We have an 8 month old border collie who is a happy bundle of energy. Recently we have begun training him on a few more advance commands than sit, stay, come, heel, lie down. He has got all the basics very quickly and is a very fast learner. rnMy concern is that when we try to teach him these new commands, he has started to run away and acts scared. Most of the time he will run and find a corner to hide in. This has previously never happened before. He has been very well socialised and attended a lot of puppy classes. We have done a range of things to see if we can change his fearful behaviour, we have tried different treats, trained both with and without our other dog, and even used his favorite toy (which he usually loves) but each time he just runs and hide.rnrnWould you possibly be able to give any insight as to why he has become scared all of a sudden over training?rnrnP.S, we do not use any aggressive forms of punishment, they are not yelled at if they make a mistake, and definitely not hit. He was also neutered about a month ago.
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Bark Busters responded:
Hello I would just try some passive training for a while, take him in the back yard and just walk up and down, if he passes you, turn around and goin opposite direction, say nothing to him - if he is beside you and looking up then of course you can say good boy, but do not bend over to pat him, good boywill be enough. Do this for about 2 -5 minutes a day....you can do it down the park on lead if you wish, but you will need a much longer lead than you use to walk him on, but not one of those retractable leads. So don't focus on the sit, drop etc. just concentrate on getting him to come to you. Hope this can help him Your local trainer Neil can help you with this/. Regards Donna J