B-and-B Posted May 20, 2018 Report Share Posted May 20, 2018 So apparently my two Holstein....er... Border Collies are normal with their grazing habits, but they have another trait (or I should say response) that is bothersome, and intrusive at times (more on that part later....) Any time my wife and I hug each other, they go crazy with barking. We have tried calming them and calling them over to pet them while we are hugging, assuring them that , no, the Alpha male is not attacking the Alpha female. When we had just Shadow, we never saw this behavior. Even with the addition of Dustie when Shadow was 5yo this behavior was not present. This was not really present on a regular basis except for the last 6 months to a year, which is about when we moved into our new home. Lately it seems to be getting worse as they display this behavior with ANY hugging of friends or family. Just an informational side....Shadow is very laid back, and calm, takes to strangers with a tail wag, Dustie on the other hand is rather high strung, barks at anything and everything that moves outside the house ( she barks at the mailman when they deliver the mail to the mailbox at the end of our 300' driveway.) Greets strangers prepared to do battle but so far has never been aggressive with anybody. She almost strike as the type who is just a big blowhard and presents all big and loud just to scare people away because she is actually a great big chicken... So you can see the barking with hugs is getting irritating, where this becomes intrusive is if the wife and I try to pursue a little 'alone time' if you get my drift....even with closed doors they bark up a storm (even howled at one point I think...) which can be, well, distracting... lol Any thought on ways to address this behavior or is it 'normal' Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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