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Ok we got a puppy about 6 months or so ago (free off freecycle) he one year old now, he is a good dog but he is sooo restless, he jumps up all the time we have tried training him but nothing happens, we take him for walks on a regular basis. When will he settle down? He is a kelpie x boarder collie, I know these breads of dogs are genarally playfull all the time but I would really like if he was more settled so that Hayley can be around him more.
Has anyone taken their dogs/pups to obedience school? Was it all worth it? He digs holes, tears and chews everything up, hes getting out of hand. I think it would have been better getting a cat or a small dog such as a maltese or whatever.
i will be watching this thread! We have a 'puppy' hes about 8 months old and hes a cattle dog. Gets plenty of love and attention and gets played with all the time but he is just an endless source of energy wont sit still at all!
Kelpies, collies and cattle dogs are all working dogs. They need regular exercise each day and a big yard to run around in. This is what runs in their breed.
it would be worth enrolling them in puppy school because once they settle down into their breed, they are all lovely dogs. but it takes time, patience, love and plenty more time.
I was going to say the same things as Mum2bug. Working dogs need A LOT of stimulation and need to be trained. They thrive on activity. Also puppies are pretty much a andful anyway. We have a German Shepherd who is 4 years old and still thinks he is a puppy!
Definately obedience classes would be the way to go, but as far as changing your dogs temperament thay will always be an active dog as its the breed.
I think obedience classes are a must for any dog but especially working dogs - your pup will prob really enjoy the classes and then perhaps you might think about agility classes to keep them active?
I am a vet nurse and also teach puppy preschool, these working breeds really benefit from agility training, they are born to work and use there brains if they are not stimualted on a daily basis they can be very boisterous and destructive, agility tends to quite them down.
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