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Awesome Collies: Behaviors/ Avoiding Behaviors
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        Thank You for visiting Awesomecollies.com. We devoted this section for our new pet owners and others who could use this information to help with their purchase and training of the new family member. There is a great deal of information with a new puppy, so we wanted to offer this information as a reference only.

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      This section has to deal with understanding the dog’s Behaviors and how to avoid Behaviors and we wish to state that this is only our opinion and we want to inform potential new owners of precautions to consider whether you purchase from us or not.

Again, Thank You for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

 Potential Behaviors:

Behaviors is a large subject to cover. The breed, age, training (or lack of), and genetics all have implications. The items below are to help before a problem occurs.

There will always be a hierarchy with dogs. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as equals among dogs. It won’t matter if they are male or female. Most of the time the older dog will set the standard unless he/she is outclassed. Then as the owner you must decide for them as the dominate.

If your dog lives in the home then never feed him/her before you eat. The dominant always eats first in the dog world and they will view this as such.

Be wary that sometimes headstrong dogs will try to dominate you, your family, or older pets. As the owner, they must be trained of their status. The most common trait is ignoring commands, a demanding bark, or marking their territory inside the home.

Because we have post-secondary education in dog instruction and training, the most asked question for the toy breeds is about the difficulty of potty training. Toy breeds are absolutely notorious for not wanting to be potty trained. They spread their smell in the house to dominate and mark as their own and are extremely difficult in breaking once they start.

All too often, our second question is that of Pitbulls.

  1. Pitbulls are commonly owned for their looks without people fully understanding the reasoning for their instinctive behaviors which could turn into destructive behaviors. Pitbulls are commonly territorial, their independent thinkers, they were once used as deadly hunters capable of ignoring pain, they can be fiercely loyal to their owner, will lay on anything warm, and they can suffer separation anxiety.

      2. Ultimately, the PitBulls are what we term “Velcro Dogs” and we highly recommend them for people with                        anxieties, PTSD, and such who are in need of a dog in this service…These are the more common good/bad                    behaviors.

There is a difference between a breed of dog that is instinctively protective and a dog that is territorial.

Dogs will become frustrated if their natural instincts are suppressed (Beagles and barking, Border Collies and energy, and many, many other examples). Rather than fighting these instincts it is best to find productive scenarios for the dogs to play out their natural abilities.

We, ourselves, do not incorporate a game of tug-of-war with any dog we train. This game stimulates dominance and gives the dog the mental power to compete for the hierarchy in the family unit.

Border Collie males are not typically headstrong at all, unless allowed. Some females have maternal instincts for their puppies and children and some do not. Not all Border Collie females make good mothers (their jobs become more important).

Rottweiler males can mostly be headstrong and domineering when at a young age. However, as they age they are very loyal and protective.

Rottweilers are eager partners but reluctant slaves. Training and discipline must be both firm and consistent.

Female Rottweilers for the most part can be maternal towards children and definitely maternal towards their puppies.

Researching breed traits (good and bad), considering children, and asking questions from an unbiased source is a good way of understanding what to expect.

 Digging and keeping cool:

Digging is a natural instinct for dogs to keep cool, so please be patient with them.

In the summertime, we found that fans in dog houses does not do well for the dog. We do, however, put frozen two liter bottles of water in the houses in the mornings/early afternoon and this is accepted and used by the dogs who lay against them to keep cool.

Home and garden or pet stores should have a harmless spray to keep dogs out of flower beds. As a point, azaleas are deadly to a dog if digested.

Stones and rocks along a fence line won’t always work to stop digging. Putting a layer of dirt over their own feces in the holes, this will stop them almost immediately and leave a scent only they will smell for a long time.

Provide a cool shelter out of the sun, something that allows them to watch all sides of their territory. Dogs will usually use their houses only for their protection.

Rottweilers do not like excessive heat. During the summer months, we either allow ours to stay indoors during the day or let them dig deep holes. Rottweilers love the cold weather.

We monitor our Border Collies during the summer months and make them cool down if necessary.

Sights, sounds and smells:

Scent is a dog’s primary sense, hearing second, and sight third.

Dogs think with scent, identify with scent, and recognize everything with scent.

Dogs are able to smell up to three feet in the ground, underwater, and even odors under home flooring.

They see better in dim light and only have 20/20 vision up to 75 feet. If they bark at you from a distance, then speak to them.

When training, your tone is as important as the command that is given (stern no’s, and excited gentle praises for example).

Body language is important when training and when approaching other dogs.

Dogs respond well to hand signals along with commands. Be repetitious when training to avoid confusion.

Be wary of sharp loud noises scaring your dog ( lightning and thunder, guns, fireworks, TV’s, excited children playing, etc.). Most will desensitize with age and prevent the urge to run off.

Border Collies are extremely sound sensitive and Rottweilers are very sensitive to movement.

   

    We hope these points of interest help you in your future. Some are fact and some are our opinion but if you’re in doubt we recommend consulting your Veterinarian. Periodically, we update this list as people ask questions, so feel free to check with us occasionally.

Thank You again for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

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