I'm happy to have found this site! I hope it's okay to talk about Border Collie crosses. I have a 1.5 year old female Border Collie/Aussie cross named Jet. We have had her for about 4 months now, her previous owner wasn't able to keep her and we adopted her from them. She is a wonderful, smart girl. Very submissive and sensitive to any reprimands. I have taken her to basic obedience and she is very good with come, sit, down and leave it...EXCEPT when my 10 yo twin boys come running thru the house and she goes into full herding mode. She jumps at them and does air bites clacking her teeth near them. She never bites just does this air jump and snap. If we say no firmly, she seems to get very upset and cowers, but then leaps back up and gets even more jumpy. I have found that redirecting her as soon as I see her start to think about going after them helps..."where's your bone, or lets get a snack" but I need some ideas on some better solutions. We also have horses and she really goes after them as well, she is very good at coming back to me when I say "leave it" or "no ponies" but as soon as she comes to me she turns around and goes after them again. Any suggestions?
  6. This Is probably a common age old problem by now regarding my 3 month old pup jack who keeps mouthing/nipping most of the time it seems to be in play but now and again say if i remove him from the couch or try to groom him with a brush he nips at my hands and snaps in the air in a rebelious way i know this is natural for pups but it seems to be getting worse with the nipping. I've read a few articles and the consensus seems to be with time outs stop play method but we have tried this now for over month and it hasn't stopped or even reduced his actions we have also tried yelping and growling noise's as a response to his actions but i think he just see's this as play as he continue's even more so. Jack is very clever and learns very quick he learns tricks on command with a reward basis in only a couple of lessons using a clicker but he seems stubborn with the mouthing sometimes it appears that he knows what he is doing is wrong but still continues this behaviour is worst in the afternoon we call it the mad hour and can only seem to confine him to his crate for his saftety as there is no stoping him as his darts around the house banging in to things. On one occasion i tapped his nose and shouted no in reaction to a harsh nip that broke my skin he looked startled then licked my hand i praised him for that and for that evening he didn't nip again i'am also worried for my 6 year old son as he nips and snaps in play i stopped my son from playing with him in the mean time until this stops Ive even taken him out on long walks and plays before the mad hour but still bounces back full of energy when we are back.
  7. Hello fellow dog people! I am new to the boards and to border collies - last weekend I brought home Laika, who is 8 weeks old and an adorable ball of energy! I've wanted a BC for a long time, but until a few months ago I was a full-time college student and didn't think I should get such a high maintenance pet with so many constraints on my time. But I graduated (hooray!), and could finally get a BC puppy (SUPER HOORAY!) I feel like even after all the reading I've done over the past years I am STILL amazed and a bit overwhelmed by how smart and energetic the breed is, particularly since she's such a wee pup! She seems to want nothing more than to bite every surface in mine and my boyfriend's place when she's not trying to herd us around. So, this post is an APB asking for any helpful tricks and tips y'all have accumulated in your time dealing with BCs. Any advice is welcome, in particular how to stop nipping/biting, since Laika will often get into what Adam and I refer to as "herding frenzy" and become difficult or impossible to focus, while she launches herself around our ankles crazily, snapping and biting anything that comes close to her, even if we yelp and act hurt. Is this normal for BC puppies? Will she grow out of it/learn to channel her energy and listen to us as she gets older, or does anyone have suggestions of things I should be doing so she knows that we are not sheep/cattle? I'm really worried that she is not getting enough of an exercise outlet, but whenever I try to play with her it just riles her into "herding frenzy" and I can't calm her down. I don't know if I'm expecting too much of her (since she is still a baby, and adjusting to her new home/family), but I also feel like I should try my best to gently nip this habit in the bud, if possible. I'm a mountaineer, and I can't wait until she's big enough to take climbing/hiking/backpacking, but until then I'd just like to be able to tire her out without sacrificing my fingers and toes Anyway, I'm a newbie at this but I want to mold the healthiest, happiest, least-bitey dog I can, and this seems to be the place to ask for pointers. Thanks in advance for your help!
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