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Border Collie Disobedience Problems

Border Collie Disobedience Problems

The first thing you need to understand about Border Collie disobedience problems is that they don’t come on overnight. It takes time for bad behavior to form and the sooner you catch it, the easier it will be to deal with.

Don’t worry though, if your Border Collie  had enough time to form the disobedience into habits, all hope is not lost. There still are things that you can do to improve your Border Collies obedience problems. If you want to learn more about the breeds behavior, training and care then I highly suggest you check out the Border Collie Owners Guide.

> Learn the Best Methods to Cure Border Collie Disobedience Problems

Keep the dog motivated with praise, no matter if it’s cuddling, a treat or a game, just keep him entertained and praise him whenever he does something good, other than being angry and yelling at him. A cheerful, positive voice is always guaranteed to be more successful than an angry call!

Common Disobedience Problems

Here is a list of disobedience problems you might come across with your dog:

  • Destructive chewing (link)
  • Puppy Biting (link)
  • Going Potty indoors (link)
  • Leash pulling (link)
  • General disobedience (link)

A lot of puppy owners start having disobedience problems with their Border Collie puppies once the puppy reaches puberty. Might sound funny, but yes, just as kids, dogs can get very disobedient when they come to a certain age.

You can’t compete with your dog when it comes to speed so you will have to use other skills.

When they become adolescents then will not be bothered or impressed by your angry raised voice or your attitude. You have to remember not to try to catch him because you already know you won’t succeed this will only enforce him and give him the feeling his undermining your authority is successful.

Border Collies Need Positive Reinforcement

Do not yell or chase after him, instead, make him used to the fact that when you call up to him cheerfully, something good for him will happen if he actually comes. You should know your dog’s favorite treat or source of joy (this could be his favorite snack, game, anything he loves), and use it as a reward.

Punishing your dog for not following your commands will most likely only confuse your dog and keep him wondering why you are so mean. The goal is not to achieve fear through punishment, but love and respect from your dog so he actually wants to obey and listen to you.

Remember, paying attention to your dog, being positive instead of negative, being an active owner who actually does exercise with the dog and doesn’t neglect it’s need to run and play, and generally taking care of your Border Collie the way it should be taken care of, will get you an obedient and smart dog. If you can’t provide all this for him, you will have a lot of trouble due to their natural active and curious nature.

If you own a Border Collie, I highly suggest you check out the Border Collie Owners Guide. It will show you exactly what you need to do for a happy, healthy and obedient dog that you can be proud of. Learn more..

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6 Responses to “Border Collie Disobedience Problems”

  1. Elaine says:

    Murphy is really good indoors and listens to what I say except when people come in. Then he pushes himself against them till they stoke him and if they stop stroking him he keeps nudging them. He sometimes does this to me too if he feels I am ignoring him.
    When I take him for walks, he used to pull untill I got him a canny collar from the vets. He walks really well with it untill he sees another dog and then he goes mad. When he is off his lead, he is much better with other dogs and just goes up to them and snifs them but, if they start to bark at him, he goes mad and will not come back to me no matter how much I call him.
    in the main, he is a really good dog. He has learned to sit on command at the kerb and wait untill told to cross. When we are returning from a walk, he can be left off the lead and stay with me unless he sees another dog and then he is gone.
    I got Murphy 4 months ago from a family that no longer wanted him because they have now got a new foundland dog that is a year old and bullies Murphy. Murphy was muzzled when they got the new puppy and then sent upstairs and left in a bedroom 24/7. When I stayed to look after Murphy while they went on holiday, I walked him 3 times a day and he never left my side. When tey got back from their holiday, they told me to take him home with me as they didn’t want him any more. I have never had a dog before and I work 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening 5 days a week. Is this fair to Murphy? He seems very happy living with me but I feel guilty leaving him so often. I love him to bits and he clearly loves me. Would like to no if you have any advice for me.

    • Pendye says:

      Border Collies herd. They herd anything. Sounds like your puppy is trinyg to herd the older dog. That will last until the old guy gets mad, whereupon he will trounce the puppy.It is your job to protect them from each other. Don’t tolerate the puppy’s misbehavior; he’ll do it to children and adults if you let him get away with it.Rather than just punish him all the time, find a way to tire him out. Obedience school is an absolute must. While there, ask around and see if there’s any herding classes available. Failing that, enter him in agility and teach him to catch frisbees.Good luck!

  2. Aimee Hudson says:

    I have a 6 month male border collie who I have had since 7 weeks. He has always been a handful since the day we bought him home. He has daily walks but his behaviour is just getting worse and worse. He simply just does not listen to anything we say. He jumps all over the furniture, barks constantly and has started to bite us if we try and pull him off the sofa by his collar. I love him so much and certainly do not want to get rid of him but I really need help. I find it very embarrassing if anyone wants to come over as he just jumps all over them, I actually have stopped inviting people over. I have tried to follow all the advice but it does not work.
    I have 2 small children who get pushed around by him as he just barges his way through doorways, he is never agressive towards the children which is brilliant.
    If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it.

    • Karen Leonard says:

      I have the same problem with Maggie. She is such a loveable dog with me and my husband, but the grandkids are afraid of her because she jumps up on them and they don’t know what to think. She gets so excited when anyone comes to our house, she jumps, runs, and pees in the floor. She isn’t mean, she is just a puppy who wants everyone to love her.

  3. Graeme says:

    To all comments above, remember that the one final trump-card which you have is that you feed the dog! They do not get food from anywhere else. If you wait to train the dog just before they are fed and use their actual food as a treat, pellet-by-pellet you will be surprised at how their obedience and attentiveness improves/strengthens. Never withhold food from your dog or abuse the privilege that it is you that determines if they eat at all, but you can use that to your advantage. Only ever feed you dog at regular times. If you are taking your dog outside or for a walk, do it just before meal time, but take some of the food with. I guarantee you that you will get a predictable response from a hungry dog if it is you that is carrying the food. The “come” or “here” command goes from 10% shady to 100% reliable on the first outing. Just make sure you give your dog a pellet or two as you arrive at your destination just to let them know that you have what they want and more importantly, what they need. Hope it helps. Works like a charm with our dog. Recall is 150% solid, no matter how distracted she is.

  4. Nicola Spindley says:

    Hi my Border collie was a stray he is 3 year old and when we first got him he would sit down in the command word ready to pounch at traffic lucky for us there is a mazzive field just up the road from us and he loves to catch ball.We took him to the vets in the car and he kept nipping the car windowns to get to the traffic is there any way i could settle him to sit in the car any advice would be gratfull.

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