I just adopted a new dog from the shelter. She is a on year old, 40 lb. Brittany Spaniel/Border Collie Mix. I brought her home Thursday, and she has been driving me mad ever since! She will not sit down, not even for a second. I have yet to see her sleep! She has chewed off a leg of my coffee table already. I've even had the police called because of her barking while I'm at the grocery store! She is scared to death of the broom, which I used to clean up her mess of woodchips. Once, when I opened the door to recieve a package, she bolted out down the street and it took a long time to find her. If I leave food unattended for even a moment, she will steal it! I tried taking her for a walk around town today, and she was scared out of her mind! I just can't seem to get her to calm down. She's already ruined my coffee table and a pair of shoes. She even nipped my hand when I tried to take them away from her. She's been trying to herd my children, nipping at their heals, and is tryint to herd our cats! What one earth am I to do? I need some help ASAP? Thanks, Mattew
Did you do any research before adopting? Sounds like you need a crate, and time to research, and a job for your high energy dog, and some training classes. Most of what you describe are bored puppy behaviours.
First, I would invest in a crate. Make her sleep in there at night and stay in there while you are not home.
Second, I'd enroll her in an obedience class.
Third, being that she is a border collie, she's going to need a job. Put her to work. Maybe try doing agility, flyball, or something of the sort with her. She needs to be stimulated. You can't expect a border collie to be the type of dog to just lay around the house. And Brittanys are hunting dogs, she may be good at hunting. You have some mix there!
Fourth, she is only a year old, she's still a puppy really. You need to train her.
Fifth, remember she came from a shelter. She may have been abused. Have patience with her and be understanding.
Maybe these are the very reasons she was brought to the shelter in the first place. Sounds like you need to get some training with her and give her time to adjust. Get her into behavioral classes guick so that you can learn how to handle her...good luck.
Hi! Sorry about all the issues you're having. Both Brittanys and Border Collies are high energy dogs. They also mature very slowly, so they are the type of breed that will stay in the 'puppy phase' for several years. The first thing I would do is look into an obedience class at your local Petsmart or Petco. They are fairly inexpensive, and offer a lot of helpful advice and hands on training to help you know how to deal with certain issues.
Another thing I would look into is the 'Nothing in Life is Free' training method or NILF. You can google it, or go to bookstores and look up books on it. I think it's the best type of training out there.
But most of all, be patient and give it longer before giving up. Because of the current behavior, I wouldn't let her roam free in your house. I would block her off to one room and have her gradually earn getting to be in more areas. I would also invest in kongs (you can fill them with things to keep her occupied) and other toys so that, when she starts to chew on something, you can deter her with her toys and encourage her to do that.
What a combination-brittany/border collie. Both HIGHLY active dogs! A good half hour of fetch will tire out my brittany quicker than a 2 hour walk. I suggest doing more active things with your dog. A tired dog is a good dog! And as others mentioned, never leave an unattended dog uncrated-not only is she damaging your furniture-she may eat something that will harm her.
Yes, I did do reaserch before adopting. I've ordered a crate for her. I exercise her for an hour every day. She was due to be euthanized Friday, and I didn't want her to die, so I just had to adopt her!
So what are her traits so far? Is she "birdy" like a brittany? Does she stop and point at things? Or is she a herder, like a border collie? By the way, my brittany can also be very mouthy. She is just over 1 year old and has been 100% housetrained since about 3 months of age. But we still crate her when we're not home, just because I know she would destroy something, no matter HOW many chew toys are laying around! The longest we have left her alone and uncrated so far is just 45 minutes. Nothing destroyed-in fact, she was sleeping on the couch when we got back. But would I trust her all day? NO WAY! But good for you for saving a life.
You ve got a Border Collie, they need to work, join an obediance class, get someone with behavioral experience to come in and help you at home. An hour a day of exercise is not even close to being enough. This dog could probly exercise all day. Look into flyball or agility too.
Sounds like my dear Brittany You dont know if she has been abused by a broom because you adopted her And the behavoral problems are pretty normal when you adopt a dog that has been abused and neglected or just a puppy She is still a puppy and these are all the things I put up with my Brittany Let her go to the dog park or a free field for a couple hours and let her loose. She needs at least 2 BIG runs every week and 2 mile walks Be prepared. High Energy dogs can be very time consuming And remember always do research before adopting a mixed or purebred dog