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Old 12-12-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Advice on training 8 wk old Border Collie?

hi i have an 8 week old border collie, any advice on training her???
must be mad getting a puppy 2 weeks before xmas, but shes part of the familys xmas present, and we love her dearly. even my son whos 6 months wants to eat her lol

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Old 12-12-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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The TRAINING section on here has a LOT of topics... check it out.

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Start training classes right away. It is extremely important that your dog learns house manners and gets proper socialization. Border Collies are notorious for being neurotic and hyperactive, so it is imperative that she has some sort of daily activity. I am a little concerned for your son, also. BCs are not known for being particularly kid tolerant. They are high strung and have a tendency to herd, by nipping, every moving thing in sight. Do not leave your son and your new dog alone together; supervise them at all times. Find a good puppy class, one where the dogs can interact with each other and other people. A good instructor will give you tips on how to avoid common issues that arise, such as jumping on people, barking, digging, etc.

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Depends on what you want to train the pup to do or not do. What do you want to work on first in it's training?
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Good observation because there is no such thing as yeah okay I'm going to train them now.

It's still a very young dog. Worry about House Breaking and Socializing.

Then move onto Sit, Down, Stay.

From there more difficult commands.

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**ALSO KEEP IN MIND** A dog does not understand the word "NO" until 6months!!!

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**ALSO KEEP IN MIND** A dog does not understand the word "NO" until 6months!!!

This is totally false. I am sorry to have to disagree with you but it is. If it was true then half the things Ajax already knows would not be trained for. He is only 5 months and has known what no means since about 10 weeks. Sorry, don't want to start an arguement or anything. That is the same as the old wives tail of "dogs can't learn anything till 6 months and then you start training". Do you know how many people still believe that myth? Too many.
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Good observation because there is no such thing as yeah okay I'm going to train them now.

It's still a very young dog. Worry about House Breaking and Socializing.

Then move onto Sit, Down, Stay.

From there more difficult commands.

No no. You can train all of that at once just at different parts of the day. The pups that left my house at 8 - 9 weeks old were already started on house training, knew the sit command a little, knew the crate command, knew the come command, knew the breakfast command, had some leash training and so on. And they were only 8 - 9 weeks old. I started them all on this. Just because they are young does not mean they can't learn a ton. I am a firm beleiver that the sooner you start a dog in training the better. The key is short sessions, multiple times a day, stop before the puppy gets tired, stop on a good note of success, and loads of praise and make it fun. You can teach a lot to a puppy even at 8 weeks.
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My pound puppy (I got him when he was 4 months old) not only knew what 'no' meant one month later, I had him trained to ring a bell when he wanted to go out. And the little stinker figured out that he could ring a bell when he wanted to go out for any reason, like to play, not just to go potty. So the sooner the better, otherwise valuable time is lost.
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lilly lover, maye these links here will help you get going for a start.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=6857
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=6586
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=15448
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=14984

And of course there are plenty of people here willing to give you more detailed advice if you wish.
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