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Old 12-20-2007, 04:42 PM   #1
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Shes nipping the kids, which i know is in her nature, but my 4 year old daughter is getting frightened of her, my kids know not to run around her cause it makes her worse, so they run. But that dont stop lilly, shes after your shoes/socks/trousers, i do pat her on the nose and say "no!" and she leaves alone, untill the kids get up again.
In the new year im going to dog training classes to help sort out those niggly bits, but untill then what can i do to stop this happening?
Ive heard a water squirter and the firm command NO! works but does it really?
I know border collies are known for this and i do expect it kind of but is there a way of stopping it?
Also how do i get her to stop jumping up when kids are sitting on the couch, she does it everytime even when tapped on the nose and said no to.

Apart from that shes goes potty 8 times out of 10 outside now when i let her out but doesnt ask to go out, so having a few accidents inside still

shes stopped crying at night and i lock her in the cage then, so she knows its bedtime ( but shes still going to potty in there )

Shes learnt her name and again comes running when called, well sometimes lol

She seems to understand what no means ( untill this morning when i caught her eating kids xmas presents)

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Sounds like you have your hands full there!
Lilly must be about 9 weeks so she will have a lot of crazy energy and be about as willing to listen to you as a three-year-old, if that well. Whether you tap her on the nose and say no or ignore her, you probably won't see results for weeks. Puppies take a lot of time and patience to train.
You seem to be doing pretty well with the potty training if she is going outside most of the time. And the crate training is coming along. I wonder why she is pottying in there-does she get a potty break in the middle of the night or is she in the crate the whole time?
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:22 PM   #3
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to be completely honest shes in in all the time, im getting up in the night with my baby and when i go back to sleep im dead to the world, is that the answer then? should i least get up once to let her out? Sounds awful now ive thought about it, ill defo get up tonight and let her out

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I think so. Little pups need a potty break in the middle of the night. If you can manage to let her out once it might do the trick.
You may want to give the crate a good cleaning too. Once they start messing in there they might decide it's the potty area and not even try to hold it.
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Oh my you do need to take her out often to Potty break her. She will learn to hold it but it does take some time. Is she getting some daily exercise other than just playing? She needs to be walked to get tired. If you have a fenced in yard to keep an eye and let her out to play and run it off. Then at bedtime she might sleep better too? Puppies have lots of energy and the classes will be good for her and you also. It will help you to learn to train your puppy better and quicker. I have never had a problem with my puppies that I import, but then they are out running all day too.! I think it wants some attention so it is going to pull pant legs, socks, etc. Try and tap her nose and firmly say NO NO!! Keep doing this then hand her a toy. She will grow up faster than you might think and stop this.
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I wouldn't be tapping her on the nose, it only makes them snap back out of reflex. Have a look at www.dogstardaily.com Go to behaviour, under the red sign, then puppy training to see how puppies learn etc.
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