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Hello everyone,

I just registered here as we have just adopted our first dog and I need some advice on how to start her training!

I will give a description to explain the context...

We are a small family of four: me, husband, 16 month daughter and Melina.

Melina is a cross of Greek shepherd (dad) and a bobtail/Greek shepherd (mom, Aisha), she is now 10 months old. She has always lived in the same place with her mom (Aisha) and another family dog (Linda, a bobtail). We know the other dogs very well as we have lived in the farm for 3 years now but we went traveling when Melina was born so she was 9 months when she met us.
Her temperament is very sweet, she is a very happy playful pup, she loves water and playing with her friend Linda. She loves other puppies (Melina came from a litter of 9 puppies and Linda had a litter of 4 when Melina was about 4 months) she does well with other dogs and also with us humans, she is very welcoming when someone arrives and she loves kids too. She gets on amazingly well with our daughter (they seem in love with each other).

But not all is perfect of course... she has a few bad habits which we attribute to boredom and lack of training, such as chewing... chewing on toys, washing up sponges, sofas, her leash... she doesn't just chew, she disintegrates whatever she gets her teeth on.
And she eats the duck eggs, all of them all the time. There are about 6 or 7 egg laying ducks here and we never get to collect even one egg... they are fenced in but she even chews the electric fence (which is not working unfortunately) to get to where the ducks are. Aaargh!

So... I need help to figure out if what I am doing is ok or if someone reading this has experience in training farmdogs!
Ideally i want her to understand that we are her core pack, even though the other dogs and people are around. I want her to help keeping the ducks, chickens and donkey safe as well as keeping an eye on our daughter when we are around the farm. It would be awesome if she would even stop eating the eggs and just point them out to us and we reward her for it!

I started training her... we aimed to have one hour training sessions, only us with her. I thought to start with he basics (sit, wait, come, leave it, down and heel). we don't shout at all, just give her one clear command and wait for her response, we only reward her correct response. She was doing great, she is very smart and looked eager to work, she likes her rewards (I give her bits of dog biscuits). After the session we give her a bone to chew. Also, when we catch her chewing on something not allowed we tell her off, remove the object and replace it with a bone, so she understands it's ok to chew on bones..
She eats only once a day, in the evening.

At first she improved but now she went back to her bad habits..
- should we change our training routine?? Is it ok to have two sessions a day?
- should we feed her twice?? (All dogs here eat farmdog food, meat and bones boiled for a long time, with rice)
- how do I stop her from chewing? Will she get it eventually and I just need to be patient?
- how do I stop her from eating all the eggs?? We tried tying her up at night but she just chews the leash....
- how can we successfully change her behaviour even though she is in the same place as always and surrounded by the other untrained dogs etc?

Apologies for the huge post, I hope someone is patient enough to go through it and give some very very appreciated tips!!
Thank you so much in advance!







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One of the big questions that aren't asked on forums like these - is what do you want from your dog? Do you want a family dog? Do you want it to dance on command?

Only experience I've ever had with a farm dogs - was a dog pulled off the farm and brought into the city by the gf. She was used to having full run of said farm, ate what she wanted - she had dog food as well. She was a rather large husky cross, killed coyotes and whatever else was around.

So I guess you'll have to define farm, around these areas, that's what is expected of a farm dog :)

She was a good dog with bad habits as well, took patience and time. One of her biggest issues was she would intensely focus on certain things that didn't make sense at times. There are coyotes running all around this city, she would get this intense look in her eyes and we'd have to cut her off before she went to kill it. For her it was a protection thing - she learned that she didn't need to. Anyhow, just rambling.
 

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Hello everyone,

I just registered here as we have just adopted our first dog and I need some advice on how to start her training!

I will give a description to explain the context...

We are a small family of four: me, husband, 16 month daughter and Melina.

Melina is a cross of Greek shepherd (dad) and a bobtail/Greek shepherd (mom, Aisha), she is now 10 months old. She has always lived in the same place with her mom (Aisha) and another family dog (Linda, a bobtail). We know the other dogs very well as we have lived in the farm for 3 years now but we went traveling when Melina was born so she was 9 months when she met us.
Her temperament is very sweet, she is a very happy playful pup, she loves water and playing with her friend Linda. She loves other puppies (Melina came from a litter of 9 puppies and Linda had a litter of 4 when Melina was about 4 months) she does well with other dogs and also with us humans, she is very welcoming when someone arrives and she loves kids too. She gets on amazingly well with our daughter (they seem in love with each other).

But not all is perfect of course... she has a few bad habits which we attribute to boredom and lack of training, such as chewing... chewing on toys, washing up sponges, sofas, her leash... she doesn't just chew, she disintegrates whatever she gets her teeth on.
And she eats the duck eggs, all of them all the time. There are about 6 or 7 egg laying ducks here and we never get to collect even one egg... they are fenced in but she even chews the electric fence (which is not working unfortunately) to get to where the ducks are. Aaargh!

So... I need help to figure out if what I am doing is ok or if someone reading this has experience in training farmdogs!
Ideally i want her to understand that we are her core pack, even though the other dogs and people are around. I want her to help keeping the ducks, chickens and donkey safe as well as keeping an eye on our daughter when we are around the farm. It would be awesome if she would even stop eating the eggs and just point them out to us and we reward her for it!

I started training her... we aimed to have one hour training sessions, only us with her. I thought to start with he basics (sit, wait, come, leave it, down and heel). we don't shout at all, just give her one clear command and wait for her response, we only reward her correct response. She was doing great, she is very smart and looked eager to work, she likes her rewards (I give her bits of dog biscuits). After the session we give her a bone to chew. Also, when we catch her chewing on something not allowed we tell her off, remove the object and replace it with a bone, so she understands it's ok to chew on bones..
She eats only once a day, in the evening.

At first she improved but now she went back to her bad habits..
- should we change our training routine?? Is it ok to have two sessions a day?
- should we feed her twice?? (All dogs here eat farmdog food, meat and bones boiled for a long time, with rice)
- how do I stop her from chewing? Will she get it eventually and I just need to be patient?
- how do I stop her from eating all the eggs?? We tried tying her up at night but she just chews the leash....
- how can we successfully change her behaviour even though she is in the same place as always and surrounded by the other untrained dogs etc?

Apologies for the huge post, I hope someone is patient enough to go through it and give some very very appreciated tips!!
Thank you so much in advance!

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First of all, let me say that I am no expert. I was brought up on a farm in Scotland and we had several dogs. They had quite different temperaments. Some were good with children. Others had no time for them and you wouldn't trust them not to be mean.

We now live in suburban England and have a dog, a collie, as a pet rather than a working farm dog. We've had him a little over a year. Max is what we named him. I high energy breed. He's about two now. A few comments based on experience and in no particular order.

In our environment, there are lots of people around. Some have dogs. Lots of distractions. The most important thing for us was the recall command. At first we reinforced that with a treat. Not now required.

Next was exercise. We do six to ten miles a day. Off the lead. For me that's important. He can follow his nose into whatever interests him. Run around trying to find squirrels, socialise with his friends and get much more exercise than us plodders can. If you have a working dog, you need to consider that need.

Mental stimulation. This we got from a dog trainer. When we go out walking, we take small cooked chicken pieces. Scatter a few and the dog has to find them. It also serves as a distraction from other things - if you need that.

Just my personal thoughts.
 
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