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So this is my first time posting in this forum, I googled dog training forums and this is the first thing that popped up. My grandparents have a awesome border collie named Will, he is about 6 years old and has been confined to a pen most of his life. It is a very large pen so he at least has room to run around a bit. He longs for more attention but when you try to play with him he is a total nut, humps everything in sight, and has no control over his behavior whatsoever. He really longs for attention and Im tired of having to see him so lonely in his pen all the time. My ultimate goal is to have him house broken and teach him some behavior commands, then my grandparents could really enjoy his company. The problem is, i have no clue how to do this and the only thing I successfully trained him to do is hurdle my arm for a toy(which i am quite proud of lol). We dont have the money to pay for training, but we could get him neutered if its needed. Can anyone point me in the right direction or give me some advice?
 

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My personal opinion would be training, or at very least if there are "doggy socials" anywhere in your city (with a qualified person overseeing them), you should start there (I doubt the socials would cost that much and you might get some good "free tips").
Of course barring the ability to do training he needs more time spent with people and in places other than his pen (on leash of course). He'll be nuts with every new thing I'm sure, but it'll take a lot of time for him to get used to these things, and to attention! Six years without much attention is a long time for a dog and it'll take a LOT to get over that!! Spend time with him, get your grandparents to do it too. When you take him in the house it might be a good idea to leave a drag leash on him too, like you would a puppy, never leave him unsupervised in the house.
That's my 2 cents, but I'm no expert, 10 months into having my first dog, so I'm sure others will have better advice. Good luck! I hope you can help him out!
 

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Welcome! It's very admirable that you want to improve this dog's life.
Can this dog walk on a leash? Exercise is one thing that will help make this dog more manageable and more trainable. Running in a pen isn't near enough exercise for a border collie. A border collie is a working dog, they were bred to work. Nowadays, many people that have border collies don't work them, so they have to replace the work with exercise.

The problem is, if he hasn't been trained to walk on a leash, he may end up pulling. Pulling on the leash isn't good. So, any time he pulls, you should really stop and "be a tree" to teach him that pulling isn't going to get him anywhere. BUT, if you have to keep stopping every time he pulls he's not really getting any exercise, right? So, start with several SHORT walks a day(if he is having a pulling problem) so that he (and you) don't get too frustrated.

Even as you are training him to walk on a leash correctly, you will still need to increase the amount of structured play and exercise that you give him, as the walks won't be giving him much exercise when you're in training mode. Many dogs won't run and play in the yard unless someone is out playing with them.

In addition to exercise and walking, you can start doing some short training sessions. Training is like exercise for his mind, and that can use up his extra energy, too. But, the same with walking, if you start with lots of short sessions a day then you (and he) won't get frustrated or bored. And, training can help create a bond between you and the dog.

Start with sit, and maybe down. We taught sit by holding a treat in front of their nose and moving it up/back over their head. That way, to keep their eyes on the treat, they kind of naturally lower their butt, so they can look up at the treat.
It's really good to lure them to do what you want several times first, before giving it a name. So, try getting him to sit like this before saying sit. After you are pretty successful at getting him to do the behavior, you can start adding the name. So, he sits, and you say "sit". He still gets a treat every time he does it, but you are just giving the behavior a name.
For down, get him to sit first, and then hold a treat in front of his nose, and gradually lower it to the ground.

As for housetraining, the best way, in my opinion is to PREVENT accidents by watching him super closely. Don't give him any freedom in the house, have him in your sight at all times. That way, when he starts to sniff excessively or circle around you can take him out to pee/poop. The more often you can PREVENT accidents, the more likely he will see outside as the only option for peeing/pooping. Also, don't scold him for accidents inside. It's your job to teach him outside is the right place. Dogs generally will pee or poop wherever and whenever they are when they need to go. So, if you get him to the right place, when he needs to go, you'll be doing both of you a favor.

Other things that make dogs well mannered: teaching them not to jump at people (even in fun), greeting people politely, etc. All these things are discussed at the top of each forum pages in "stickies" which are permanent topics. Check some of them out.

Be patient and consistent, as this dog has had a long time to get set in his ways, and it will take time and hard work to help him.
 

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My very first dog was an 8 year old lab who had been standing alone in a kennel her whole life. She knew NOTHING and would jump and bite constantly, hard enough to bruise me. She was NUTS. Her owners were moving, so they were going to shoot her when they left the farm.

This dog, in a couple of months, was one of the sweetest, most gentle, well-trained dogs ever. She just needed exercise and direction. And consistency. This can be done!

Mine came in house-trained! She wouldn't eliminate in the house. She settled very, very quickly.

Your path could be longer, but I just want to let you know that it can be done! I had a rich and rewarding life with my girl until she was 14! Best dog ever!
 

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Thanks for the advice everybody. He is a extremely smart dog, he walks on a leash OK but he does tug a good bit sometimes. I think the biggest thing he needs is time outside the pen and around people. He was a stray my mom found and my grandparents were excited to have him since we had another border collie when i was growing up that was the most perfectly behaved dog ever. Little did we know border collies are hyper nuts if they dont have attention or a "job". So he ended up being put in the pen cause they just couldnt handle him. Now that I moved near them I am super pumped to have a border collie around again. Will keep u all posted on our progress.
 
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