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I have an 8 month old Border Collie mix who is amazing. We've had her since she was 6 weeks old and have done everything we can with her thus far to make sure she is well behaved and socialized. So far the experience has been a good one; she is extremely intelligent, doesn't chew on furniture, LOVES people and other dogs, knows a variety of different commands, and does really well in the car.

However, there are still some things that we are currently working on that seem to be a bit of a challenge for us. She's an energetic and playful dog, and we do our best to make sure she gets all her exercise and energy out each day by taking her to the dog park and letting her run around in the field as often as we can. She has her moments where she can be very calm and will sit beside us while we watch TV or relax around the house. BUT. Sometimes she'll get into her play mode at the wrong times and it can be a nightmare. She'll grab whatever toy she can get her mouth around and shove it in our faces. She's relentless. 8tttttttttttttttttttttttttg5... Sorry. Speak of the devil. :doh:

She's usually pretty obedient, but it seems that when she wants to play there's nothing that can stop her from getting up in our faces with a toy and shaking it around until we have no choice but to indulge her. So my question is.. How can I get her to understand that when play time is over, she needs to respect our personal space? How do I get her to snap out of her play mode and obey when it just isn't time for fetch?
 

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Well, if you give up and indulge her then you're essentially rewarding her for getting up in your grill.

So you need to 1. not reward what you don't want to see and 2. reward what you do want to see/teach an alternative behavior like "go to mat." And be sure to bust your dog for being good! (eg, sometimes reward for behavior you want to see even if you didn't ask for it, like if she is sitting quietly amusing herself).
 

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Use more interactive puzzle treat toys to keep her occupied.

Don't give into her pestering you to play, otherwise she learns eventually you will give in. Put her in her crate with a kong when she continues to pester. She needs to learn to relax.
 

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I have a dog who will do this, he is 15 years old lol. The only way I can get peace is to take the toy that is shoved in my face and out it away out of reach. I have a toy drawer that they all go in, or else I wouldn't have any peace lol.
 

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Don't give into her pestering you to play, otherwise she learns eventually you will give in. Put her in her crate with a kong when she continues to pester. She needs to learn to relax.
Yep. Settling down in the house is for many dogs a learned skill.

And so is pestering someone until they give in. Just not an intentionally taught one.

I use an 'all done' cue with my dogs. They quickly learn that if I say that there will be no more training or play from me and to go find something to do themselves, or lie down. It might take a while but I promise you she's capable of chilling out. Just tell her no more in whatever words you choose and then religiously ignore the crap out of her. Crate her if she persists too terribly long, but *don't* give in and play more.

And if she's obsessive about particular toys, limit her access to them. My BC only sees tennis balls when we're *OUT*side. Otherwise I guarantee you I'd never get any peace.
 

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I have found that it helps if I never revv them up in the house. They learn that the house is a place to be calm and have quiet time, outside is the play place. When I started doing that I never had a problem with them settling.
 

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Not much else to add... other than that... well, she's 8 months old. I would definitely expect this type of behavior from an 8 month old dog. Be patient! My dog went through the same thing, except his thing was not shoving a toy in our faces... it was just barking.

Hang in there! You can do it :) It may take weeks, but your dog will figure it out!
 

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Also, if you want her to have her toy but want her to entertain herself with it, just simply ignore her, dont say no, dont push her away, if she gets too annoying stand up and leave the room for a minute or so. I have also found that it helps to teach a "place" command. maybe buy a bed or even use an old sheet or towel (anything that can be an identifying marker for the dog) and tell her to "go to her place" and take her to it, with her toy. every time she gets up to pester you, say "no" and take her back to her "place".

FYI just a warning ... you will have to rinse and repeat anything we are suggesting, no matter what you try for what will seem like a billion times, esp if the dog has learned that if she is persistent in pestering you, she gets what she wants. You will also likelu experience what is known as "extinction burst" where the behavior gets worse before it gets better. If she get too over the top and over stimulated or has a really bad extinction burst, then just up and leave the room and let her calm down for a bit.
 
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