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Thread: Please help? I am worried sick? Is my Border Collie ok?

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    Default Please help? I am worried sick? Is my Border Collie ok?

    Hello, thank you very much for reading this.

    I have had a 7 month Border Collie puppy for a week now, (I got him when he was 6 weeks). So far he is absolutely gorgeous and I love him very much.

    I work as a teacher and I have to work for about 8 hours. For the past week (the five days I have been working) he has spent the day in my laundry. I have left him in a crate with a warm, snuggly bed (with the crate door OPEN), food and water, newspaper and pee pads (I am currently toilet training him on the pee pads) and plenty of kongs, socks and chew toys.

    Every day I have come home, I have snuck in the front door and he has NOT been whining or complaining at all. In fact, he's mostly been sleeping. I have been trying to come home at recess or lunch to give him fresh air, fresh water and a quick snuggle.

    I am not able to give him a proper walk while I am working because I do not have any relatives or friends near me, and I only see my daughter once a fortnight. I understand when he gets older I will need to exercise him alot, so luckily I have a large park pretty much two steps down my street where I would be happy to walk/run/train him for 2 hours every afternoon.

    I do not have any other pets. I have a medium sized yard, but it is not completely fenced up (although I could work on that) and I wouldn't be comfortable letting him roam around at such a young age. I will try to move into a slightly larger yard and possibly get a new pup for company in about 6 months. When I come home, I give him alot of love and cuddles! He is so adorable!

    I have been reading some things online about how damaging it is to leave a Border Collie alone for so long, and I have had trouble sleeping and I have been absolutely worried sick about him. I just need someone to tell me that he will be fine and what I'm doing is not cruel. Please no rude or harsh comments, I really need someone to calm me down.

    Thankyou very much for your reply.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 07-20-2014 at 09:08 PM. Reason: put some breaks between ideas

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    I have had a 7 month Border Collie puppy for a week now, (I got him when he was 6 weeks).
    This doesn't make any sense to me.

    Is he seven weeks old and you've had him for a week? Then he's too young to be away from his litter and he won't get his full immunity built up from his mother's milk and he won't learn any doggy manners from his siblings and mum. So he might have a hard time getting along with other dogs.

    If he's only 7 weeks old, you don't need to exercise him for more than five or ten minutes at a time. Basic trick training will help wear his brain out and make him tired without causing long term joint problems from over exercise. Rule of thumb with exercise - about 5 minutes per month of age.

    If I had a BC puppy from the kind of breeder that would let him be rehomed at 6 Weeks old or WAY TOO YOUNG - I'd be worried about this disease... Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome
    TNS (Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome)
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    Sick Border Collie Pup - Australian Pure Bred Dog Forums - Dogz Online

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    Yes the timing you mention doesn't make sense. However, I have had working bred dogs that have had to deal with my longish working hours. I made sure that I exercised them before going to work and when I got home even if it meant getting up early or walking late in the evening. On weekends I made sure they were included in my activities and got plenty of exercise. They seemed fine with this. I would also often leave them with a bone if I was going to be very late. I never had a problem.
    I would work on getting your yard secure and perhaps getting a dog door.

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    I agree with the others. Long hours by himself may not be ideal but it's doable if you put in the effort. On the days OH and I are both away working our dogs are being walked awfully early in the morning (OH's job) and then again at night after we come home (my job). During this time of the year it's pitch black during both walks but you can get little red blinking lights similar to those you put on a bike but for a dog collars - so you can find your dog again in the dark. I also got myself a little headlamp so I won't get lost either

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    Ok, I'm going to be blunt. While I can tell that you already love this pup and would always love him and want the best for him and it is normal to worry when you get a pup and are not sure what to expect, it is also clear that you made an impulsive decision.

    Border Collies do need lots of stimulation and they are known escape artists. So your fences not being adequate is a huge worry. They can also get quite destructive when bored. Getting a second dog when yours is just entering the naughty adolescent stage could just double your problems.

    I have to tell you the story of a friend of a good mate. He had a beautiful border collie. Everyone loved him and he loved everyone. But his owner didn't have much time because of work and family commitments and the dog got bored and would take himself for walks if he wasn't chained. He also caused significant damage to his owner's rental property. The last time he took himself for a walk, he did not come home. My friend searched for him for hours in the dark and finally found his dead body next to a busy road. The owner suffered immensely for a long time. He will bear the guilt forever.

    It's not such an extreme story. Just wanting a dog and loving a dog is not enough. We also shouldn't always get the kind of dog that we want. I love working breeds, but my lifestyle doesn't allow me to own one.

    Your pup is only tiny. He won't have formed a strong bond to you yet. My advice, which you can take or leave of course, is to rehome him now, now it will still be easy. Once your pup reaches adolescence and you realise you cannot keep up with him, he'll be just one of many adolescent border collies looking for a new home. I think it's the fairest thing to do for the dog and the fairest thing to do for you too, because you want a dog to bring you joy, not this constant guilt.

    Now I'm not saying that I think you couldn't ever own a border collie. But perhaps not now, with work and stuff, and definitely not before you can be sure you'll always have a yard with secure fences, etc.

    If you do rehome the pup, you then allow yourself time to really think about what you want from a dog, what you can offer a dog and then make a decision on whether you will get one soon or later and what type of dog would suit your current lifestyle. If part of the reason why you want a dog is your daughter, believe me, she won't care at all what kind of dog it is. (I have a mongrel dog that looks like she's made up of bits of different breeds - or even animals - glued together and my 9yo daughter thinks she's the most beautiful dog on earth.)

    Owning a dog does require a commitment, but it's not supposed to be martyrdom! Don't sentence yourself to potentially 12-15 years of guilt over not being able to give this dog what he needs.

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    Update from the dark side...

    It's a 7 week old puppy. ARGH.

    By the way - it's rude to make the same post across multiple forums. I know I linked you there but you should come and update your post here. And if you want people to be nice to you - there's less of that over there especially if you've supported a dodgy breeder.

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    There have been a couple here too recently that are on ADF as well.

    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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    yeah some forums I've been on - it's a way to get banned if the same post appears on multiple.

    But this time it was my fault - I pointed her? at the TNS link on the dark side. And she's having lots of fun over there. Only a matter of time before she gets thoroughly shredded tho. At least we know she's learning. I think the dog is going to twist her around his paw tho. Of course I wouldn't know anything about that...

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