my partner has a border collie, Jack who is about 10 months old. He is not desexed, though that is on the cards as i slowly convince my partner he doesnt need to be entire as he isnt a show dog or breeding dog. he is very submissive, to us only. he will not play ball or anything like that, and when we play ball with my husky x retriever girl, Luka (2yrs) he squats down and waits and then launches at her face as she is returning. i am afraid this will one day take out one of her eyes as it has come close.
as for excersise, i dont believe he gets enough, my partner doesnt walk him because "i work 10 hrs a day, i dont particularly want to go walking for an hour or whatever when i come home" and i am unable to as he is just so strong with the pulling and i have medical issues that make it hard.
we take them to the local dog park and when we get there Jack is fine, (Luka is just a social butterfly and plays with every dog she comes across, big, small and in between!) but after awhile, if he comes across a smaller dog who submits to him he then starts herding all the dogs and will not listen when called, doesnt respond to any form of discipline or rewards when he does something right cos he just nicks off again. its caused us to have to leave half an hour after getting there, and sadly, this means my Luka misses out, and i cannot take her back alone as its not fair on Jack, and i am sure my partner would not be pleased about it if i did!
i understand this is his instinct. but nothing we have done seems to stop this obsession with herding! he will not listen, you literally have to smack him on his flank to get his attention and even then its only brief. we have tried the whole stopping it before it happens, and alas, it happens anyway. i never had this problem with any other dog, (i once owned a kelpie x shepherd who was wonderful and never had these issues, but was also a working dog) and my Luka is well trained and will listen to me (and for some reason only me)
how do i get him to listen? he is barely trained because he will not listen, and i also know it is an issue of training my partner who wanted this specific breed but doesnt do anything with jack to teach him anything but bad habits (like jumping and such). the dog is 10 months old, and is just simply a pain in the butt. he is loved and well fed, but this training issue is just driving me nuts. i dont want to sound like i am blaming my partner for this but he insisted on a border collie, wont do anything with it and now i cant do anything about the dogs behaviour because its so intense.
can anyone help me? we cant really afford the fees for a behaviorist to come out as it is in excess of 600 dollars and i am on the pension
this is the dog in question. the one higher up on the stairs is Luka.