My Lab Collie X is now coming up to being 18 months old. I have taken her to a Puppy Training School, although if I was to be completely honest was a waste of time. I had already taught her the basics, sit, down, leave it.
Background on myself I am now a 50yo woman with a disability, I have owned two dogs, my first was a Shepherd, my second was a rescue puppy who I had for just over 15 years. My third is my Labrador, Collie X, more Labrador.Background on myself I am now a 50yo woman with a disability, I have owned two dogs, my first was a Shepherd, my second was a rescue puppy who I had for just over 15 years. My third is my Labrador, Collie X, more Labrador.
I am aware she needs exercise not only physical but mental, the best physical exercise I am able to provide her with is fetching a ball. I did have a young girl who was taking her out for walks, something I am physically unable to do. My partner works, when he feels like it, he will take her to the beach, but is either too tired or not interested in walking her.
Now to the problems, SheezaWMD, I know it is probably because she isn't getting the exercise she needs, but she is a Weapon of Mass Destruction, she is chewing holes in the walls has chewed through a door, she is an opportunistic thief, and more recently, our neighbours who have a newborn have asked to keep her from barking.
I am trying my best to get her to come when called, (click and reward), she only does it when she wants to.
My main concern at the moment is the destruction to the house, items she steals and barking. I am ashamed to admit it, but I have found the only way to stop her destruction and barking, is my partner now puts a muzzle on her when he goes to work, when I get up, the muzzle comes off. Surprisingly she doesn't fight not have the muzzle put on her, doesn't try to get it off, and our home is still in one piece.
After a game of fetch, she is worn out (so am I), this is when she will start stealing things. We have now made it standard practice to keep all doors closed, and have gated off the lounge room.
She is a high energy loving dog. I don't like seeing her in the muzzle, but I am at my wits end, at how to stop her from doing what she knows is wrong.