can anyone help me. We have just got a gorgeous puppy 2 weeks ago. He has been very good up untill now and I don't know what to do with him. He is pull and biting everything in site, he has dug out all the flower containers in the garden and when I correct him, he snarls at me. He also has started to poop and pee in the house which he has never done before. Please help me as we have waited a long time to get a puppy so that it is the right time and we do love him very much.
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What techniques are you using for correction? It sounds to me like this pup is desperate for leadership, and not finding it he's decided to step in and take the job.
First, take your pup to the vet to rule out a physical problem. You also don't want to neglect any shots or heart worm preventive if they're a problem in your area. Neutering can help, but this pup sounds more like he needs a phychologically strong human leader that he can respect.
Start looking into puppy training classes now. In my experience, pups from 3 to 6 months are like little sponges. Anything they learn, good or bad, stays with them. These classes are really more for the owners than the dogs. You will learn how to communicate effectively with your dog and use positive reinforcement techniques to get the behavior you want. Above all - don't give up on him! He's not a "bad" dog, just a strong-willed, dominant personality. With the right tools in your hands and some regular work, you'll be just fine.
Congratulations on your new puppy. The first thing you need to understand is that everything your puppy is doing is completely normal for a puppy. That said, it is your job to gently teach your puppy what is expected of him as a dog. No puppy is born knowing the rules of the house and all puppies chew and pee.
The very best way to train a new puppy is a method called "crate training". A crate is a wire kennel large enough for your puppy to turn around, lie down and stretch out in. Your puppy will spend time in his crate to help train his bowels and bladder and when you cannot watch him to monitor his chewing.
Border collies are very intelligent dogs and easy to train. Crate training on your puppy, done correctly, can result in a very happy, confident dog who understands the rules and is a pleasure to have in home. Once your puppy is reliable in his house behaviour, you can leave the door open to the crate and let your dog use the crate whenever he wants to get away to himself or to feel secure. Most dogs come to really love the sense of security they get from having their own "den.
Here is a quick overview of using crate training to housetrain a puppy. Basically, by pottying outside, your puppy will earn free time in the house. The more consistent the training, the faster your puppy will learn that he is supposed to potty outside. The puppy will spend time in his crate, alternating with free time in the house only after he has urinated or defecated outside.
Every time your puppy comes out of his crate, he will go outside. You will give him 2 minutes to potty. If he potties outside, he gets 30 minutes of free time inside, then goes back into his crate for 30 minutes and then back outside for 2 minutes.
If the puppy doesn't potty after 2 minutes outside, then he goes back into his crate for 30 minutes and then back outside for 2 minutes.
Follow this schedule strictly. If your puppy has an accident in the house, you are giving him too much freedom and are not watching him closely enough.
Only allow 2 minutes for him to potty outside. You are teaching him to potty as soon as he is let outside.
Reward your puppy IMMEDIATELY after he urinates or defecates. Bring a little treat with you and give the treat along with lots of happy praise.
As your puppy gets older, he will be able to hold his bowels and bladder longer and longer. When he can hold it all night, you are well on your way to successful housetraining.
So, here is how the day should go: In the morning, carry the puppy outside, place him on the ground and give a command like “Go Potty”. Allow 2 minutes for him to urinate and defecate. Gently repeat the command and soon as the puppy responds, give the treat and praise immediately.
If the puppy fails to potty within 2 minutes, bring him inside and put him back in his crate for 20 to 30 minutes. Try again.
When your puppy goes potty outside, bring him in and give him 30 minutes of free time in a confined area. You should be watching him during this time. ( This is very important! You need to be watching to redirect any inappropriate chewing to an approved chew toy and to watch for any attempts your puppy may make to potty indoors.)
As your puppy begins to figure out where and when he should potty, you can increase the time between going out. During the day, potty outside = 30 minutes free time followed by and hour and a half in his crate and then outside again.
This routine will continue until your puppy goes potty outside consistently and has learned the behavior. Then you may give him more freedom and less confinement.
Potty Outside = 1 hour free time then 2 hours in crate
When your puppy becomes reliable with this amount of time, increase free time again.
Potty outside = 2 hours free time then 2 hours in crate. Increase free time as your puppy gains your trust.
If your puppy has an accident, DO NOT scold him. This can scare and confuse the puppy and cause him to try to hide where he pottys inside. If you catch him ‘in the act’, use a startle sound to get him to stop, and then carry him outside to finish. Reward him, and then put him in his crate.
The entire process may take 2 to 6 weeks. Don't become discouraged. Remember, the weeks you spend now will pay off with a well behaved dog for many years.
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