Tess'sMom Posted November 24, 2009 Report Share Posted November 24, 2009 Hi All, By way of introduction...in May we had to put our dear 14 year old border collie, Blaze to sleep. She was a wonderful companion and family member. After about 2 weeks of stating unequivocally that I could never have another dog again in my life -- the pain was too hard to bear, I found myself on the phone with the original breeder asking if she was still breeding and low and behold in August we adopted Tess (at 7 weeks) who is the joy (and challenge ) of our lives! Of course, we were accustomed to having a 14 year old, well trained border collie. The Questions... House Training Tess is now 4 months old and she definitely gets the idea that she is supposed to do her business outside and she holds it all night and during the day in her crate. The problem is that at least one time/day she decides to urinate (a lake) somewhere in the house -- usually family room (wood) or front entryway (tile). This could happen 10 minutes after we had her outside and she urinated. When we catch her, we pick her up and take her out, clean it with Nature's Miracle and pray for an accident free day. Any suggestions? Leash Walking This has improved but she still pulls on the leash, more so when we walk than when I run with her. She also likes to walk/run with the leash in her mouth. as a matter of fact, she walks best, by my side, with the leash in her mouth. Should I continue to allow her to carry the end of the leash in her mouth? (That is the end closest to her collar)? I use the "leave it" command when she get overzealous with the leash in her mouth. We completed puppy kindergarten but will not be doing basic obedience until January. We haven't done the heel command yet. I don't want to reinforce bad habits. Car Herding When we walk on a leash and a car is coming in either direction she crouches down in her border collie crouch/stare and waits for the car to get closer and then basically as it comes by goes nutso. I have been trying the wait command, but am not sure that it is such a good idea to stop, when we are running and tell her wait. I do not want to train her to stop whenever a car comes by. Fortunately, we live on a quiet cul d sac, but I would like to break her of a car chasing habit before it has a chance to begin. Tricks Of course, she's remarkably smart and learns tricks very quickly. She can already sit, down, shake, high five, fetch and come (not always reliable). We are continuing to work on the sit stay and down stay and we are working on roll over. Am I asking too much of a 4 1/2 month old puppy? Thanks for your advice, Tess's Mom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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