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I've owned German Shepherd purebreds and mixes since I was a toddler. Now, several decades later, we bought a cute German Shepherd-Rough Collie puppy for my daughter's birthday.

I've never owned a rough collie mix before, but I have owned a border collie mix who was much more hyper but housebroke via crate training method within 2 weeks. Are rough collies not as intelligent?

It's been 10 weeks now and worse than caring for a newborn human, and I have 7 kids. The problem is that she doesn't make any noise. Let me repeat that: THE PUPPY DOESN'T MAKE NOISE. So she never alerts us when she needs to pee or poop. She doesn't whine or whimper when left in a crate. She doesn't bark or cry.


She was also pad-trained for the first 8 weeks by the seller, so she seeks out anything cloth to pee on, especially in the kitchen.

She also is unphased by crate-training. She has no qualms about peeing on herself in the crate and lying in it. She's so cute but is it possible for her to be retarded? I know how horrible mean this sounds but as someone who's owned dogs forever, I've never seen this behaviour before. She is the most quiet puppy, most quiet dog I've ever seen. And she will pee and poop on herself like it's nothing.

Please help. We do love her and don't want to give her away. She does sort of respond to positive reinforcement, but I really think she has developmental problems and I don't know what the solution is. She isn't deaf, though. She does startle when we call her name.
 

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The vet doesn't seem to think there are any neurological or physiological issues with the dog, and she didn't come from a puppy mill. A friend's dogs had a set of babies and she and her husband could only afford to keep one puppy. She did sell the other 3, but was particular about ensuring they went to a house with kids. However, the dogs were welped but not crated.

I've never seen a 5-month old large breed puppy with such little self-awareness. My first instinct is that still she is deaf and maybe hears the vibration of us coming when we think she is startled by hearing her name? But it hurts to keep her crated for so long and watch her incessantly fail to learn every time we take her outside to do her business. I've never had this process take longer than a month.

I guess we'll have to try a different vet.
 
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