George the Collie Vs Training Pt.8

Personality crisis….


So, Gentle George is now 6 months old and progressing nicely towards becoming a lovely dog.

After flying through house training and basic puppy commands, he started puppy school a few weeks ago.

Now, George is doing well but there seems to be a little creeping trait coming in.

Going through some basic commands recently, I noticed a little reluctance to do as asked. Nothing major but it did require a firmer tone to get compliance.

It is likely nothing to be concerned about and chatting to my wife about it we wonder if it is just him growing up. Getting a little more confident and his personality showing through.

We certainly wouldn’t be looking to stamp out personally traits in the lad but it’s interesting to see him develop.

We’ll keep an eye on him and ensure  he knows where he stands but he does need to know his place in the pecking order.

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5 thoughts on “George the Collie Vs Training Pt.8”

  1. He is sort of a puppy “teenager” right now, isn’t he? That might explain it.
    Just a suggestion: some dogs are more likely to respond quickly if they are excited about doing their task. Perhaps a bit more of an excited tone of voice would help. Some dogs would also rather work for toys than food, especially if you set aside a special toy that they only get during training. But if your trainer advises against those things, do what your trainer says of course, because I am not a professional dog trainer nor have I actually met George. 😉

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  2. As peacelovepointers already pointed out George is right on target for hitting that juvenile stage where he will test boundaries, push buttons and decide “Err… no” just for no reason than to decide he fancies being a rebel and to see what you do about it.

    From experience I tend not to worry too much when that little defiant side starts creeping in particularly where you need to up your tone of voice in order to get the same response because to me it shows they’re confident enough to push their luck a little bit and developing their own unique personality and starting to let hit grow. It’s also worth keeping in mind that for dogs as smart as George, they’re easily bored and get fed up with us asking things of them repeatedly so keep certain aspects of training short and sweet and be sure to always when it’s still fun.

    Aim to do as many different things and try out as many different new experiences as you can possibly fit in at this age because it helps dogs find their feet and develop new skills and strengths but also helps you to work out what really keeps his focus and attention which once you know is a training tool like no other. Tap into what works for him and he loves, enjoys and what keeps him focused and attentive.

    One of my very few “rules” if you will is that young dogs aren’t checked, corrected or punished for pushing limits, testing boundaries and trying me out for size once in a while. They can’t and shouldn’t be allowed to start deciding what’s what or get away with deliberate defiance mind you but there’s a fine line between letting them develop character and personality and being kept down and stopped from just being who they are.

    Sadly our youngest Collie came to us at just short of 9-months old having spent all of his life living inside a small outdoor kennel and he never experienced anything other than the sound of barking, shouting from a well-meaning but harsh handler and constant cramped confinement. Poor lad hadn’t even seen toys so helping him make the transition and learn to develop confidence and his true personality at the juvenile stage was all about letting him just be and what his former owner would have gone nuts at him being allowed to do. Just four months down the line and he’s a different dog save for a few issues that may stay with him for the longer term but we can certainly live with.

    George is fortunate to have owners that sound the decent type more collies could use so I’ve no worries there but just keep in mind naughtiness isn’t necessarily a bad thing. On the contrary it’s a sign he’s not frightened of you or the consequences of being a bit of a rebel!


      1. Ahh well if you figure out how to stop him climbing on you and clambering up for snuggles and cuddles and generally being too close for comfort let me know! I’ve yet to stop any of mine and from experience it’s usually the gent collies that are particularly fond of getting up and all over you!! The ladies are pretty “Meh” and give or take about it but the gents do love being close.


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