Java

Wondering how I can stop being so bossy, dominant and bite-y when running alongside another dog?

6 months old. When running, focus on the other dog's neck area or legs, usually half jumping on her back.


Asked by Java on Feb 5th 2013 in Behavior & Training
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You know you have a kelpie mix, right? You know they are bossy, independent, strong willed dogs, right?
At 6 months this is play, but if you're worried, then step up training. You got this dog as a pup, so if you've been training consistently you should be able to redirect when this happens.
If you need to help her burn off energy, try to find a local herding club...she'll love it.


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Jackson Tan

Indeed this is just play and the sort of play I see all the time in young kelpies.

did you know that refine that sort if jumping play later to back sheep? They are the only herder breed to run across the backs of a mob .... true!

Anyway, this is going to be an extremely active dog and is going to need a lot from you in the way of exercise. Lots of running when they get older, some light walking now, and of course training, and guidance and correction from you if they're doing something you don't like.

So if pup is doing something too rambunctious say ah ah and remove for 3 mins to cool down, then reintroduce to the other dogs. Or if he's chewing something he shouldn't, say ah ah, remove him to a safe place (play pen works great) and give him a frozen knotted washcloth, frozen bone, chew or Kong to eat.)

Make sure pup is being supervised all the time, even if you need to leash him to you, and in his safe place when he's not. He's not being dominant right now, just needs training.


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