|Barked: Wed Jun 20, '12 10:42pm PST |
|I'm wondering if any of you can give me some ideas about socializing a ten month old pup. We live on a ten acre horse farm and we have not taken to new places much, but we take him on a lot of car rides. I know this was a bad thing to do to him and I want to try to fix that now. I'm planning to get him into obedience and dog sports when he is a bit more comfortable. He's been to the pet store once and he was a bit scared and uncomfortable.
I'm not sure what breed he is but we were told he is a border collie/Manchester terrier mix. He is very active and he will do pretty much anything to stay busy (for instance he's de-barking a tree out back). But, he's also very responsive and learns quick.
We know he needs more stimulation and we want to give him that. Any ideas would help. We live in a small town with only one pet store we can take a dog into, but we do have a fantastic training center about 30 minutes away we plan to attend.
I'm planning to get a clicker tomorrow because I want to build up a quick reward system. Dobby tries to herd my chickens in their pen and I'd like to learn more about how to teach him how to herd with commands. I'm a bit scared to just let them loose and see what he does with no kind of training at all, because of the chance of injury for one of them.
I know better than to get a pup and not socialize it right away. I have reasons, but none of them are good enough to forgive the fact that we neglected this.
He is a wonderful dog and we have little problem with him (other than the fact that he chews holes in all of our socks). He runs around the farm a lot and always comes when I call him. He's a very willing dog.
Another question is does anyone have any thoughts on his breeds?
I am going to add a picture of his litter mate who we met a couple months ago. Their were pups in the litter who were black and tan too. Dobby is 35 lbs, his sister was slightly shorter but a similar size. He has really long legs.
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Thanks for any help!