So I have no clue what to do with my Border Collie, she seems to have a lot of issues and I cannot seem to fix them!
First off let me say I love my dog and would anything to help her and teach her, she is currently being walked for 1 hour every night, let out in the back yard to run and play ball for 2-3 hours, and she is fed 2 times a day eating Pedigree Adult Dog Food.
I am new here and I will apologize in advance for the length of this post.
Problem #1: She is mostly crate trained, but when she is tired of being in the crate (say we put her in there when she makes a "no-no" in the house, she will start to bark. I try telling her "NO" in a firm voice, and she tilts her head, stares at you and gets louder and more vocal. If she is in her crate and I have company come over she gets vocal and nothing will be able to make her stop. I read online that spraying them with a water bottle works wonders when teaches them not to bark, well the first spray she goes quite, then she tilts her head and starts up again! Does anyone have any good hints on how to get her to stop barking inside while she is in the crate?
Problem #2: I have about 8 cats and when she is loose in the house with them, she normally tends to do OKAY. If one of the cats gets a crazy hyper moment and decides to take off running, she chases after then and she bites at them. (I am pretty sure its her trying to herd the cats, but she has nearly bitten them on the neck several times and it scares me that she will hurt the cats really bad) Is there anything I can do to teach her it is NOT OKAY to do this?
Problem #3: She is very NOT confident, she is extremely shy, and she is unsure around people. I've been trying to teach her how to lay down and she normally just falls over onto her side and lays there looking up at you. When she is around other people, besides me, her tail goes between her legs and she rarely wags it. Anyway I can make her more sure of herself when people are around? And how can I go about training her when she acts this way?
Problem #4: When I play ball with her she normally bolts after the ball brings it back and drops it, then its a race to see if I can get it first or if she can. If I happen to be lucky and pick it up before she can get her jaws around it, I get ready to throw it, and if I don't throw it fast enough, she bark and jumps up and bites my hand/arm (whatever she can reach). I've tried putting my legs up (like how you train a dog not to jump up) but it doesn't seem to help, she keeps doing it. I've tried not letting her play ball and leaving it inside, but if she THINKS you have a ball in your hand she will start barking at you, and when you show her your empty hands she barks more and tries to bite (like she thinks we are hiding it on her or something) It has started to get to the point that I cannot go outback with her and spend time. Anyone have any idea what I can do about this?
I have thought about getting her into be tested for herding skills, and if she did good, I was debating whether or not to get her into some herding things, you can pay $25 per "get-together" here and she can herd for the day. But I'm not working right now so its nothing that I can get her into right away.
Thanks in advance, and again sorry its so long.