Thoughts on BC intolerance to dogs in General Border Collie Discussion Posted June 20, 2019 · Report reply I have four BC boys. One is quite wary of other dogs, and by and large will bark at them to try and keep them away unless he knows them quite well, but it is a "bark, bark, see I am big and scary, please stay away from me, pretty please" type of frightened bark. He has learned to tolerate other dogs being near to him if we are with him while he is on lead, but he is uncomfortable, and we do not push him to greet or play with other dogs. Another dog can be quite reactive to certain dogs, i.e. big black dogs (even labs!), boxers and a range of other dogs, especially when he is on lead. Other dogs he will go up and greet, but then we need to take him away or things will escalate. Off lead, he reacts better and is more inclined to play, but his idea of play is to chase, which is not every dog's idea of fun, and so we need to be watchful then too. Overall, he is best with other working dog breeds. One dog (our entire male) is entirely too fascinated with sniffing the private parts of other dogs. He will sniff them far past what is polite, and to the point of angering the other dogs, so we tend not to have him off lead with other dogs. Also, his recall is not the best, so we only let him off lead in enclosed areas. Our last dog, the youngest, is by far the most even tempered and outgoing of our dogs. I have not yet met a human or dog he does not get on with. He has played with a giant breed dog who was climbing all over him, and he was perfectly calm and happy. He is interested in all dogs, does not react when barked or snapped at, and would, I think, be a wonderful therapy dog for nursing home visits etc, if I had the time for it. I do not believe in overly correcting warning behaviour such as growls, so long as they are warnings, not aggression. I do not want to teach my dog not to react until it bites. Familiarising my dogs with others? Yes, this is good. Teaching not to warn, not good. You can desensitise without correcting the warning behaviour. I do not think BCs are more prone to display this behaviour than other breeds necessarily. There are some breeds which are less likely to display it, but most breeds are equally likely to display it, and some, particularly those bred for guarding (either livestock or property), which may well display it more. So what do I do with my dogs? I take them to dog club (obedience training) where they may or may not meet other dogs and have either a brief "meet and greet" or a more extended play on lead before class, before working through training alongside other dogs. But mostly, they have us and each other, and we go to a local sports park, where they get to run around a baseball diamond, chase each other, and, if other dogs approach, they meet through a chain link fence, which minimises risk of injury. Or we take them to a local beach, where they run around off lead because there is no one else around. I am a very big believer in avoiding and managing risk rather unless you can be absolutely sure of what will happen.