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Old 09-02-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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Help! This is my first Collie. He is 14 weeks old. I don't know if I am doing okay with him or not. He seems quite independent for a collie. He likes to go play outside by himself and can get bored just sitting in the house with Mommy.

I do go outside with him, weather permitting. Today is raining. I take him for 2 walks a day. I play fetch with him a few times a day.

What can I do to make sure I will have a close bond with this puppy? What about discipline? He still likes to chew on things he is not supposed to. I tell him no over and over.......and I hand him a toy....believe me he has lots of them.

Should I assert myself more as Alpha or just relax and take my time with him? I heard you should not yell or be harsh with a collie. How can I get him to take me serious and still have him love me?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I forgot I have an older sheltie too. I have to give attention to him too. Sometimes when I give loving to the other dog, the collie will come and bite at my ears. Is he jealous?
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collies are a really active breed and naturally love to heard things, i had a beautiful tri color collie (well technically it was my mothers dog) but she was very active and loved to chase the chickens and keep them all together, they make excellent agility dogs because they love to be doing something or anything active, long walks and hiking, anything really active, how often do you do obedience training with him? and the chewing is just a normal dog thing especially for puppies, if there are things you dont want him to chew on then you need to be assertive and let him know you are unhappy with his choice of chew toys, giving him an alternative is a great start, but try to find one he really likes, puppy kongs are one of the best, especially if you put a little bit of peanut butter in them, but he may preffer softer toys like stuffed ones or squeaky toys. On the bonding thing, as long as you give your dog boundaries and disipline (not physically) and attention you will form a great bond, walking with him is a great bonding experience because it shows them leadership which all dogs need. he is in the testing/rebelious age right now and if you dont show him your top dog then he may become dominant.
also about the collies not like being yelled at, well no dog likes being yelled at but a stong assertive voice is good, dogs will also read your body language so crouching down and saying, no no thats not ok, is not going to really make your dog listen, standing up straight and saying a firm no, should do just fine.
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Trust me Pauline the dog will bond to you in time collies are working dogs in a way. I have a soon to be year old female that goes off to herself, finds a twig or toy and lays and chews or throws it and the other dogs are with me, in time she will come along. I am not pushing her for she is a loner right now, some are just that way till they are ready to rely on you as mommy help me. The collie will adore u one day but it is just an infant at heart, please remember a dog in not fully mentally mature until 3 years of age, so before that we work to gain their trust, respect and love. Do not be in a hurry honey, take it day by day and let the pup go off alone, do not worry just stand and watch this is how we learn to think like a dog at least I do. I watch my dogs by the hour and especially the females with pups, I learn so much by just watching quietly sitting on a chair in the sun on grass. Just be patient, let it play just watch and absorb what and why it does what it does for later. It will come around, do not holler at the dog, point a finger and say NO if it does badly wrong, otherwise just let it be for now. It will grow up fast your impatient and worry too much sweetie.
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You're right sheplover.......I am being impatient and worrying too much. I will just do my best and hope I am doing it right.

Thanks for your help!
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It's funny,we are never happy with what we have.I have a dog,my male(guard dog),who is my shadow and it can be annoying and I have a goldon who is suppose to be the velcro one and she is Miss independant.LOL!!!
What ever way they are ,they still will adore you and defend you whatever the breed.I do find the more independant easier.

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