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    Default Hello!!!

    hi, im new i am currently 14 years old turning 15. I have a 5 month old border collie pup called zoey. She is black and white with the pure markings shes also very smart, but there one thing that has been making our family get rid her. She will not stop pulling the cloths off the line. We have tried sprinking black pepper around the cloths line but that didnt help is there any other ways that we csan stop her?

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    Hi there,
    I'm sorry your family are considering getting rid of your dog.
    Pulling clothes off the line is a hard one. Border collies can jump high and they think it's a game.
    Perhaps putting a fence around the line may help? It would be expensive though lol

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    This is the sort of thing that lands many Border collie and kelpie pups in rescue or at the pound.

    This is a very common problem. People are simply are not prepared to deal with the high energy and need for structured work that these dogs require. She is pulling clothes of the line to entertain herself because she is frustrated and bored.

    Tell us a bit more about her daily life - how much exercise does she get, is she an outside or inside dog, does she get plenty of interaction with the family. Are you doing obedience with her and how much time do you spend with her every day.

    Do you provide interactive toys for her like stuffed Kongs, bones etc..

    Is she crate trained?

    Then I can help you a bit better if I know what the circumstances are.

    I own 6 of these types of dogs so I know the work and committment that is involved.

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    ok, so i caught her again today pulling the cloths off it seemed like she thought it was a game of tug-a-war. Well im usally outside playing with her which is when i never see her near the cloths line i usally feed her around 8:00 and when i go outside theres usally a whole lot of clothes off the line so i think she pulls them off at night or in the morning she is an outside dog and she is not crate trained but she stands next to the door to tell us if she needs to pee. We walk her a lot for a long time but some days we a little busy so i walk her around the street. I play with her the most in the family. We do not take her to any schools but we are looking at taking her to one soon because school started its been busy. I usally go outside every hour i love the outdoors. She has HEAPS of toys around 14 different kinds but she dosnt really play with them. I read most pups go to the shelters around this time and i do not want to get rid of her.

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    Okay I think what she needs is a structure and some routine.

    You also need to pick all her toys up and dont give her unlimited acces. You need to select a toy and play with her with it. That could be tug or throwing a ball or kong. You may like to stuff a kong full of goodies so she can spend a few hours trying to get them out of the kong. My dogs love treat balls where they have to roll it around to get their kibble out. This could be the way to feed her kibble - make her work for it.

    Pups are usually awake at first light and ready to go. By the time you get out at 8am she is bored out of her brain and of course has ripped all the clothes off the line.

    On the days you hang the washing out you need to contain her - maybe put her in the laundry over night or start crate training her and leave her in a crate.

    My youngsters are all crated over night. But you need to be up early to let her out -You need to get up a bit earlier anyway and do a bit of training or playing with her before you feed her.

    Mental exercises such as obedience training is very important for a dog like this. You might like to experiment with a clicker and teach her all sorts of cool tricks.

    Finding a dog club will be excellent.

    Remember she is a baby and it is your resposibility to invest the time at this stage of her life. It does get easier but if you dont invest the time now you will have escalating problems with a breed like this and this makes them harder to rehome.

    If you really cant invest the time now you need to find her a home that will. Dont allow the problem that is fixable now to become an entrenched problem.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 03-26-2011 at 12:35 PM.

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    I would ask Mum and Dad to take her to obedience classes.

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    I agree with the above comments.

    You can also give her other things to do. Hide treats around the yard. Take a plastic cup (with your parents permission of course) half fill it with water and put a few treats in there. Place the cup in the freezer and you have got a fun iceblock treat for your pup.

    It can be hard. Border Collies have a lot of energy! You might consider taking her to another kind of class - Flyball. It involves fetching, running and jumping! I take my dog to these classes and there are heaps of Border Collies there!

    Good luck.

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