Then keep them chained. It's better than getting killed. Teaching dogs to stay within "invisible fence" is very hard and it's a long process. Dogs do tend to jump fences and escape if they're bored.
Originally Posted by Claudia3564
You have herding breed and that's what they do. I don't see the point of stopping the dog doing something that's in its genes. If you don't like it - get a different breed. Sorry to sound harsh, but it makes no sense to me to have a dog that displays a certain breed specific behavior and to want it to stop. You can probably redirect a behavior to something of equal or greater value, but you will have to find out what it is. Or get a couple of sheep for her to keep her occupied.
I am mainly looking for a way to stop this. I know it is her instincts but it surly can't be healthy to run in circles and herd something that can't run away all day?
Some dogs are more posesive than others and will not readily give up what they claim as theirs. Either don't put them in a situation where Mollee can hurt Ellie, or try practicing to take and drop things (toys, food, whatever) on command, first just one on one, then when Ellie is around, then practice with Mollee and Ellie at the same time. I can't really describe in writing, sorry.
Problem no.3 - Drop it
As a way to exercise both dogs together i play fetch with them but the problem is neither of them drop the ball once it is caught. I have tried a number of times to teach Molle and she will drop it on command when no other dogs or cats are around (she is very protective of her ball) but as soon as Ellie is involved the best i can get is to get mollee to lay down at my feet and prise her mouth open with my hands and grab the ball (she will only let me or my mum do this, if Ellie tried to take her ball Mollee is bit Ellie very hard and fast on the nose). Ellie on the other hand just gets the ball and runs for her life cause Mollee is always chasing her untill she either drops it or Mollee pins her down to steal it.
Last edited by Fedra; 02-14-2011 at 05:55 PM.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.