We got an email from reader Sandra L. about her new 10 week old Border Collie puppy …
“We have a 10 week old Border Collie puppy, a little male, with a real temper. You can see he’s become attached to my boyfriend and me, that he likes us, but when he gets into one of his crazy moods no one can stop him. He wants to chew our fingers and toes, we stop him, but he doesn’t respond to our squeaking, or “no” and just starts biting harder and harder. We end up having to crate him because he becomes uncontrollable. After that the demolition of his crate starts and he only settles down after we take his toys out of the crate.
We have had our Border Collie puppy 10 days now. Before we got him he was living with his brothers and sisters in a stable, where a man would only come to bring food or spend just short period of time with them. This puppy loves people, and he’s happy around them, but it seems to us that he thinks of humans as one of his toys.
Can you help us with advice on how to handle this problem? How to put him under control but without hitting him or causing him some further traumas?”
My first thought is it sounds like this little guy has not been all that socialized with people in his first few weeks of life which might be part of the issue. Would suggest to get with a dog trainer or a local rescue group for some advice. Readers…thoughts?