My dog is always waiting around the laundry. It's the first place she goes when you come outside!!!
She is a three legged border collie and totally friendly and just wowsers. She knows this is where we store her toy. She lets you pat her for a few seconds then runs away. When you call her, she runs up to you then runs away again.
It's actually quite annoying, because she just never hypes down unless she is alone, then she curls up underneath the dripping aircon to cool down.
on Feb 1st 2013
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Border Collies are working dogs. If they don't get enough exercise and mental stimulation, then they make up their own games to keep themselves occupied. Sometimes that translates into annoying or destructive behavior. I would get her into something like agility, herding or some kind of obedience class. Good Luck!
Kali answered on 2/1/13. Helpful? / 1
You have got her toy and she wants it and nothing else matters because you have trained her into thinking the toy is hers.When you give a dog a toy thats saying here do what you want.Dogs should understand that all the toys are not thiers but yours and you only let them play with them when you like.Give her the toy only when she does saomething you like and that could be just for sitting.Take the toy away after about twenty minutes and she will be ready to do what ever you can train her because she wants the toy and will do anythinfg for it. After about four to six weeks twice daily she will be sitting before you say it.When that happens teach her something else for the toy or even buy a new one to keep her mind thinking what will happen today if i please the packleader.
This has nothing to do with with pack theory & everything to do with a bored, working dog. BCs are work obsessed..be it herding, agility, playing fetch. She has decided the toy is her job. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless she is whining incessantly about it.
Try mixing up her toys. Is there a reason she can not have the toy all the time? What kind of exercise does she get?
BCs are energizer bunnies & NEED to work. Try to come up with a job for her & she will happily switch her allegiance. Maybe work on obedience, frisbee, freestyle dance. Or teach her to put things in a basket...like socks. Anything that works her mind.
As for petting...when you're about to go on some thrilling ride or play a game..would you like someone patting you/massaging you? No..you want that excited.."lets go get em" energy.
Same with dogs...she wants to play/work, not be loved on. If you can tire her mind, her body will follow.
Good luck, & post in main forums for more help.