|Barked: Fri Mar 13, '09 5:58pm PST |
|Hey, We have a 17 month old border collie who's a little difficult to say the least!
He has always been hyperactive, (as expected with border collies!) but as a pup he was pretty much perfect, he went to toilet on his mat the first time we introduced him to it! But as he got older he started to go to toilet wherever he wanted to in the house (even after he'd been trained and responded to going outside), chewing on things, jumping up at people and pulling really really badly on his lead.
We eventually managed to control the chewing and as of very recently he has stopped going to toilet inside all together (that was HARD work but we got there ) but he is worse than ever on his lead (bunny hopping on his back legs and pulling to the point he cant breathe) and is still jumping at people when they come in the house.
The past few months Ollie has been a nightmare to take on walks, he barks and jumps at anyone he sees, dog or human, and its not even a little bark, its a full on scare the crap outta people bark, and to go with that he also jumps which obviously scares people further.
We are at the point where we cant take him out in public because of the way he is towards people and the way they react. We were recently taking him to the vets and he jumped at a guy who accused him of biting, there was definetely no bite involved, but we cant take the risk of him jumping at people and being reported for Ollie biting someone when he hasnt, or worse still if he actually does. He's not a vicious dog in the slightest, he rolls around on the floor with our 2 and 5 year old nephews and doesnt even raise an eyebrow to them pulling on his ears nevermind showing his teeth. He makes sure hes extra gentle when playing with his toys with the kids, which is why we really cant understand his behaviour when we take him out.
We were reading through training websites and its seems that alot of Ollies other behaviours such as harrassing us for fusses, pushing past us on the stairs etc, show that he thinks hes the dominant one in the household, so we are trying a training programme we found on the internet. It involves keeping him on a lead for two weeks, and him coming wherever we go, so we can regain the dominance and he learns this.
We're coming to the end of the two weeks and at first he was great, a completely different dog, he stopped barking and jumping at people, and when we had visitors to the house they commented on how well behaved he was (first time for everything lol). But the last few days hes been acting up again and it looks as though hes slipping back to his old ways.
Sorry about the long post, I'm just hoping someone can offer us some other advice as to how we can train him. Money's tight so finding a trainer isnt really possible as we wouldnt be able to pay for it. Sooo any advice anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance
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