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Collies/border collie mix- puppy nipping


CM wrote at 2006-09-15 05:39:56
Walking is ALWAYS a good soother

Mair wrote at 2006-12-22 19:36:48
We had a shetland sheepdog and she also had a nipping issue, but I used 10 pennies in an empty soda can and everytime she would nip or bark I would shake the can and say no in a stern voice.  with in a month i no longer had to use the can and the nipping had stop.

She would occasionally try to nip when she was outside in the backyard and the kids were running around but this was part of her breed it is natural for them to use nipping when they are herding.  Anyway once you would call her name and say no she would stop immediately.

Isabel wrote at 2011-01-26 18:41:30

This is normal for them. I have a border Collie too and when he does the aggresive stuff it means he wants to play and wants your attention. Do not worry he will grow out of it.

Carter wrote at 2011-06-19 12:44:07
I had a collie golden mix and she had, it sounds like, very similar tendencies. She nipped all the time as a puppy but we just telling her no. She grew out of it and into the best dog we have ever had. Just be patient with her.  

TMA2007 wrote at 2012-11-24 21:19:27
Border collies are bred to heard sheep, when your puppy nips at your feet or your ankles, she or he is just trying to get you to go somewhere. Mine does this all the time, she's 15 and she's been doing it since I've had her. It is one of the craziest and funniest things about these dogs, they don't raise too many flags with their owners, they aren't needy, but if they do need something, they will show you!


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