FourO'clockRanch Posted January 12, 2009 Report Share Posted January 12, 2009 Hi! I'm new to the Boards--looks like you all are a friendly and helpful bunch! I have some questions about training our BC pup. (Actually she is 1/4 McNabb.) She is about 5-1/2 months old now. I have been training her to basic commands as outlined in the Living with Border Collies Online Pamphlet posted on this web sight. She has done really well--she learns fast and wants to please. But about six weeks ago she got kicked by our heifer and one of her front legs broke. Per the vet's orders, we have kept her inside most of the time and as quiet as possible. The splint is off now, and she is pretty well healed up. But recently, due to WAY too much pent up energy, and probably due to her particular age, too, we've been having some training problems. What do you do when the dog doesn't come when called? She does fine for the most part during our lessons, and I am working really hard with her on the recall on leash, but occasionally we need to call her when she's not on a leash, and then often she will ignore us or run away. I am never sure what to do when this happens. After reading a recent post, I tried the walking down, but it just turned into a slow chase instead of a fast one, with her waiting until the last moment to jump up and dash off. Another thing she has started doing is snatching my younger siblings' clothing, especially the nice dangly things like scarves. Gloves are another favorite. Then she won't let go. I DO NOT want her to do this. When she is excited like that, she will snap at my hands as well. (Not out of aggression, just excitement.) "NO" doesn't seem to work--I have been grabbing her muzzle and holding it shut for a couple seconds when she snatches at me, but that doesn't seem to make a whole lot of difference either. I think of it as unacceptable behavior. How do you go about physically punishing a dog? Rolled up newspaper? It seems to us that there should be some kind of severe punishment in these instances, that would only have to be administered once or twice before the dog would really get the picture. But we really don't want to harm her, of course, or make her mean, so thought we should ask some advice. I was also thinking maybe I should teach her the command Leave it. How do you teach that? Sadie is a wonderful little puppy, with a great disposition, and I have no doubt that there is a way to train out these behaviors. We just want to nip them in the bud before they become a big problem. Any suggestions? Oh yes, one other question: our recall command is "here." Is it confusing to use the command "heel" as well? (Do they sound too similar.) I know that she knows what "here" means, but I am not sure about "heel"--she heels fine in a building, like the shop or barn, but as soon as we're outside, she starts pulling even if I tell her to heel. Thanks, Annelise Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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