|Barked: Fri May 2, '08 6:18pm PST |
Sushi, your reasons for returning Clover to the shelter were, as you said:
"She whined alot, scratched at walls, doors, everything, jumped up, licked everything, chewed everything.
I decided to get a rescued adult. But I decide now to get a puppy, rescue or not. Because I have a hand in early training out of some or most or all of these things.
I know border collies are spastic, but I'm planning on doing agility..."
It sounds like Clover was being a typical, young, energetic border collie. It also sounds like you know they tend to be "spastic". These are behaviors that could have been resolved fairly easily through training - puppies and older dogs both need to be trained - and trust me, the saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is SO wrong - all my fosters were very trainable, despite being older, recently neutered, abused, neglected, and a notoriously "difficult" breed.
But, you and your boyfriend decided her behaviors was not something you wanted to deal with - and trust me, the issues you lists - whining, chewing, scratching, etc - those are not "rescue dog issues", those are pretty much par for the course with any puppy, and in particular any puppy with with a very strong drive and a need for a TON of exercise. Will you be able to handle the same things with a puppy? They all do these things, and some are harder than others to train.
I am just worried because you have returned two dogs now. It sounds like you have a lot of work you need to address with Sushi's fear issues. I would work on those, and really get him to a confident state, before attempting to bring home another dog.
Lastly, border collies are not the only dogs that can do agility - just keep that in mind!
I know this might not be exactly what you want to hear, but I just gently suggest you be very honest with yourselves about what you are and are not willing to deal with at this point in your lives with another dog. I always had to give my foster dogs at LEAST 2 weeks before I felt ok with them - that first week or two was always awful, and I kept having to tell myself, "It does get better! It does get better!" Expecting a dog to be a perfect fit right away is asking alot - both of the dog, and of your family.
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