|Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 12:08pm PST |
|First off, CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to Dogster
Ruffie is adorable!!!
I'm sure you'll soon learn that all us Border Collie owners are crazy We have to be lol...
As for growling at the kids. It will most probably be a play growl. If you want to eliminate it, teach your kids to cross there arms, turn their backs and walk away from the puppy when it growls.... Ignoring a puppy is a great way to eliminate unwanted behaviour because being ignored, to a puppy, is the worst thing ever! It works a treat
Also, keep tabs on the play biting and work to get rid of it... When I first rescued Dexter, his old owners had never taught him not to play bite and as he got older, the play bite turned into the infamous 'collie nip'... Not fun to try to train out of him.
In the house, keep puppy motivated... Play hide and seek with treats, train basic commands, work on manners and just play lots of games, these tire a puppy out like you would not believe as it is learning, playing and expelling energy all at the same time
Good luck and keep us posted as Ruffie grows
You're already on the right track to becoming a great Border Collie owner by tacking him to training classes... I can never stress enough to herding breed owners, the importance of socialising and training a herder puppy
Edited by author Wed Feb 27, '13 12:09pm PST
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