have a two year old cattle dog/ sheperd mix. This dog is as smart as any dog i have ever seen. My problem is that he is sneaky. I leave him alone for any period of time he will get in the trash or steal food from the kitchen. I have busted him in the act many, many times and disiplined him for it. I have set traps for him as well. It is almost like he reasons it out and thinks "ok it is worth getting in trouble to get a bite of human food." Second problem: My dog always sleeps next to my side of the bed. In the middle of the night my four year old son like to wonder up stairs and snuggle in with his mother. When my son gets up my dog gets out of my room and without fail takes a dump in my sons room. If my son doesn't wake up and let the dog out there is no problem. Now I am not sure why this is going on. Every night right before I go to sleep I take the dog out for 15 min. to 30 min. Third problem: This dog is very aggressive towards stranges. He will attack strangers heels. It got to the point along time ago were he is never unsupervised and never of the leash when outside my home. This dog is a great compainion very smart, loving, alot of fun and even great with my kids. But the behaviors I have listed above are making me tired. I am to the point were it is time to put him down. He is a one person dog, my dog. He doesn't obey anyone but me. I will not give him away for fear that he may bite a new owner or display these other behaviors and just be brought back time after time. Please help!
Cattle dogs are also known as heelers, this is because they bite at the heels of cattle they're trying to heard. If your dog is just going after their heels, this is probably a result of the instinctive behavior inherent in cattle dogs. If he was going after arms, legs, faces, etc, I would say that it was pure aggression. Don't stress over not being able to let your dog off a leash when you leave the house (unless you don't havea fenced in yard). Cattle dogs are also supposedly 'one person dog'. They bond with one member of the family and act distant towards others. They also are a breed that likes to establish their dominance over other dogs and people. If you haven't done obedience training with your dog, do so, and try to get your family members to help you out. Regarding the trash, taking a dump on the floor etc.. Invest in a crate. Seriously. Put the dog in the crate at night instead of letting him sleep in your bed. When your son comes and climbs into bed, to a dog's mind, he's usurping your dog's position as higher up in the social ranking than your son, since it's usually the dog that gets to sleep in your bed. By letting the dog sleep in your bed, you're reinforcing this belief to the dog. This is Not A Good Thing. So your dog retaliates by taking a dump in your sons room to reestablish his own dominance over your son. The trash. Put it up in a cupboard or under the sink or just out of sight where he can't get it, it's easier than what you're going through when he gets into it when you're not in the room to stop him. The temptation is apparently too great for your dog. Dogs (and cats actually) are born scavengers, once again, a leftover from their wolf ancestry. If you dont' have a place where you can put it out of sight, get a big container of red cayenne pepper and sprinkle liberally on the trash. He will quickly come to recognise the smell and avoid the trash, but that doesn't mean that if you forget to sprinkle it he won't get into it again. Out of sight, out of mind. It's just easiest to put it in a cupboard. When you're not home, once again, crate the dog. This will prevent him from getting into stuff while you're gone.
I have a crate it is a huge fight to even get him in it.Then he will howl whine and bark from dusk tell dawn. Any thoughts on how to get him in to his crate with easy. He won't even go in after a piece of bacon.He had to fly in his crate a couple times and he want nothing to do with being in the box. I am thinking a bark collar for the noise at nights? I don't let him in the bed on the floor next to my side. I don't leave the the dog alone very often He goes to work with me five days a week. I muscle him in to the crate during hunting season to leave him other wise he stays with me. I like your pepper idea alot. I'm going to give that a go. I was just think that the dog should be trainable enough that I could break him from the garbage. I guess I will just have to keep all food out of his reach. When Archer goes after people he is all puffed up. He get's right to them then kinda checks them out. Then goes after there heels hard. I really don't like having to keep him under lock and key 24/7. Would love to let him run and play daily at the park or on walks but it is just to risky. He loves to chase the the ball and play with Maggie from up the street. But walks and jogs is all the fun he gets to have. When I have time and we get out in the woods I let him run but that is not all that often. Hey Minniyar if you send me a email address I will shoot you a picture of archer maybe you might see what other breeds may be in him. The only one I know for sure is cattle dog.
You need to get a dog like this into sheep herding. If you don't have sheep i suggest yoiu find him a home where he can heard sheep. i am sorry an dhate to say this, but you picked the wrong breed. These are working dogs and need to work. He really needs to heard sheep to be happy.
When I was younger, we used to have a dog that would get into the garbage, take things off the counter, and even learned to open cupboards to get to stuff. We brought it to the attention of our veterinarian, and she was diagnosed with sparation anxiety. My mother quit her job and started working at home so the dog wouldn't be alone during the day. Sure enough! Unless we left, she was a perfect angel! Some dogs actually need medication for separation anxiety. You should talk to your veterinarian about this tendancy. Maybe he/she can give you more advice. As far as going to your son's room to relieve himself, I have a cat who does the same thing. If you do something he doesn't like, he gets revenge. It's not that your son is letting him out. Your dog is probably feeling displaced when your son gets to sleep in the bed with you, and he is stepped over and ignored in the meantime. It's a revenge tactic. Did you have the dog before your son was born? This is usually the case, but some pets just develop the jelousy.
if a crate won't work, you could try tethering the dog to your bed post at night. I've done this with success. I use a tie out cable that they can't chew through. i don't give them enough free line that they can jump on my bed, but enough to be able to get up and turn around and stretch and get a little away from my bed. for trash, i found an oak trash bin at Oak Express that has a liftable lid that you put the trash can inside of. my dogs don't bother it or try to get in it, i have a border collie that is very smart. yours may try and succeed in getting in it, but it did work for me. also, someone could construct a wood thing with a good lid to hold the plastic trash cans if you can't buy one. sounds like yours has learned he can get the trash when you're not around! he's learned to be sneaky. good luck!