Zabbitz Posted August 20, 2007 Report Share Posted August 20, 2007 Howdi Everyone, Firstly, I'd like to introduce myself. Thirty something, home owner, and proud owner of little miss Molli. That picture was taken at about 6 weeks old, she's now 10 weeks. I got a border collie after about a year of getting to know the mother, and also learning about the BC breed. Molli is a great fit with me, as I'm a hi-energy person myself, and I have a great love of dogs in general (especially intelligent ones). Right now, Molli is quite enjoying our 2 hikes a day on a local trail (known as the bruce-trail for any that might be Ontario residents) and I'm hoping to eventually get her comfortable running along side of me while mountain-biking....but we'll cross that bridge sometime in the future. Something else you should probably know about me is that I'm a psychology buff and have had a little introduction to NILIF and fully intend to do more research on it, and implement it to its full extent (starting this evening), as I've seen a couple of behavioral issues in recent days with Molli that I would assume are from lack of consistency on my part, which is what I'd like to inquire about. Ok, firstly biting / nipping. In the past 5-6 days, she's been escalating the biting, and it came to a point last night where I know I needed to look for help. We had a busy day, hiking and a 45 min car-ride to visit my parents for dinner where she got lots of attention and playtime as 'the new puppy'. When we got home, it was again playtime, so I played fetch with her a bit on the couch (~30 min) and when I thought the little one was beginning to tire, she paw'd the couch to come up (for what I thought were snuggles) and it turns out, there was still some left over biting/chewing to be done. She layed down beside me and proceeded to softly bite at my hand, arm and shirt. I tried to ignore this as much as I could, while giving a soft yet firm "NO's" where I thought appropriate. Eventually she got met with a pretty strong bite to the chest. I responded by biting her ear until I heard a little yelp, and then gave her a very strong "NOOoooo Bitingggg!". After escalating the nipping little by little, she started essentially whipping her head around, and caught me in the cheek with a bite, which I promptly responded to by biting her neck skruff quite firmly, and giving a firm shake. I then picked her up, held her with 1 hand under front paws, and another under tail/bum, faced her toward me and gave her another firm "NO" and was met with exposed teeth. At this point, I had to put her down, and shoo her away because of how angry I was. Am I portraying myself as an equal to her? and is this confusing/stressing her? is this why she keeps escalating the biting/nipping and testing me more and more? The second question I have relates to leashing / walking. I live on a somewhat busy street between a highschool and an elementary school, and as such, I tend to put her on a leash for the start of our walks. At first, she is VERY reluctant to walk forward down the street away from our house. She turns and faces back, trys to stall with every object/leaf/twig imaginable, and when I force her forward, she obviously has a problem with that, and essentially lays down. I can get her to move forward if I crouch down and whistle her to me from the leash length, but as soon as she gets to me, I stand up and try and continue walking which has mixed effects. Now. Our walking looks like this. We walk the length of one block, and then turn right (where there is no sidewalk, yet properties are set way back) and proceed slightly down that street (which leads to our forest paths)where I let her off the leash, and rely on holding her attention using whistles, running and voice tones to keep her close to me. She responds very well to this, and seems to VERY much hate the leash altogether. I as well hate the leash...but again, am I confusing her, is this the rebellious/reluctant behaviour I'm seeing in the initial (leashed) block? Am I confusing her by taking the leash off her for the hike (at this age/stage)? (also another note, hiking seems like work to her, as she never goes more then 4' from me, and has yet to pee/poo while on a hike, which max at about 45 min). Thanks in advance to any guidance that you can provide, Zab Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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