We recently adopted an 12 week old hand raised Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix. We were told she was the runt of the litter.
When the puppies were 1 week old, the mother was hit by a car and killed, the litter of 8 puppies was separated between 2 families and hand raised. When we picked out the puppy, we played with her there and checked her temperment, all seemed fine so we brought her home.
She was very skittish and leary her first few days, we have a yr old Beagle with an overwelming personality, so this was expected. The puppy yipped and nipped at our beagle those first days, but now they are great friends.
The problem is, the pup seems disconnected toward humans. I have hand raised a litter of pups also, but never had this type of problems with the pups so I am at a loss for explanation.
She will wag her tail and show happiness toward you when you come home, she will lick you then and for the most part seems well adjusted and normal.
Now as for giving her attention, she wants nothing to do with it. If you hold her, pet her, talk to her, she stares very blankly at you, will not wag her tail and frankly just wants to go away.
Tonite, I was trying to play with her and she yipped at me. At first I wasn't sure that she was trying to bite, it sounded almost like a play yip. I started to play with her again and this time she yipped and nipped at me. My husband then had the same experience shortly after, in which she growled and acted as if she would bite him. We have been consistent in our training of her, she is not our first dog, we have a 13 year old Lab, and our 1yr old beagle, not to mention both coming from homes with dogs.
What would cause such behavior in a young puppy? Was there something that she was not taught, since she had no canine parents? Is is something in her "mutt"-igre? I need suggestions. Aggression at this age is not a good thing, I don't want to have "that" dog. I am open to any comments or suggestions.
I am a firm believer that pups need to have interaction with the mother to learn behavior. I wonder if this pup lost out on the teaching that a bitch does around the 6th to 10th week with her pups. I have watched both of my bitches with their litters and they do seem to work with their pups showing them how to behave. Did the people that raised this pup spend time socializing it. I start from the moment a pup is born, touching it, holding it on its back and playing with its feet, rubbing my face on it ect. If they just feed it and put it back in its bed the pup may have several issues you are going to have to deal with. I can't give you training advise just what I would do and keep working with it. Good luck
I can't be certain of the type of interaction the pups were given. The people have children that played with the puppies, they had taught the 4 they were raising how to sit on command with a treat and they were crate trained. As far as teaching them how to play, pecking order, etc, I couldn't really tell you if they taught any of that. Hindsight tells me, probably not. This was something she had never done before and told me she looked up information on the internet. Initial contact with the pups was stand-off-ish but they warmed up to us quickly. The one we picked was the most social. She rolled over to let us pet her belly; I did a very generalized temperment test to them all before we made our choice. I am open to whatever suggestions you may have.
I am not a behaviorist or even a trainer so all I can suggest is just to work with the pup a lot. I have a male from one of my litters that is fine on the floor but as soon as you pick him up he gets stiff and acts terrified. I have been working with him every day for about 2 weeks and he is much better, he even asks to be picked up now. When the pup snapped did you let it know that was not acceptable behavior? I hope someone else with more experience will answer your question.
We have a Border Collie, they are very smart and high strung at times. She has the same personality when she wants your attention that's fine. Other times wants nothing to do with us. Just keep up the training and be patient it will work.
I scolded her immediately and showed her dominant behavior, just in case she was challenging me for my place in the pack (my husband is the alpha male, I'm alpha female). Sometimes I catch him babying her, so I wanted to make my place clear to her.
Now my kids can play with her anyway the want and she is fine, happy, wagging her tail, obviously happy. So now I wonder if adults were only there to give her food and the kids played with her, therefore she has mixed feelings about us playing with her vs the kids.
Taking it day by day. She is a sweet, intelligent pup with a face that will melt your heart. Consistency in training will be a must.
your dog may have bonded with the beagle first and looks to the beagle to be dominate. We were told to make sure our second dog didn't become attached to our other dog first, but us. Maybe try doing things with your new puupy without the beagle? I had my husband take my older dog with him places and I used that time to bond with the other when we first got him
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