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#1 kadoodle

Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:26 PM

I have a 4mo girl border collie puppy. I’m also caring for my late sister’s 6mo girl rough collie.

They’re both lovely, responsive, eager to learn, sweet natured little girls. Apart. Together they’re like naughty kids leading each other on to mischief. They egg each other on to get over the fence (2m kangaroo proof one!), into the compost, into the dam, teasing poor Mama the older dog, chasing the chickens, and terrorising the cats.

Besides keeping them apart, or chained, is there any way to stop their reign of terror?

#2 *Spikey*

Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:25 AM

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


On the more serious side, chasing the chickens and harassing the cats is not acceptable. Get out some long leads and check chains, and do a brief training exercise where you check them for being interested, and reward them for ignoring the other life forms.

#3 Mollyksy

Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:48 AM

Oh Kadoodle, your zoo never fails to make me smile. Your sisters puppy sounds like she fits right in. Poor Mama dog. She just got rid of puppies and now has these teenagers annoying her! No advice only comiserations. I've been thinking of you and how you are doing. At least your zoo distracts you a little.

#4 kadoodle

Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:35 AM

Thank you both.

After some long leash work this morning, they’re both acting like butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths. I don’t believe them for a moment.

I have (hopefully) cured the chihuahua of bothering the chickens, but that’s only because one of the Isis chooks fought back.

#5 born.a.girl

Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:42 AM

Kadoodle it's not just the antics of the animals, it's your beautifully written retelling of the antics that has us in fits.

You really have a gift for writing.

#6 Rowenas Necklace

Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:33 PM

I agree, you could write a book or a blog detailing your menagerie and we'd all be hooked!

On a slightly more helpful note, the RSPCA does one-on-one training which might be helpful for dealing with some of those behaviours.

Our 6-month-old pup is a bit the same, tries to chase the cat when she gets inside, digs up our lawn - we're addressing it with training and lots of exercise to tire her out, but I'm not sure that it's even possible to tire out a border collie pup, let alone two!

#7 kadoodle

Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:24 PM

Only one is a border, the other is a rough collie (think Lassie). I’m rapidly reading up on the breed, because I have never dealt with one before. I’m also trying to get hold of the breeder for a bit of a heads up (and because I may not have the capacity to care for two puppies), but she’s on holiday abroad.

I’m assuming that they’re not actually like Lassie, but has anyone had one and can give me an idiot’s guide?

#8 KA

Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:22 PM

Would crates help?

#9 kadoodle

Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:37 PM

They get crated at night, otherwise they would destroy the house or max out my card on the internet ordering dog treats.

#10 YumChaTheSecond

Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:44 PM

Unfortunately I am unable to offer guidance without cute puppy pictures :)

#11 KA

Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:52 PM

Ok gotcha! So sorry I can’t be of more assistance. We only have one dog but sometimes our neighbour brings his pup in and they go crazy together. I end up crating our dog to give them both a break. Our dog really loves his crate so that helps.

Good luck!

#12 *Spikey*

Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:04 AM

KA, you are welcome to post a pic and your crate experiences in the Crate training thread that is stickied to the top of the forum. Lots of EB dogs have their crates, it's the bomb.

#13 ausfarmerswife

Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:56 PM

Ohhh how I’ve learnt not to have multiple puppies at once it’s like they feed off each other’s behaviour. No advice but I feel your pain.

#14 FiveAus

Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:09 PM

They sound adorable. Naughty and hard work, but cute.

I've been in Perth for two weeks for work. My husband tells me my Finnish Lapphund puppy and my 2 yo Aussie Shepherd girl have teamed up in my absence and have been creating a bit of havoc. They're about to have their wings clipped and their boundaries strengthened because the sergeant major is on her way home!

#15 kadoodle

Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:21 PM

One of the kids left the freezer unclipped, and they pulled a bag of ice out. DH was supposed to be supervising, but was playing MarioKart with the kids.

Mama and I may go camping and leave them all to it.

#16 *Spikey*

Posted 12 January 2019 - 07:54 PM

But ice..... Ice is fun!

#17 kadoodle

Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:54 PM

Given it’s going to be stinking hot next week; I may just let them go for it with a bucket of ice on a hard floor, and just mop up afterwards. Kids in one room, dogs in another?

#18 *Spikey*

Posted 13 January 2019 - 02:03 PM

I put some kibble in our dogs frozen iceblocks. I use those plastic kiddy cups as the mould. The dogs go bananas, there is nothing left, lol.

#19 born.a.girl

Posted 13 January 2019 - 02:24 PM

I wish our heat-sensitive dog would talk to this. It's hard enough to get him to eat his food, though.

Apart from cheese - I wonder if he could smell the cheese through the ice. He seems to be able to smell it through solid brick walls, so maybe ...

#20 kadoodle

Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:38 PM

View Post*Spikey*, on 13 January 2019 - 02:03 PM, said:

I put some kibble in our dogs frozen iceblocks. I use those plastic kiddy cups as the mould. The dogs go bananas, there is nothing left, lol.

I’ve just stuck some of these in the freezer for tomorrow. I wonder if the cats would like some, too?

DH and the kids took the puppies to our local dog club this morning for some socialisation and group obedience. He was very pleased that he thought they were the prettiest dogs there, and wouldn’t have a bar of me pointing out that that wasn’t the point of going there.

#21 JoanJett

Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:47 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 13 January 2019 - 02:24 PM, said:

I wish our heat-sensitive dog would talk to this. It's hard enough to get him to eat his food, though.

Apart from cheese - I wonder if he could smell the cheese through the ice. He seems to be able to smell it through solid brick walls, so maybe ...

I use cheese (or kibble or chicken) in an ice-block for my dog.  Works well for a slow treat and perfect for hot weather.

She's a lab though, so she optimistically thinks any food is only a lick away :)

#22 *Spikey*

Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:13 AM

They might. My ice blocks for the dogs are pretty big - I'd think you might need a smaller version for the cats. My two are currently snoozing away, they aren't at all bothered by the warm weather (Thai breeds, enjoy summer).

#23 Bono25

Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:50 AM

Our cats loved it when we put an ice cube in their water to cool it down.  The played with it until they could scoop it out and put it everywhere on the floor.

We also had a weird one who used to flick the water out of his bowl, and sit and watch it slowly trickle towards the drain.....

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