We adopted a 9 mos est rough collie from the SPCA last weekend. We've raised 2 reasonably behaved dogs into their teens in the last 30 years. I'm retired and have plenty of time to teach this dog polite manners.
We don't know this dogs backround since she was transfered between shelters. she knows SIT, she has learned her name and will come when called. she is learning DOWN well but does this very slowly. I'm having trouble teaching STAY. I don't know how to do this?
I might be trying to much too quickly since we've only had her for a week? She is pretty much housebroken and knows her POTTY spot outside in my dirt side yard. she's had a few accidents but thats expected in her new environment and she's also taking meds for Kennel cough.
I'd like to train this dog "correctly" to be a good citizen. Our last two dogs I trained to fear me instead of with rewards. I'm trying to teach this Dog without the Fear.
Should I take her to "puppy kidengarden" or should I just go directly to "obedience" school? I need to learn as much as she does because I raise my voice too much and I don't want her to react out of fear.
This Dog picked us out at the pound and she appears to have bonded with me more. (I walk her and feed her).
we are in Philadelphia and I'd appreciate any comments or advice.
When you are certain she is fully non congatious with the kennel cough, I would go directly to obediance class. I put my dogs on a sit, and then wave my hand in front of there nose, and say STAY. Then I slowly back away. If the dog starts to get up, I quickly pop the lead and say NO. Put them back and repeat as above. When I can back away and have them stay for only a short time, I call them to a sit directly in front of me and reward.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
take her to obiedience. When I got my collie mix, all he knew how to do was sit (sometimes). We only took him to the beginers class, then taught him extra fun stuff after he had his fundamentals down. You'll learn alot in those classes as well as your pup:)
They are great dogs had 2. Just lost them both last year one was 13 and the other 15. You have gotten some great advice form the other posters. Patience is the key. They are very smart dogs and respond well to training.They need challanges because they are working dogs and get bord easily so they love training and of course playing catch, I remember when my boys were little the dogs would treat them like cattle and corner them in the backyard. Ha ha. Never raise your voice with them. All I had to do is look at them and they knew they messed up. A week is not a long time to adjust to a new home.Keep trying.