Dreamflite Posted January 15, 2009 Report Share Posted January 15, 2009 Hi, This is my first post here after much lurking! I adopted a now 2yo Border Collie/Australia Shepherd mix named Maggie about a year ago, and wasn't really prepared to handle a BC or a BC cross. I've made some mistakes, but I'm trying to fix them and get things straightened out with Mags. She's got a couple of behavior issues I'd like to solve, and a friend of mine (Aerie) suggested I ask you guys. The main issue is fence jumping and constant barking. To try and curb these behaviors, I've brought her in the house with my parents permission (I'm 18, but still living at home so what they say goes!), but I've traded barking and fence jumping for another problem! Maggie is very very hesitant to walk on our laminate wood floors. They cover the kitchen and dining room and she has to cross them to get anywhere in the house. I noticed this problem over the summer, too. We were at the park and she wouldn't walk on the slick cement basket ball court or on the slick cement floor of the shelter house. She is fine on asphalt and streets/driveways. I'm guessing that she goes too fast and starts slipping and it scares her. I'd like to get her over this fear, because my mom isn't happy with long runner type rugs strung through the whole house. I've tried coaxing her, offering treats, and dragging (not the best idea...that set me back a bit) but nothing works very well. After she has been in the house for a few days she gets better about it, but still gets scared. If the rugs are spaced farther apart than her comfort zone allows, she hunkers down on one of them and gets all geared up to jump across before she just tiptoes to the next rug, lol. If we don't have the rugs set out, she stays stranded in one room or on whatever carpeted surface she can find. Any way I can help her conquer her fear and ditch the rugs for good? Any tips for fixing our fence jumping issues (besides fixing the fence...that needs to be done, but can't be tackled until things warm up) would be appreciated. Also, any good ideas for inexpensive toys to keep her occupied? I work during the day and need to keep her out from under everyones feet. Can I designate and area or a room and have it be her 'space', kind of like a crate? I have a crate for her, but it's really big and our house is on the smaller side. Thanks so much, I'm looking forward to any help I can get! Anna Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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