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Hi need Border Collie help...

Discussion in 'Dog Behaviour and Training' started by Maxi, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Maxi

    Maxi New Member Registered

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    Hi all, I have a 18month old Border Collie I’m struggling to teach him to stop barking when told, does anyone have any good tips?
     
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    The first question to ask is why is he barking in the first place? What is the underlying emotion - boredom, excitement, fear, need for attention? Is he getting enough mental stimulation as well as physical exercise so he's able to relax during 'downtime'?

    I'm not up on training a dog to stop barking as my dog doesn't bark much anyway, but the first step is to train your dog to bark on command. I taught this using a hand signal as well as a verbal cue, because it's great for convincing little children that your dog can count and do simple sums;)
     
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    Kikopup on YouTube has some excellent videos to help with training on this. Border collies can be pretty sensitive - if you need extra support, say which area you live in and we might be able to point you towards someone who can help.
     
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    I would assume excitement, he barks mostly when he sees, hears or even thinks there may be another dog near by. As he’s still young he is so giddy & just wants to play with them all but I’d like to beable to control it a bit more. Thank for that
     
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    I’m near Wigan. Thanks I’ll have a look at those :)
     
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    seconding the sugg to teach "Speak" & "Hush". :)
    U need to teach the "on" behavior before U can install the "off" switch, but don't forget - both bark-on-cue AND hush-on-cue are rewarded; neither one is 'bad', they are just behaviors, & the dog is doing WHAT U WANT. :D

    Once U have stimulus control [bark on cue, hush on cue], life gets easier.

    If he's overstimulated by the sight of passing dogs, get him away from windows, & if it's barking, praps U could close the windows, to reduce the sound? - just a thot.

    - terry

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    almost forgot - SILENCE his tags.
    Wrap them with a wide rubber-band or slip 'em into a made-to-purpose tag bag, such as Quiet, Spot!, a neoprene bag that encloses them.

    Other dogs will hear him coming from afar, & it sets THEM scanning for the approaching dog - then he reacts to their excitement, & things just ratchet up. :( . All behavior is a conversation - their reaction to him, his reaction to them, it's a snowball effect.

    - terry

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    My geography may be off but the APDT page suggests these people in the Manchester area

    APDT
     
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    to look up APDT-UK trainers by area of service -
    APDT

    Each one lists their specialties - puppy-training, B-Mod, & so on. I'd look for a trainer who is experienced in B-Mod, & works with adults - at 18-MO, he's not a puppy any more. ;)
    Please let us know how U get on?

    Happy training,
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