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  1. Thank you Mary, I appreciate your response. I couldn't remember the topic (desensitization) in the forum that addressed this issue until you replied. Still haven't figured out why this behavior has just come out of the blue, but hopefully we can get it nipped in the bud. Thanks again.
  2. Our 5 1/2 year old border collie has recently (last week) started to display intense growling, snarling, snapping behavior towards other dogs when walking on leash at the park. We normally walk 3 miles every day and many of the dogs we meet and greet are regulars and they normally greet each other like old friends. Occasionally we go into the dog park after our walk, but Kate has very little interest in interacting with the other dogs (except for the 2 border collies that sometimes come to the park)- she is mostly interested in finding someone to throw the ball for her till she drops (another issue - people don't seem to understand there is a limit) so we don't stay long. Our routine was interrupted in July when I fell at the park and shattered my ankle. After 3 months of Kate not walking (except in the neighborhood with my husband) and interacting with other dogs, we are now back to the park to our routine (we have been back for 3 weeks), slowly building distance. Kate is an intense, people friendly, happy, somewhat goofy dog (blond jokes frequently come to mind), and we are bewildered and baffled by this new behavior and are not sure how to handle it or even why it started in the first place. Any thoughts or ideas as to how to handle this would be greatly appreciated.
  3. just passin by

    your dog is beautiful looks very similar to my dog that passed away.

  4. Thanks for all of the input - I have been reading this site for over a year and have learned so very much. I guess “mother” was a poor choice of words, but I do feel totally responsible for Kate’s health and well-being, education, manners, etc. My two previous dogs were outdoor dogs; Kate is my first indoor dog - I guess she gets so much attention, she doesn’t need to ask for it. I did forget to mention that she likes to get on the bed first thing in the morning (4:30 am) and last thing at night (I never thought I’d have a dog in my house, much less on my bed) and snuggle for a few minutes - it’s just the rest of the day that it’s “Don’t bother me, can’t you see I’m busy here?”. Thanks again - I feel reassured.
  5. My first post - please forgive me if I don’t do it right. We adopted our girl in March, 2008 from BC Rescue and are curious as to a couple of quirks she exhibits. Years ago, I previously had a border collie / australian shepherd mix, then later, a purebred border collie, both of which were extremely affectionate and loving. However, our Kate does not have time to be loved on. She will tolerate a hug long enough to drop a ball/toy in your lap, then she’s off to the races. The only time we can really have any real prolonged physical contact with her is at bedtime when she is really tired - at that time she will lay down and snuggle and let us pet and hug on her. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this normal, just her personality; are we dealing with abandonment issues, youth (she is about 18 months old), lack of bonding, etc? Also, we have had to board her twice for a weekend, as I have a family member who is very ill and really not up to having Miss Busy bouncing around her house. When she is picked up at the kennel, she races to the jeep; when we get home, she races around the house gathering up her toys, races around the backyard with her balls, the whole time basically ignoring both my husband and I. Won’t make eye contact, will turn her head to the side when we speak to her and act like she doesn’t hear us (although she does wag her tail). Then back to (her) normal sweet, self the next day. She is always near us, just doesn't seem to require much affection. We love this busy little dog so much, but she is making me feel like a failure as a mother. Does anyone have any input? I would appreciate any comments.[
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