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izzysMama
12/7/2009 7:24:33 PM
Posts: 4
Hello Again - you have no idea how nice it is to have all of you as a resource.

So, 9 week old lab/Border Collie female. We have had her 3 weeks. She is begin to charge us when we are playing fetch and jumping at us and snapping. He tail is wagging, so it is play, but I am not sure how to correct this behavior when she launches herself. Do I pin her down until she submits?

She also had a bone in her crate, a special treat, and when I approached her she growled. I called her out of the crate and when she got close I lead her out by the collar and she then sat on command.

Again, I'm at a loss. My last dog was dominant - due to my lack of information and discipline - and I am determined to raise a happy healthy dog that fits in well.
AnkhuIGs
12/8/2009 5:41:07 PM
Posts: 1904
Biggest problem you are going to have....is she came home way way way way way way way too young. Puppies really NEED to be with mom until a minimum of 8 weeks of age, but 12 weeks is preferred.

Your puppy has no one to teach her doggie rules and manners.

Things to remember...THIS IS A BABY...you cannot expect her to behave like an adult yet. She is learning and exploring.

You also need to read up on the characteristics of Labs and Border Collies and HOPE....she is not more on the Border Collie side of temperament ...or you will have ALOT of work ahead of you. BC are very very busy dogs that need alot of jobs to do to keep them out of trouble.
Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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kendellwaltz
12/9/2009 5:23:15 AM
Posts: 409
If I have a dog/puppy who thinks they can guard their food/toys/bones I start feeding by hand. Everything comes from me, one piece at a time. I drop in a couple pieces of food and keep my hand close to the food dish, as the dog eats I put in more pieces, then when the dish has a little food in it I take it away for a minute. This is a relatively easy way to work out food guarding.

You can trade her for the bone you want. Offer her a tiny training cookie, when she comes to you for the cookie, big praise for coming, and give her the treat while taking the bone.
Joe Black
12/23/2009 5:53:56 PM
Posts: 2
I have raised and lived with german shepherds all my life so I know when a dog has become the leader of the pack. Puppy or not, you have to take charge and you will see a much calmer, happier puppy as a result. Start with basic training immediately. That type of dog/puppy needs a job. They are smart. Make him think by teaching him simple commands. Offer rewards for small accomplishments.
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