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  1. There is usually a third option; nonsensical. It won't do anything for your dog in relation to stockwork, even if (and that's a big if) he realizes he is looking at sheep, there is obviously nothing he can do with them. I don t see any reason why one would try to make a dog interested in sheep on a screen. If you tried this on your pup and you noticed he was interested in this chances are it was just the moving stuff in front of his nose. And not unlikely any video would have had that effect. I would not want my pup to become reactive to any moving thing in its surrounding. So good, certainly not. Bad? Could be, so why even risk it? Plenty of usefull stuff to do with your dog ( personally I think every activity that makes me put the bloody phone away is great...). Anyway, you are posting in the stockwork section, are you planning to do that with this pup?
  2. My suggestion would be a sturdy walking stick. But if the worst happens, the terriermanblog had some good pointers on how to handle a dog fight. Had to implement that information once, and it works. Here is the link https://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2011/08/knowing-what-not-to-do-in-dog-fight.html
  3. It's called brace, and is a special sort of trial. Not all dogs are cut out to work together like that, and it is rather advanced stockwork. You need to be an experienced handler with excellent dogs to pull it off.
  4. Three words. Put Him Down. Though there is one word that jumps out from your story, the "force free" trainer. Does this positive only approach go for your entire interaction with this animal? He is clearly the boss of all of you, and this behavior is pretty much ingrained by now. He even confines you in spaces in your house, and you let him out of fear of being bitten, that pretty serious. A dog bites me only one single time "with intend and force"; immediately a ton of bricks will come down on his head! Off course one would ideally not let it come to that... Your story is very detailed about how the dog is pushing everyone around, including the trainer ( bitten multiple times?!) I read nothing about what consequences there are for the dog when he has just bitten someone. To be honest, I don't think you have much of a chance to change this dog. You would need imo a rather draconian approach, nothing in life for free, you call the shots. All the shots. All the time. At the moment your dog is the boss in your household. His aggressive behavior will worsen first when someone will try to put him in his place. And you are afraid of him as it is, even with him doped up. Hence my rather harsh first sentence. I do agree it is not an option to rehome the dog. EDIT; Looked up your history on the boards, and see you had a topic on this, called "biting". I even posted there arguing for a more corrective approach. Sorry to read things have escalated this way.
  5. I think keeping alligators, crocodiles, pythons and so on as pets is a great idea, you know, from a Darwinian point of view. https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2182428/indonesian-woman-eaten-giant-pet-crocodile-after-falling
  6. Probably a good name for a cocktail too, for some reason something vile like jack daniels in red bull springs to mind.
  7. Hm, in that case I'd like to propose "Fuzzy Lurcher"
  8. Isn't everything easy when you know how to do it? I mean, I don't think raising a horse from a foal to a riding horse is particularly difficult. But guess what, I spend some decades gaining hands on experience.(At the moment we have 7 horses on the farm at various ages). I agree in that I don't find training bordercollies very difficult. I do remember the learnig curve though, pretty steep at times. But then I am talking mainly about the stockwork part I know someone ( the guilty shall remain nameless) that habitually ruins perfectly fine dogs because of his/her lack of experience combined with a strong resistence to be educated. Unless this person makes a basic chance in attitude there will never be a usfull dog on that farm. For people like that it will always be very difficult.(In this extreme case it is of course always the dog who gets the blame btw.) Imo bordercollies are more likely to become problem dogs beause of their drive and intelligence than a lot of other breeds. As a rule I don't advice people to get one (you know unless etc etc).
  9. I think it is the opposite. Intelligence makes an animal harder to train. Domestic animals are in general (way) more stupid than their wild counterparts. Luckily (most) bordercollies are very biddable. Allows us to train them despite their smarts
  10. What are you expecting from a ten week old pup? I don't think you need "new command ideas". Less commanding rather. Sounds to me like you want too much too soon.
  11. I really don't see the logic behind your reasoning. "Expanding freedom and responsibilities" comes after having trained the dog, and you do that, by definition, by restricting the dog's freedom of behavior. You don't start to trust your puppy before you have trained him what it is you want him to do or not do. By the time I start to trust my dog and give it responsibilities it has reached an age I don't call it a pup anymore. I get the feeling this is trying to implement a good sounding philosophy without any practical method or value. In above post you put forward all kinds of questions you apparently don't have any answers for.
  12. Sorry, in a bit of a flippant mood today. My point was, a nine week old bordercollie pup nippy, and not perfect on a leash? In my experience normal behavior at this age. It will pass. Of course both you and Sue give fine pointers in how to handle the situation. More helpfull than my jocular post
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