nxpress62 Posted December 7, 2009 Report Share Posted December 7, 2009 We just (3 weeks ago) got a very sweet bc, Keira, from a shelter. We don't know anything about her life before us, but she has been pretty easy to housebreak, and seems very healthy (after getting her over a short case of kennel cough). The problem is; I have owned several bc mixes over the course of my life, and I never took the herding instinct thing very seriously, and now, appparently I have adopted one with a pretty serious drive. The first issue was with our other dog, a 18 lb. minpin male, Turner, who she would stare at all day long, and stalk around the house or the back yard. This has basically worked itself out, the two are now pretty used to each other and play constantly until Turner hides on one of our laps. The other issue is the porch cats (2), who come in to the basement when the weather gets cold. Keira wakes every morning and loves to help us 'herd' the cats out of the basement and to the porch, where, when the work is done she becomes a great and 'normal' dog around the house. The problem is in the evenings, when it gets cold enough the cats come in and live in the basement. Keira will not leave the basement door alone, she doesn't claw or scratch at it, but stares at it, apparently willing to do it forever if we don't find some way to get her out of her mindset. I've been looking over the boards, and there is almost too much information to sort through. What is the right way to get her into a more 'normal' mindset when she is in a herding trance, or are we suppose to just let her obsess at the door (Im guessing the answer is no..) She has no interest in toys (this is a bummer, but we're working on it..) and treats aren't doing it either. She gets walked daily, and plays with the other dog, I know she needs a lot of exercise, but we feel she's still doing better with us than she was at the shelter.. Other than that she's a pretty calm, only slightly crazy, sweet and lovely dog.. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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