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Old November 20th, 2012, 12:05 AM
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Farm training a 2 year old female, border collie cross


Hi everyone.
My partner has 2 dogs, they are a one year old female staffy, and a 2 year old female border collie cross.
i am wanting to train the border collie to do farm work (getting cows in etc) with me, obviously for a start i am just re-teaching her basic, such as 'sit' and 'fetch'.

the problem is, in the middle of training sessions, she gets very hypo and jumps up, just coz i guess she wants to play. i kind of need a way to instantly calm her down. i dont want to shout, coz i do want her to listen to me out on the farm.

obviously i am not the main owner of the dogs, and they will listen to my partner more than me, as they are HIS dogs, way before i met him. but i also need her to know i am boss aswell, such as out on the farm..

help, anyone please?
thanks!!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 12:12 AM
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And also i cant whistle, so i need some sort of substitute for that too...!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:21 AM
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I would give her a verbal like "aagh!" and then perhaps make her sit. I guess it depends on what you need her to do. She should respect you as the boss as well as any one else. You also need to be calm.

There is a Cesar Milan tape that deals with training a border collie on a farm. I just dont recall what season or episode it was.

As a start though try the "aagh" and sit you may find it helps!

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Old November 24th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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It sounds like your dog is excited to play with you - excited for your attention. What do you do when she ignores training and starts jumping up on you?

If she's craving your attention, make sure you only give it to her when she exhibits the behavior that you want. Try to ignore her ("no touch, no talk, no eye contact") until she settles down, then praise her. I also find it very difficult to get any training in with my dogs when they haven't been exercised - they need to release some pent up energy before they can focus well on the lesson... Hope that helps?
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