3 major dog problems

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  1. electro rc

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    Hi, I have a problem with my dog (cattle dog x border collie I think) where he ALWAYS chases cars. This wasn't much of a problem when he first started doing it because he would just run along side the cars as if he was escorting them in/out but now he snaps at the tires, runs in front of the cars, etc. an I'm worried he'll get run over. I try calling him when he goes after cars but he won't come (he is obedient and will come whenever I call him, unless he's chasing a car). I'm thinking my only option with this is a shock collar unless someone has a good way to break his habits.

    Also, he sometimes gets a bit aggressive to strangers. He's seen probably close to 70 different people and has only been aggressive towards 2 of them (a dodgy as fuck looking courier (for which I don't blame him) and a disability carer (not very dodgy looking)). When I say aggressive I mean he will spike his fur up and growl/bark at them. The first time he wouldn't come when I called him so I had to pick him up but that was a while ago. The second time he came when I called him and was only a few weeks ago. He is quite a timid dog until he gets to know/trust a person, then they're his best friend so I'm thinking his timidness is part of the cause for his aggressive behavior.

    And the third problem. He chews stuff up. I know this is a normal dog thing but he chews: Thongs, tools, hoses, plants, power cords, chairs and anything else he can fit in his mouth which isn't very well received by my dad/brother.

    If anyone can help me break these habits it would be very much appreciated.
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  2. phrosty-boi

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    I would be talking to a vet for advice, they may be able to give you some ideas of how to change his behaviour

    vets aren't just medical people they also can give advise in animal behaviour and husbandry
     
  3. Dr1fty

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    Tie him to a guardrail on the side of a freeway for a day or two, that should get the bug out of his system..



    jk

    Srsly, talk to a vet or trainer.
     
  4. bsbozzy

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    Get a shock collar for the chasing of cars.
     
  5. cbb1935

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    Re chasing cars - Maybe keep him locked up in your yard?

    Re chewing things - Remember that Kelpies are working dogs. They need heaps of mental stimulation else they'll get bored (that might explain the chewing up everything).

    Re aggression - some dogs are just like that. I know of a Border Collie that is exactly the same. It's the demeanour of the person we found out. The bloke it's aggressive towards is a big burly copper. Everyone else it's quite fine too, but can get a bit skittish at times.
     
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    electro rc

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    He already is. We live on 47acres and the house yard is about 5acres and the driveway is ~100m long and he'll run the entire length. There is a smaller fenced in area in front of the house but its probably too small for him and he plays rough (drags around by tail, etc.) with my mums cavalier who lives in there.
    Cheers,
     
  7. sam_allen

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    You've got a cross between two of the most active breeds going... your dog is more than likely under stimulated.

    The chasing of the car and nipping at the tires is a breed trait that you'll only remove by working the dog (it's trying to herd the car).

    The chewing of objects is just boredom.

    The aggression towards people can unfortunately be just as much of an issue with the person involved as it is something with the dog itself. Dogs are quite sensitive to how people present themselves/act around them. That said however, if your dog wasn't quite so bored/a little more tired then you'd probably see less of this behaviour as well.

    How much time are you spending working/training your dog? Given the breed, quite a few hours a day would normally be recommended (like 4+).

    As for the shock collar, it really should be a last resort as it really can train incorrect behaviours and result in further aggression. Try a favourite treat or even cut up bits of meat before you go that far. Even then, if the dog's not getting enough exercise and mental stimulation, no amount of training will work.
     
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    I tried to train him to heard cattle (we have 13 cattle) but I have no practical experience with training dogs to heard animals so couldn't get anything to stick... He plays with my rottie cross most of the day and runs around following my mum whenever she goes outside so he is fairly well exercised. I also sometimes go for a ride on my bike and have him tag along (he doesnt nip at/chase bikes) and he is fairly tired after that but sadly this doesnt happen very often as i usualy only get home from school on dark. I would agree that he gets bored and that leads to chewing. I have bought chew toys in the past (a tug of war rope, various foot balls of different sizes, food shaped toys) but he hasnt shown much intrest in these so I will grab something more stimulating next time im in town like a kong ball next time I'm in town as they seem to have great results with bored dogs.
    Cheers,
     
  9. hazeroth

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    Well that answers one of my problems - rescue dog (kelpie x) that I got last September has begun to chew on things such as my window frame (no kidding) and kennel fabric. I've gotten him to play with his Kong again but that only occupies him for a short time and he has no interest in other toys. I'm thinking a 2nd dog as companion, and I'm looking into this.
     
  10. elilindner

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    Chasing cars.

    This one is hard, I'm working through it with my GSD. What you want to do is having your dog on a check chain, and have a bag of treats.

    This is a lot easier if you do click training, if do it's still possible it'll just be harder to time the treat delivery.

    Next walk somewhere with infrequent traffic, when a car is coming, but the dog hasn't noticed yet, have them sit, drop / anything so their attention is on you. As SOON as the dog makes eye contact with the car, you will need to read their body language that they are about to lunge, divert their attention with the treat in front of their nose so they look at you. As soon as they look at you either click or give the food at the exact moment. Repeat this a lot, eventually, instead of going to lunge they will look at you for a treat, as soon as they do this treat or click. It takes a lot of patience, mine got a lot better after 3 nights of this.

    You can fix the growling at strangers thing kind of the same way, same principle really.

    Chewing things, you'll just have to find something your dog is more interested in chewing.
     

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