hollysmith22 Posted December 7, 2014 Report Share Posted December 7, 2014 Hello I am new to the forum and new to dog ownership and so far I have found some really great advise in the replies to some topics on here. One thing that would be great to hear is success stories following up from issues people have had with their beloved Border Collies. Here's a little back story of my puppy Merry and I would love to hear from anyone the progress their dog has made and any tips on how they got there. We rescued our 12 week old puppy Merry in August from a rescue centre in the UK. Her mother was picked up as a stray, when they discovered she was pregnant she was placed in a foster home where she gave birth to 8 puppies. She was only 8 months old herself so practically being a pup she did not take to her pups and after 2 weeks the fosterer decided it was too cruel to try and force her to feed and the puppies were hand reared.We got Merry home and we fell in love instantly but within a few days we noticed that she was scared of people if they visited the house. We assumed this was due to all the changes in her little life and we just continued to introduce her to new people in the home. Once we could take her for walks we realised that she was terrified of almost everything from cars to people. The only thing that she wasn't scared of was other dogs. If someone was stood still she wouldn't walk past them in the street. We also had an incident where a man bent down to stroke her and she growled and snapped. We sought the advise of a trainer straight away and soon learned that we had to be our dogs protector. If she is scared of people then we have to tell people sorry they can't stroke her and to just ignore her as she is scared. I am now an advocate for my dog and I think she knows now that I'm not going to let any scary strangers try to stroke her. We have been working with 2 wonderful trainers and she goes to training classes where she passed her Kennel Club puppy foundation a few weeks ago. It was lovely to hear from the trainers that she is a different dog to the dog they first met and she even gave one of them a kiss in our last session. After meeting people 3/4 times she is their best friend so I don't think she hates people she is just scared of unknown people. I understand she may never be a dog that loves people and that does not bother me either way but I want her to enjoy going for walks and I would love it if she could like people enough to ignore them and not be so scared. I have already seen progress with Merry after 4 months but we still have bad days where she will decide that someone is just too scary to walk past in the street. (We always try to cross over but sometimes people appear out of nowhere it seems). It would be great to hear from people who have nervous dogs and to hear how much progress their dog has made. She is also terrified of bikes and reactive towards them on lead. We were on a field where no bikes ever go (its far too muddy and doesn't lead to anywhere and i also chose a rainy day) so I let her off lead as her recall on a long lead was good. She was great and very attentive towards me and kept coming back and sitting for a treat. That was until a bike cycled past on the other side of the canal at the very bottom of the field. She ran the whole length of the field to the waters edge and I was so terrified that she was going to swim across to carry on chasing the bike. Fortunately she didn't but that means we do not let her off lead any more. It seems that there is no where that we can guarantee bikes do not ride these days so I cannot risk her being off lead as even if she clocked one in the distance I think she would be gone. We are working on desensitising her to bikes but from some things I've read it seems like the chasing may be a behaviour that is going to be very hard to break. She needs to be able to run and play off lead and I hope that one day I can be confident enough to let her off. She is much less reactive towards bikes on lead now but I would love to hear from anyone who has had a collie that chased bikes/cars and how they worked towards fixing the problem and the progress they have made. Sorry for the long post! TL:DR I have a very nervous pup who is scared of everything except other dogs, particularly strangers and one that chases bikes. I would love to hear some success stories from people who have dealt with similar issues and to hear how far their dogs have come. (Pics of your beautiful dogs would be lovely too). Thank you. Here's a picture of my little girl, although she's not so little anymore! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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