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Thread: 3 yr old Border Collie/ Aussie mix acting out. Help?!

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    Question 3 yr old Border Collie/ Aussie mix acting out. Help?!

    Hello! I am new and I have been looking for a place to post and ask for help with my dog. She is a great dog, always listens, easily trained, and very lovable. However, in the last year she has developed a horrible barking habit that is only increasing. It started as once every couple weeks she'd bark at a loud noise, but now she barks everyday all day for no reason. She has also started to have a bad jumping problem as well. I have tried many approches to reverse these issues, but nothing seems to be working. If you had any advise please let me know! Thank you.

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    Aug 2009


    Welcome Robotdarling posting from California

    Here is a site search of all the threads that are about problem barking.

    What do you do when your dog barks?

    Do you scold her? Because she would see that as approval - eg one dog barks and the rest of the pack joins in to help.

    What do you do to stop her from jumping on people? How is it she has the opportunity in the first place? Have you tried putting her on lead so she cannot jump up?

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    Do you think she could be bored? There are lots of ideas on the site on how to alleviate boredom.

    And what kind of jumping problem?

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    Jul 2010
    Rural Western Australia


    Boredom is always a possibility in these breeds of dogs. Barking is self reinforcing and becomes ingrained.

    Plenty of exercise and mental stimulation and human interaction is need by Borders and aussies. You havent given us any background information on your dogs lifestyle. We will need more detail on the jumping problem- on people or out of the yard?

    These dogs excel in agility, obedience, flyball, tracking and other activities. Long walks, frisbees, balls, tugging and other games are also appreciated. If you have a local club close by why not consider a dog sport? Very addictive and the dogs generally enjoy them.

    The other thing to consider is a possible medical reason, unlikely but when behaviours just suddenly start with no apparent reason sometimes it is worth considering.

    Has anything changed recently in her environment? have there been any stresses on her, like a change in her routine, different people, other pets etc.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 03-16-2012 at 01:18 PM.

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