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    Hi, I just got a new puppy she is a border collie and she is nearly 7 weeks old on sunday we called her Zoey.

    Anyways I have heaps of questions first one is she keeps biting me on the arm and she dosnt bite my 2 brothers or my mum and dad she only bites me, everyday her teeth are growing and it hurts me more. Why is she biting me does she like me or not?

    Next question is we are going to put her outside but for now were keeping her inside, when should we start making her sleep outside? Remember shes only 7 weeks were thinking of putpping her outsaide when she is 12 weeks but is that to early or to late?



    Anyways please help me firgue out these problems.

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    The biting has nothing to do with whether she likes you or not. She just wants to play and chew, especially being a border collie with lots of energy. When she does bite, act like world war three has just broken out and shes mortally wounded you. Yelp in pain, and ignore her for a few minutes. If you are wearing short sleeves or shorts then rub some hand sanitizer on you, dogs hate the smell and she will not enjoy the taste at all.

    As for outside, I have no idea. My dogs always sleep inside. 12 weeks does seem somewhat young though. Depends also on the weather and where she will be sleeping.

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    Well thanks for the reply and Im going to do what you said a for the outside I am going to get her a kennel to put in the shed and it's spring but its different weather like some days it is really cold somedays its really hot.

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    Really it is best to leave pups with their siblings and mum till they are 8 weeks, this is the period where they get tuned by mum and siblings with their biting.

    However you have her now so you need to redirect the biting. Have you got chew and tug toys you can show her are more appropriate than biting you. I usually give a gentle aagh aagh and get my dogs to chew on the toys etc. You do need to stop it

    I would personally start crate training her now and have the crate inside. I personally would not leave a 7 week pupppy outside. I have done in the past due to circumstance but not any more.

    Make the crate a nice place to be with her toys and put her in there when she is tired to relax and overnight, but remember you will need to get up during the night to let her out to do her business. My dogs were all crate trained from pups and it is great.

    I hope you are not just going to leave her outside. Border collies need lots of exercise and training and need to be able to bond with their person. They dont do well just left to their own devices in the backyard. They can scale a 6 foot fence no problem if they are left to get bored and excluded from the family. Most BCs that end up in rescue or at the pound come from this scenario. They are a working dog and can be reletively high maintenence and need to do something. Make sure you give her plenty of early socialisation with different people and with friendly vaccinated dogs in a safe environment. Do you have any puppy schools close by - most vets usually run them. You also need to start training her for very short periods each day, you can use treats and toys to do this.

    I have 2 Border collies and I do agility and herding with them.
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    I know we did get her very early, the owner of the pups wanted to sell them quickly because she had cancer. With the biting she has heaps of chewing toys. Right now I us a squeky toy to get her attion to play with her toys but then she just comes backand starts biting me.

    With the sleeping at night we keep her in the langury we dont have a crate but we got a bed for her. We are keeping her inside to sleep until shes 10 weeks do think that is long enough?

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    You do need to stop her biting at you. You need to redirect her onto her toy that you are holding and you can signal vocally that it hurts. You need to start teaching her simple commands like sit and also get her used to a collar and lead, then you will have more control of her. If my pups continued to bite I would just stop playing for a short while and they soon realised that biting meant end of play.

    Border Collies can be extremly high energy and you need to start working with her now.

    As to going out at 10 weeks old, you really have to gage that yourself, in term of her progess. She may take to it okay or she may howl and bang at the door to come in. I have never made any of mine sleep outdoors so I have no experience with outdoor dogs. Just not my thing. Sounds very young to me.

    You need to make sure her kennel is weatherproof and you may find being a pup she will shred her bedding if she gets frustrated on her own. You need to make sure she has protection from the heat and the cold and wet weather.

    I hope you take heed of the socialisation and training needs of a high energy BC.

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    Again, we see a lot of BC pups in shelters. They are extremely smart and intelligent dogs.
    I love them however I don't have the time to give to the breed that they deserve.
    Toady I met Katrina Warren and the wonder dogs. Man those dog were amazing to watch.
    My dogs are out side during the day and sleep inside at night.
    Nearly 7 weeks on Sunday, so young. Good luck with her.

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    I have 2 1 year old blue heelers.
    I do as their mother did regarding biting. The mother grips their muzzle and growls. I gripped their muzzle with a NO. They learned pretty fast.

    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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    Well to start off with she hasnt got all her needles so should I be able to take her for walks or should I wait until shes got all her needles. Me and my mum are thinking of taking her to puppy school so she can learn to behave well. I do have heaps of engry for now I take her outside for 10 minutes every hour because she loves it inside a lot.

    We are also taking very speical care of her because shes only 7 weeks we give her puppy milk and also dry food with a bit of boiling water thats wwhat the owner said to feed her.
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    You definitely need to wait until she has all of her needles before taking her anywhere.

    There is no question about puppy school in my opinion, she should go. If you don't start training she will turn into a monster soon enough. It's already been said, border collies are full of energy and very smart. She will need a lot of stimulation. I really hope you live somewhere with a lot of land!

    Puppy milk is good. I'm not sure on the age, maybe another member can help out, but I'd be giving her fresh meat too when she's a bit older. You can buy chicken mince for dogs at the butcher (it's very cheap) or beef mince. You can also buy puppy dry which she should be having. It's smaller and better for their teeth and also has a lot of nutrients a regular brand won't have.

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