|Barked: Mon Apr 1, '13 7:58pm PST |
|It would make sense that some breeds have better depth perception than others. When I got in to grooming I learned (very quickly) that certain breeds--particularly Beagles and Jack Russells--seem to think themselves immune to gravity. I'd always have to be extra careful when getting a Beagle or JRT out of the top kennel, because they will always, ALWAYS try to launch themselves out of it, as if the ground is right there. Beagles are especially bad in the raised tubs and on the drying tables too. And it wasn't a dog-to-dog behavior either. ALL beagles act this way. ALL Jack russells act this way. I gotta think these breeds (and others who act similar) just don't have a very good concept of height and depth.
While other breeds, like Shelties for example, usually seem to understand that they cannot just leap off a table and land without a thud. They hold still better.
My brother's old dog (a GSD/Husky/Lab?mix) would always walk with him to the overpass that went over the freeway, but she would stop in her tracks when they got there, and absolutely refused to walk over it. I don't think it was the noise from the traffic, as it's just as noisy walking up to the overpass. It's only the point where it reaches off the ground where she would stop and refuse to go one step further.
I believe Nix is scared of heights too. He does OK on the grooming table, but he definitely knows he's up high, and he definitely doesn't like it, and if I wasn't there for moral support I think he would be one of those dogs that flattens himself to the table.
He's fine going over certain bridges that aren't too high ... but there's one particular bridge which is several hundred feet off the ground (the main attraction of the "High Bridge" state park that runs through Farmville, VA) and is about half-a-mile long. Every time we walk over it, Nix will crawl the entire way. If we stop to look over the edge he sits, hunched up to make himself look small, tail tucked, ears back. He loves the rest of the trail, but he HATES crossing that bridge!
Edited by author Mon Apr 1, '13 7:58pm PST
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