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About EmilyandMaddox

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  1. That’s adorable! Mine doesn’t warble but certainly loves the water like yours does!
  2. Hello, First of all I am so sorry you are struggling, it sounds pretty tough for you and it is great that you want to do everything you can to have a good life for both you and your dog! I am by no means an expert, all I can offer is what I have found helpful but obviously these things might not work for every dog. I have a nearly 7 month old male border collie and whilst he does not seem as challenging as what you have to cope with he definitely comes with a lot of challenges that we are trying to manage too! One thing we have found unbelievably helpful is doggy daycare. He goes 2 times a week and absolutely loves it. He socialises with other dogs, get exercised and I know they allow time for him to rest too (we spoke to them at length before putting him to make sure he was getting the best care possible). I don’t know where you live but have you looked at day care options? Even one day a week will at least give you time to clean your house and enjoy a break! There is obviously a cost but we have definitely found it worthwhile. I think what other people are saying about teaching him to rest is really valuable. Our pup was full on all the time and getting him to learn to rest was so hard! I think he thought that when we are around he had to play with us, which in his puppy head meant attack us! But gradually we have taught him he doesn’t have to be full on all day. Sitting with him reading or watching TV and stroking him and using words like “settle” have helped him to learn we can all be calm together. Also giving him a new toy to chew or a raw hide or something settling and praise him for being on his bed resting. And finally training... I know you said you went to puppy class but is there another class you can go to for further training? Maybe the trainer there can help you to keep his concentration and reduce the frustration? I really don’t know if you will find any of this helpful and like I said we are still working on a lot of challenges too so are definitely not experts but good luck! I really hope it gets better for you. Emily
  3. Hello, Thank you so much for your replies, it's great to get some information from other border collie parents!! We have changed things up a bit since I posted, which seems to have really helped! We have made the conservatory at the back of our house "Maddox's Bedroom" - he still has his crate in there but we now leave it open for him and he can come and go when he wants. Most nights he starts out sleeping on a blanket on the floor and then gets in his crate later on, which is great for us! Generally things have been going well, he now goes to bed earlier and settles a lot quicker. Slight downside is that obviously if we have another storm I think being in a conservatory will be difficult for him but for now it's working great and we can cross that bridge when we get to it. Thank you for all your positive words of wisdom and encouragement. Emily and Maddox
  4. Hello, I’m new to the forum and looking for some general advice and/or reassurance! Sorry this post is long... We have a 6 month old border collie, generally things have been going well. He goes to puppy class and is learning well, is house trained and is learning boundaries. He can sometimes be a little anxious and seeks reassurance. He gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation in the day. He used to be pretty good at going to bed, he sleeps in a crate downstairs and would maybe give a little whine for a couple of minutes before settling down and sleeping all through the night (between about 9.30pm - 6am). He then got an upset stomach one night and woke us up a couple of times. Of course we went down each time to let him out as he was alerting us that he needed to go to the toilet. However since then bedtimes have become a battle. He will cry and bark when put to bed. We tried the tough love approach but that was really unhelpful, he was clearly upset and we have close neighbours so it wasn’t great for anyone. We changed our approach and would put him in his crate and then sit in the room quietly talking. This seemed to help, he would bark/whine on and off for 5-10 minutes and then settle down and sleep. We’ve recently had a really bad storm in the night and this scared him. We went to him when he started barking to reassure him. He also gets an upset stomach when stressed so we let him out for that. Unfortunately he did have an accident in his crate that night. We have now gone right back to the beginning and nighttime’s are even worse then before. Last night we put a camp bed in the room he sleeps in and tried to sleep with him but this really didn’t work. He just stayed awake longer! In the end we left the room at about 3am, he whined for a couple of minutes and eventually fell asleep. It was a particularly hot night so this may have affected him. It has been suggested that we put his crate in our bedroom. We are reluctant to do this as we don’t want him sleeping there all the time and also we have 2 cats, their quiet space is upstairs and we don’t want to invade that. Sorry this post is long... does anyone have any similar experiences and if so what helped? Is this something he will eventually grow out of or should we be concerned we are never going to get a good nights sleep again!! Many thanks in advance, Emily
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