Cowhorse Lady Posted January 22, 2009 Report Share Posted January 22, 2009 Help! My roommate brought a puppy home that was being auctioned off at a livestock equipment auction. The owner (an old farmer) said if they didn't sell, he would bash it's head in on a tree. So my roommate bought one of three pups. And the care has fallen onto me for an 8 or 10 wk old male border collie puppy. His name is Jake and he is gorgeous and, of course, cute, but I am worn out after only 2 days. He weighs 11 lbs. and now has his puppy shots. At first, I kept him in the house mostly, and in a crate at night. The first night I had to take him outside 3 times and didn't get much sleep. But, the last 2 nights, Jake has been great. I put him in the crate when I go to bed and he just lies down or plays for maybe 10 - 15 minutes and goes to sleep all night long. Then I take him out to go potty, bring him back in, feed him, and let him play. But he is a terror when he is awake. I can't take my eyes off him for a minute. He has lots of toys, bones, towel, bed, etc. in the family room. And, in the morning and evenings, I sit on the couch watching him. He is learning "no" real fast, and he knows "come". He doesn't sleep much so when he is awake he is a holy terror. Running, jumping, biting, barking, growling, chewing, you name it he does it. Also, you can't hold him because he is so hyper. He will be still for a minute, then starts wildly squirming, biting, whining, and growling to get down. He is a very happy guy and gets so excited to see me when he has been outside or I call him to come to me, and sticks to my side (feet) when we are out for chores or walks or anywhere I go, so he isn't a mean, aggressive dog, just hyper. And he has a puppy temper (?). If he doesn't like being not allowed to do something, after I have told him no several times (ex: biting. I say no, he stops, then tries it again, I say no, he stops, then he attempts to do it again, but knows not to) he gets really angry and starts growling and barking at me. I have a home business and a ranch that I run all by myself. So, I can't sit and supervise him for hours. So what do you do with a puppy like that? I have never used crates before because my other dogs stay outside. I keep a clean house, so Jake cannot just run around and ofcourse it would not be safe. The crate I'm using in the bedroom at night is very big and heavy. I have a small wire crate plenty big enough for him that I could move around the house from family room to office, but is that necessary? Or should he just stay in one room (family room) when he is in the house during the day, and I go ahead and go wherever I need to go (in the house) without him? I feel so bad locking him in a crate during the day, like a little prison, but don't know what else to do. How long can he be in a crate, especially since he is so hyper active? My roommate says why don't you just lock him up in a stall. (nice guy, huh). Also, is this puppy temper somewhat normal? I have had lots of dogs in my 59 years, but nothing like this one as a puppy. Please help me with my "wild puppy". Thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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