|Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 7:15am PST |
|I am completely 100% biased for (working) Border Collies over any other breed, and I'm not ashamed to say so, BUT the one thing I've learned from living with Nix, is that if there is any reason I would not want another BC in the future, it would be because of the fears and phobias that can come out of nowhere.
Like for example your BC will be positively A-OK with some simple everyday occurrence that she's heard every day of her entire life like the telephone... but then one day, out of the blue, the phone rings and she leaps up with a start; and with tail tucked as far between her legs as it can go, she tears off to find a hiding place, where she huddles back and shivers in pure terror, not wanting to come out even for her favorite treats.
Now, Nix has never shown fear of the telephone, but the first thing he did show a completely irrational fear over was me making fart sounds with my tongue. I sometimes blow raspberries when I'm bored. At least, I used to. :P
I haven't since the day he randomly decided to have a complete meltdown over the obscene sounds that were coming from my mouth. It's not like it's something he never heard before. He just decided on that day that from then on it was a scary noise.
His most recent phobia (not irrational considering I know very well what happened to cause this one, but it was still a challenge to overcome) was riding in my van. He'd refuse to get in, and when he did, he'd pace around, panting and shivering, he was so terrified. Like I said, I know what happened to cause this fear though. It was because he was there to watch ME have a breakdown when my van.. er... broke down. I made a big deal over it, so he made the unfortunate connection that my van=scary place that makes master cry.
With a lot of work he's more or less over that fear, thank goodness since we have a cross-country road trip coming up in less than a month, but I can honestly say the one thing I don't love about my heart breed is the random phobias. Expect your BC to have one. Whether it be fear of thunderstorms, the vacuum, the sound the toaster makes when it's finished, car rides... most of my friends with BCs have their own tales of their dogs' phobias as well.
Edited by author Mon Apr 29, '13 7:27am PST
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