it really depends on the age of the dog. but hey you could try and get a herding title on him. maybe use the childeren as the "livestock"? lol j/p.
The dog is either a Border Collie or a BC/collie mix.Originally Posted By: JeanKBBMMMAANWhat is the breed?
Have they started obedience classes with a positive type trainer?
Good that they are doing management by removing the temptation until the dog knows what they are doing/should not be doing!!!!
Also I am not sure how to train the kids-I am sure that parents may have some little tips to make them less appealing.
The dog may be stressed by kids and not a good match for kids-that is something they are going to have to explore. I think it takes a special, stable dog to truly enjoy being around children.
I would do Nothing in Life is Free (NILIF) with the dog to try to help it.
I would check out the Yahoo Shyk-9 group.
What I would do, in addition to classes is work on a fun and ironclad leave it command. That usually happens into the classes a little more, after some of the basics.
When I teach leave it I start out using absolutely no value items. Things the dog doesn't care about and can leave with no issues. Then start adding more enticing things as they begin to understand the idea of leaving it, working up to things that are second only in value to the reward of leaving it.
My goal is to have the dog come to me for a leave it command. Did not work today with one of them and all my dogs are going to be doing a two week leave it boot camp! My leave it is not to be questioned! EVER!(laughing at my power trip)
I put the dog on a leash in the beginning of the leave it. Leave it is supposed to be a fun, happy thing (unless someone screws it up, Mario...). So dog on leash, kleenex waiting to be shredded is dropped on the floor. We walk past and as their nose goes down, I say-usually in a different tone-I start out high and happy - LEAVE IT and put the higher value treat that I am holding in my right hand down by their head and lure their head up and looking at me. If the dog is struggling I will give the leave it treat (people food) right at the time of the word leave it to mark it-not giving them the chance to make a bad choice. Say good leave it! Working toward over time the dog automatically looking up for the eye contact to get the leave it treat.
So, in situations where the dog wants to do something I don't want them to do, I can use leave it and they just do-which is very nice. I think it would apply in this situation, and if not, they have something fun to do with the dog, because when they get good at it you can toss a handful of treats in the air, do moving leave its, etc. and watch them work through it.
My Schipperke mix (bred to kill rodents) and Chow mix were tossing a bunny they found and I yelled leave it-they ran to the porch for their leave it treat. So it interrupted some major prey drive!
Um, I prefer "sensitive". I think that is actually true, but I attribute it to a great degree to human mismanagement - not enough stimulation at the developmental stage. They are really cute puppies, but people don't realise how much work they are, and once they are out-of-control adolescents, they get dumped. So the positive experiences in puppyhood have been missed, and you have a neurotic dog who is terrified in the shelter - at least, that was my experience.Quote:but the ones I have met are a little on the neurotic side.