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Aug 22, 2016
Older BC and Puppy BC Fighting
by: Anonymous

We have two Border Collies: one a rescue who is 6 years old and has a high anxiety level regarding food, being left behind in the house without me and loud noises. We give her a half or full dose of St. Johns Wort (safe all over the Internet) to calm her down. I believe we are her second or third stop. She has no herding instinct, actually afraid of farm livestock. The second BC is a one-year old puppy. We had a brewing fight in the car 2 days ago when the puppy became stuck between the car seat and side of the car, at which time the 6 year old began the vampire snarl and moved very close to the puppy. The puppy assumed the same snarl. I saw them in the car waiting for me, and rescued the puppy, scolding the older dog. She seemed to be just waiting for the opportunity to get to the puppy and harm it. Last night, a fight in the car over a pizza crust when they both had one. This morning, a fight at the rubbish bin. The puppy has a strong herding instinct, and when he knows we are all going to leave home he begins herding the older dog. We stop this behavior as soon as it happens. Anyone out there have a similar situation? Would really like some help with this. We are actually considering sending the older dog back to Washington State rescue because she has so many issues and has ongoing problems: sneaking around for food form the puppy's dish, not following commands that she knows, wandering away when asked to come in an open setting, and many, many more issues. The only thing stopping us is our grandson's feelings for the older dog. My husband has really had it and feels the older dog is really affecting our quality of life.

Apr 24, 2012
Pinch Collar
by: Adam G. Katz

What you're going to want to do is: Buy and learn how to properly use the pinch collar. This will allow you to correct your dog in a manner that is meaningful. The choke chain collar is very difficult to give a motivational correction with. And it requires more "muscle" than I like.

The pinch (prong) collar is more like power steering.

Let the dog where a short leash attached to the collar, when you're in the house with him.

Below is a video I created to properly fit the pinch collar. You will want to get a small one for a puppy this age.

Also consider my book where you will have unlimited access to me in our members only forum to discuss your progress and training questions.


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