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I got a Spitz Mix (according to the vet), but I think it's an Australian Border Collie, or a Border Collie mix, I know she has Border Collie in her. She doesn't grow in size and is medium-sized, she is about 1 year old, could be younger than 1 year old, could be just a bit older than 1 year, 1 year and 1 month or 2 maybe. I didn't trust the former owner, so I asked the vet and he says it's around 1 year.

My question is: is it late for me to teach/train her, for example, to tell her what to do, where to go etc. I've had her for about 3 weeks, but sometimes she's very stubborn and doesn't come to me even if I call her name. Why is that? Can I still work on her, or it's late now, as she's 1 year old?

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You can always train a dog no matter the age it takes patience and you may want to consider renaming her if you kept her name as her previous owners may have punished her while using her name. Start fresh like she was a puppy....teach her to look at you when you say her name, click (if using a clicker) or say something like yes, then treat. You can always get her into an obedience class as well
 

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Spitz Mix ... Try saying it three times really fast :D

Dont believe that old wives tale about you cant teach an old dog new tricks ... You can train a dog no matter what his or her age is hun , its fun for the dog and you

Do you have any full body pics of Bubi ?
 

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You can always train a dog no matter the age it takes patience and you may want to consider renaming her if you kept her name as her previous owners may have punished her while using her name. Start fresh like she was a puppy....teach her to look at you when you say her name, click (if using a clicker) or say something like yes, then treat. You can always get her into an obedience class as well
I thought changing the name would be stupid and it wouldn't work, as she was called Bubi for more than a year now. I don't think he punished her or something, don't want to be that pessimistic and negative-thinking lol
 

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Oh you got her from a private owner, I thought you got her from a shelter. Well just start slow, you cant expect her to come to you, a new owner, when you call her name. You need to train her that coming to you is a positive thing that deserves lots of treats! :)
 

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Spitz Mix ... Try saying it three times really fast :D

Dont believe that old wives tale about you cant teach an old dog new tricks ... You can train a dog no matter what his or her age is hun , its fun for the dog and you

Do you have any full body pics of Bubi ?
It really is hard to say it three times and fast ^^

Yes, I have got a few pictures:











 

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Oh you got her from a private owner, I thought you got her from a shelter. Well just start slow, you cant expect her to come to you, a new owner, when you call her name. You need to train her that coming to you is a positive thing that deserves lots of treats! :)
No, I got her from an owner, a friend of my friend, to be more exact. He had 3 dogs, 1 German Shepherd, the one he sold me and another one similar to mine, but a male. He decided to get rid of the Shepherd and the one I have now and keep just the other one. :)

Maybe he didn't treat her as I'm treating her, but I'm sure he didn't punish her or something like that
 

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Sweet :)
there could be BC in there somewhere , she's a beautiful colour

You can change her name should you want to ... when we got Teddy from the rescue last sept he was almost three years old and they asked us whether we would be changing his name ... as it turned out we thought he suited his name and liked it too so didnt want to , but a dog will easily learn to adapt to a new name given lots of patience and of course , lots of treats :)
 

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She looks very very small....what is her weight? I think spitz for sure, not sure about Border collie, tho I have seen small BC's
Yes, but Spitz's ears remain high don't they? I googled 'Australian Border Collie' and it was very, very similar to my dog. I'd say her weight is somewhere between 4 or 5 kilos, maybe less. I can hold her with both my hands in the air.
 

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Oh no worries...she just can't be stuborn if she doesn't know what you want.


well, I'd teach her, her name first, say it once and wait for her to look at you and when she does say "YES!" and treat....lather, rinse, repeat...once shes doing that you can increase the distance....that is if you want to use her name for a recall.



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A search of 'Australian Red Border Collie' in Google (images) displays these pictures:





Those dogs in those pics look very similar to my dog, when she runs she's the same as in the first picture, and her tail is the same as in both pics
 

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Oh no worries...she just can't be stuborn if she doesn't know what you want.


well, I'd teach her, her name first, say it once and wait for her to look at you and when she does say "YES!" and treat....lather, rinse, repeat...once shes doing that you can increase the distance....that is if you want to use her name for a recall.
Ok, cheers for the advices dude :)
 

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I don't see spitz at all either. And for the record vets don't know everything about dogs- they know about health. Breeds are not THAT important as MOST breeds are treated the same, and usually it's a type that will be different (brachies, and sighthounds mostly)

I don't know what you mean by "Australian border collie."
there's an Australian shepherd, and there's a border collie.
Your girl may be a poorly bred (not saying this in a mean way) BC but she looks like she's mixed with something smaller, don't really see much Aussie there
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