I am wondering if I can get some help with Lexie. When we go somewhere we crate the dogs in the garage. When we get back Lexie is barking like crazy as the car is pulling into the garage. It drives me nuts. Chloe just sits calmly and quietly in her crate watching us. When we get out Lexie spins in circles whining which also drives me nuts, again Chloe is sitting quietly and patiently waiting to be let out. It doesn't matter which dog I let out first, Lexie bursts out of the kennel, even if I make her wait, and tromps all over our feet and knocks everything over that is around her, we have shoes lined up along the side of the garage near the door and there is no reason for her to even go near there but she just flys all over the place scattering the shoes everywhere and sometimes even knocking over the bag of dog food leaning against the wall. She will even bump over bikes and and toys, it doesn't matter where the stuff is she bumps into it. I can't stand it!!! She lets out a high pitched bark every time too which annoys me. I have had two bcs, a Gordon Setter, dogs when I was a kid and Chloe and none of them have ever behaved this way. I am always annoyed with her and telling her to shut up and it just makes me want to not have anything to do with her. I have even had my husband and kids deal with taking care of her because she is always this way, even if she isn't crated. If she is in the house, she annoys me too. If I roll over in bed she is up and pacing the floor, Chloe just lays there. If I get up to go to the bathroom in the night Lexie will race ahead of me and zoom down the stairs. I am not even headed out of the bedroom, just going into the master bath. When I pet her she can't just lie still, she has to start wiggling all over the place. This is why I have always struggled to send her back to the breeder. She is three years old now I would have thought she would have mellowed out by now. Even my sister-in-law who owns an Aussie commented when she came to visit how hyper Lexie is compared to hers and wanted to know why, I said I have no clue. Lexie is a beautiful dog and I love her but she drives me insane!!! Can anybody help me?
I'd give her focus with more obediance. My GSD has an insane ball drive and we helped to mold him into bringing us toys and sitting and waiting. I'd direct her with more training basicly. Read up on hte Nothing in Life is Free program and work on ehr with that. She probably jsut eneds more direction, many herding dogs do, escaplly the hyper ones.
My GSD is from working lines (Dad is Schh3 and moms a bomb dog) so he is 100% 23 hours a day. We just directd it and hes fantastic becuase he knwos what to do all of the time.
She is fully obedience trained, I actually spent more time obedience training her than any of my other dogs and it doesn't help. I've obedience trained her to the point that I am sick of obedience training and I used to love it. I don't know. I did email her breeder last week and asked if she would buy her back, that this time I was certain of it and she said that now she doesn't have the funds to do it. She said she would take her back for free. I don't want to do that, I paid 1500 dollars for her! So, now I'm stuck!
My perspective is that some Aussies are like that (so are some Shelties). How might she fare in another setting? Could you look for an agility home for her? Or herding? She sounds like she is a drivey maniac; good for some things but sometimes hard to live with.
I have one that is not quite so bad but I understand- Hope spins in her crate when she knows she is about to be let out and has lots of prey-drive (just whisper, "squirrels, Hope, squirrels" and she goes bonkers). Her sire does herding and agility, so I know where it comes from.
Good luck- I know they can be hard to manage sometimes!
Well the money is spent already, I personalyl wouldn't look into recouping expenses, butt ahts me.
I mean direction more then training. Giving her tasks and jobs to do at various situations for her to focuse her energy on doing right. Not just the commands of obedance training. Basicly, what is her job?
it may be the best would be to give her back, you and the dog may both be happier. she may need a different kind of home. if obedience training is done i don't know what else to suggest, other than getting in to agility or flyball.
Her job is just to be a pet. That's what I want. I could get back to into agility again. It's a love hate relationship. I love her but I can't stand her. She is super smart, she will learn any trick you teach after the second or third attempt, so that's like in less than five minutes. I guess It's my fault because I hate the cold weather and I don't do anything when it's cold. I used to run with her and take her to the park in the summer. I know it's probably my fault. But the thing is, I like Chloe because Chloe is active enough to do all of those things, running, hiking, etc. but if I want to hybernate for the winter she is well-behaved enough to hold out and content enough to play with her toys in the house and chew on her bones until summer comes along. Chloe is perfect for me. Lexie is more of a challenge. Maybe I can get my husband to run regularly with Lexie when it's cold and see if that helps. I am going to start exercising her today and see if it helps. If it does, I think I'll be alright. If not, I may have to give her up for the best for both of us.
I'll lay out my GSD's "jobs" that he has given himself.
First to check on me. Second to check the doors. Third to check the other dogs. (a quick check back to make sure I have not left) Fourth to count the cats. I immedatly know when he can not find a cat and he hunts it down. When we get home, he gets a toy and comes and greets us. Then he goes and ushers all the other dogs outside, makes sure he knows where the humans are, and he goes outside. He does a premimiter check of the yard, makes sure the other dogs are beahving, and in genearl enjyos himself.
OH, that reminds me. Lexie is my watch dog, I feel very safe with her. That's another reason I hate to send her back because I feel so safe with her. Maybe I could make her job to check the doors too like your dog does. What else could I do?
***Edited By: Ln on 2/18/2005 12:33:34 PM*** Reason: fg
It sounds to me like you are at such a frustrated point that you do need to seriously consider a new home for Lexie. She is obviously not a good fit in your household. As she has 10 AKC points, in addition to obedience training and intelligence, she would probably make a great dual-ring dog for someone that wanted one. Or you might try to find a Junior handler that is also interested in agility? There are lots of possibilities out there.
It sounds to me that lassie has some seperation anxiety. Some dogs never grow out of that behavior. You might want to try bringing her to play dates rather than keeping her crated. The interaction with other dogs could be good for her, and might allow her to work out some energy.
It sounds like she is very, very excited to see you and be with you. My dogs go crazy when I let them out of their crates too. They start barking and yelping as soon as they hear the car door shut. They are in the house and can hear me pull up. I let them outside right away and they run around and get rid of alot of energy first.
Well, I think maybe a dog park would be best for her every once in a while. I remember my siberian husky LOVED the dog park and afterwards when we're done(about1-2hours) she is practicly tired the rest of the day and happy.
it's not your fault, Ln, it's just facts. you wouldn't deliberately choose a dog that wouldn't work out, and unfortunately sometimes it just doesn't. if my shelter dog was a full BC instead of a mix i doubt i could live with her. it's a sad decision, and unfortunately i don't have suggestions.