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    How to deal with a bratty dog?

    This dog honestly has bipolar or something. He is a collie, we've had him since 2012. He growls at me 24/7 and other people. He tries biting me, I can't handle him. It annoys me beyond belief, I literally feel like punching him. How would you deal with it(the dog)?

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    Take the dog to obedience training. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

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    Get rid of the dog. If it bites someone... You're liable. That could run into some $$$.

    Then... Get another dog if you really want one.

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    I'd get rid of that dog.

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    Keep the dog muzzled. If he bits someone you would be responsible for it. Next, how much exercise is the dog getting? Collies are notoriously high energy dogs. Start taking him on longer walks or even better, runs at LEAST twice a day. Behavioral problems in dogs are often caused by or made much worse by pent up energy. Next, get the dog into an obeidence class.

    If you do not have the time to take care of a collie properly and give it the stimulation it needs, then yes, get rid of the dog.

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    Research dog trainers in your area for help in dealing with the dog. It's a quality of life investment and well worth the assessment from an expert.

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    Ideally by having him in training classes since 2012. Collies are very smart but they are herding dogs and need jobs and attentive owners.

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    There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

    You didn't train him properly and now you're blaming the dog? Get the dog some training. Dogs need discipline and routine. You've allowed him to become the pack leader and he's putting you in your place.

    To everyone suggesting she get rid of the dog: that's pretty cruel. You're going to dump an untrained dog at a shelter?? It will never get adopted. This is the owners fault for being too lazy or ignorant to train their dog.

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    [QUOTE=Iggy5129;6608232]There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

    You didn't train him properly and now you're blaming the dog? Get the dog some training. Dogs need discipline and routine. You've allowed him to become the pack leader and he's putting you in your place.

    To everyone suggesting she get rid of the dog: that's pretty cruel. You're going to dump an untrained dog at a shelter?? It will never get adopted. This is the owners fault for being too lazy or ignorant to train their dog.[/QUOTE]


    This, ive seen it so many times at the animal hospital its pretty sad

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    The dog does not need training as much as you do.

    I have had Australian Shepherds all my life and they are wound up tight and ready to go all the time.

    First off are you a woman or a man? Women have a harder time being the Alpha and need to put a little more effort in than a man does.

    So the dog growls at you? When? When you come home? When you get near his food? When you get near your spouse? You need to be more clear on when this happens.

    Obedience training is only as good as the pet owner so perhaps you should look into some reading material before you plop down a bunch of money. Google "Sit Stay Fetch" I have recommended it to several people and it has helped them a lot. Even though I am very experienced with training dogs I still go back to it occasionally.

    It could be territorial growling and biting but without more info it is hard to say.

    The dog needs you so don't give up on him. I must also note that there are occasionally dogs that cannot be handled by certain types of people or simply cannot be broken from destructive behaviors. I had a mix my dad brought home once that started killing our live stock and hard as I tried I could not break him of it.

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