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Old 07-27-2018, 01:05 PM
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Dog likes to ‘help me’ at work

Hello, I work at a doggy daycare and I’ve been having an issue with one of the dogs. He’s a great dog, one of my favorites actually, and is still pretty young. He has a habit of nipping and going after the dogs I yell at (if they are humping, showing aggression, abou to eat poop, etc.) He’s a border collie mix which is probably a big reason he does this. He also tends to guard me and crate fight. I can handle him pretty well most of the time and he listens most of the time but was hoping for some advice on how I can control him even more. Obviously it’s his owners job to train him better not me, but since he’s my responsibility at work (and I love him!) I want to try and lessen this behavior before he get worse. It’s not at this point yet but I’d be devestated if he got kicked out of my daycare. Any advice is appreciated thanks!
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Ask that his owner teach him sit or down and stay then, when he gets defensive of you or the crate, put him in a sit or down/stay until he calms down. He needs to learn that you nor the crate need defending that he can just relax and not worry about it.
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Sounds like an instinctive herding behavior. My last dog used to do this at the stable and was actually very helpful, helped me train my younger horse from a foal and went after him and held him when the horse got loose til I got there a few times when the horse went through his young rambunctious phase.
My current dog has a gsd as a buddy that herds him when he ignores me. Whenever I call him and he ignores me or if I raise my voice and tell him to leave it she races over to him and barks and growls and nips and harasses him until he comes back to me. Love her!
This type of dog needs a job. My last dog loved helping me with the horses so I exercised him a lot and channeled his energy and trained him to be helpful to me. The gsd has an owner that never had a dog before and does nothing worth her and just yells at her for everything. I explained to the idiot what she was doing and how smart she is and how she needs a job. It fell on deaf ears but I keep trying.

Maybe suggest to the owner how smart and talented their dog is and how they'd love to work doing something to channel their energy? Having the dog sit or lie down and stay is worth trying but will be tough if the dog is young, energetic and bored.
Maybe stop the other dogs from the behaviors in a way that doesn't involve yelling and is less exciting for the dog. I don't want staff at the doggy daycare my dog goes to yelling at him. He gets stressed and starts barking and growling if people yell. And they pick up poop immediately to avoid dogs eating it and keep the place clean. And match dogs in compatible groups to avoid aggression.

My dog goes nuts if I yell at my horses and it just escalates the horses and makes all of them harder to control and more dangerous. So I've learned to use my voice more effectively without yelling. Keeps the dog quiet and in general the horses listen better. Dogs and horses hear better than people. If they're not listening they're just ignoring you because they want to, not because they can't hear.

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You still need to ask the owner's permission to train their dog. Yes you love him and i really feel you because i was once in your situation too. God bless!
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Like Shadowmom mentioned, that type of dog is meant to be out herding and burning through their energy.

My aunt and uncle have 2 collies and, while they’re definitely well-trained, they’re also given a lot of space to play together and run around. I know that they take them every once in a while to a herding range (I think that’s what it’s called but I’m not 100% sure).

Basically it works like school for humans. Owners take their dogs to this farm and put their dogs in corrals with a few sheep at first (this is level one). The dogs move up, adding more animals each time, and I think they eventually get to cows and all that stuff but they start small.

I’d suggest looking into that. My aunt was telling me a while ago about how their dog was put into the corral and immediately knew what to do. She said it was the happiest she’d ever seen him.

See if there are any of these places close by and suggest to the owner that s/he also look into it.
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