Shandula Posted April 5, 2018 Report Share Posted April 5, 2018 We officially brought home our new Border Collie puppy, Logan, this past weekend! She is 10 weeks old and pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. She is not my first herder or BC (I have a 4 year old Aussie and a 3 year old BC), but I did things right this time and so she is my first BC from working parents! While I'm so far pretty enamored with her, I have a few questions that hopefully people who have these higher intensity dogs can tell me if it is common or if I have a problem. 1. Barking. My previous BC barked a little as a puppy, but as an adult is basically mute. However, little Logan enjoys barking at most things. My other two dogs if they are running, if she wants them to play with her, or me if she believes I'm moving too fast. Is this just some over-arousal happening? And if so, what is the best way to fade that? I am not a fan of barking dogs... 2. Reaction to people and dogs. She has growled at a couple of dogs she has seen, and launched into a full scale bark-fest. Not sure if we are in a fear period or if we are seeing some early reactivity. Interestingly enough (because people keep approaching my poor barking puppy) she is always very happy to say hello to people when they come, then happy to disengage and bite a stick or dig. 3. Zero to 1,000 in 2.5 seconds. So I'm used to puppy craziness, but she goes from zero to trying to bite me in the face in a hurry, haha. Like if I pet her too long, or if we've been playing with a toy too intensely, she's all teeth and barking. So we try to keep things super chill, but sometimes she's crazy regardless. I just don't want to mess her up. My other two are great dogs, easy to live with, my BC is a great agility partner, and truthfully maybe they were also insane as puppies and I just don't remember? Thanks everyone, sorry about the rambling nervousness. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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