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    Question Strange Behaviour - Walking Related?

    Hi guys I know I haven't posted here for ages, but my problem is this: Bonnie, my 18 month old border collie, has some odd behaviour that I need to fix. So I had some horribly time-consuming assignments, and I didn't take poor Bonnie out for four days - but guess what? She was fine with it, and took it like a good girl. She didn't wreck anything, chew anything up, and to be honest I did go and play with her on my breaks, I didn't completely ignore her (before you throw those reproachful comments my way) . But this is annoying - and actually, I have noticed a pattern. She is literally better when I don't take her for walks, as far as the chewing thing goes. For instance, after that 4 day 'no-walk' period, I felt insanely guilty, so I took her down to Kingfisher and let her off for a run. We stayed down there for about 45 minutes to an hour, which is about right, and we got home and she was fine. Trouble is, next morning I go outside to feed her, and what do I see? Both the back door mats dragged around, chewed and frayed at the edges, the hole in the backyard that was just getting good again 'reopened', if you like, and the cushions pulled off the swing seat and dragged around (not, luckily, ripped open like the other one). WHAT!?!!? How confusing - our other dog (may she rest in peace) did the exact opposite, and we could handle that, because we understood that. She didn't get walks - she chewed stuff up from boredom. Fair enough, I can see what she was getting at. But this one, oh no, she's not the regular dog. She likes to turn things upside down and confuse her owners. I am not going to accept this behaviour any more, and I wish to train her out of it, or find some way to stop it. I do feel bad though, because our block is big for the area, but it is still only a suburban block - not acreage or anything. So she doesn't get a good run till I get home and walk her, but she's better when I don't? I am thoroughly confused, but I took her for a walk today, and I guess we will see what happens tomorrow morning

    P.s. I am also trying out a new technique to stop her pulling on the leash, it is working GREAT! I might just add that I saw it on a training show, and within two walks she hardly pulls at all (though she has her moments). I'm very happy with this, as I have tried dozens of other tricks with no results. If anyone reads this and is having trouble, what I do is I have the check chain right up at the back of her neck, and when she tries to pull, you give it a quick jerk, stop, make them sit, and wait till they focus again. Then go forward - I can't believe how well it works!

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    Removing mats, cushions etc, as much dog proofing that you can and kongs, toys etc may also lower your frustration levels. No advice to give on the walking though as my dogs are on acreage and exercise themselves.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I would, but like I said she only does this (once) after I have walked her after a spell of no walking, but normally she's really good, so I don't usually need to remove the mats. Its so weird, she gets over it in a night...

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    maybe she gets home and finds she still has energy to burn as she is all amped up from being out? the fact she doesnt do it when she hasnt been walked is a mystery! :P

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    when she tries to pull, you give it a quick jerk, stop, make them sit, and wait till they focus again. Then go forward
    I do a variation of this with the flat collar. If my dog starts pulling. I stop walking, call her back to me, give a pat or treat when she's back to the right position, and then start walking (reward). We don't move anywhere until she's back with me. No jerking around required.

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