SS Cressa Posted April 16, 2013 Report Share Posted April 16, 2013 I realize that sounds like a joke but I am serious. Has any one ever dealt with a dog that seems like he has a death wish? Right now I am still shaken. But Troy has: at home: -jumped from a second story window to concrete -Jumped a gated from the top of slippery stairs -Jump to the top of the fridge and off again -turn the stove on and almost starting a fire. -Stands so close to the fireplace/heater he started to smoke and I had to litereally push him away and refused to let him get close to the fireplace/heater since he tried again and again. (Even my puppy know better than to stand THAT close to the fire/heat.) When brought with me: -Escaped from the car to play in a busy parking lot -Will freak out till he is over heated. (That isn't a constant thing and I generally don't know why he is doing it. He isn't hurt. There isn't anything different. Just sometimes he just can't handle me being away from him. This can be in the car, in a xpen, in a kennel at different places. When he gets freaked out his thunder shirt will help him calm down.) On walks: -Tries to jump off cliffs (mutiple times on different outings) -Tried to jump into a deep pit (that took everyone by surprised) -Tried to drown himself (that happen yesterday and really freaked me out.) **He knows about the cliffs/pit in advance. (Ex: with the pit he had stop to check it out since it wasn't there before then continue walking with us. The next time we went around the loop Troy threw himself towards the hole?! And the next time we made the loop he tried again?!) Most of the above I just manage. Like keeping windows close, kenneling him when I am not near him, making sure he is with me, trying to always be aware of him when he is with me and having the appropriate supplies with me aka thunder shirt/calming pheromones, putting a leash on him near cliffs, etc... Right now I just feel like to keep him alive I have to be on high alert 24/7 and constantly expect the unexpected. Plus I am still freaked out. On a side note other than this last incident he never has actually hurt himself from any of his attempts. This isn't an attempt to make light of suicides I just havent a clue what else to call it. Also these behaviors are not 24/7. It more like at least 1x a month he is going to try to kill himself. You never know when he is going to try. Just that he will. ETA: Troy is 5 years old. And he is the only border collie I know or for that matter the only dog I have know that does this. Ex: With the deep pit. The other dogs came by to investigate the pit then avoided the area. There wasn't any critter that caught his attention. Didn't see any and his behavior would have been different. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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