I really love my dog Patch... But we are border line finding a new home for him because he is so uncontrolable.
A bit of background: Patch is 2 years old, he's a border collie x kelpie we got when he was about 7-8 months old. When we got him, we got him from a breeder, who had him in a cage in her garage along with alot of other dogs. We originally went there to get a pure breed female but my partner liked Patch more as he had more "personality". In other words he was bouncing around his cage all excited.
Since then, this has been the story of Patch. He is a very excitable dog. He jumps he runs around. The biggest problem is the jumping. We can't stop him from jumping on people whenever we go out into the yard. We've tried kneeing him, we've tried just simply turning out back to him until he's stopped jumping and it works for the most part, but if we're patting him and we stop he starts jumping for more.
Another problem is we also cant bathe him. Not sure what the true issue is but this is what we think. We think he was hosed down while in the cage and the cage got hosed down at the same time, so he's terrified of water. We have to basically hold him to us to even semi get him washed but it just doesnt work. We got one of those mobile dog wash's out to wash him and they managed to but he was a handful.
Those are our main problems with him. He barks as other dogs go past the house but that we can live with as we can understand why. And he goes nuts when we're walking him and he see's another dog but we're slowly getting him out of the habit of barking and wimpering when he see's one atleast. And he pulls on his lead when we're walking, excessively. But we got one of those new head/nose leads and we're hoping to fix that issue.
But does anyone have any advice/opinions on the other two issues? I would love to spend more time with him and take him places etc, but at the moment he's just unmanageable.
Will having him castrated help this? We want to get it done, but its a matter of finances at the moment. But if its not going to help with the problems he has we wont really worry about it as much.