05-15-2011, 12:34 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
OK! I get it better now! I hope someone with herding dog experience chimes in here. For now, I might just try to avoid that situation as much as possible, as it seems to be very self-reinforcing for her, so the more she patterns staring at the cars, the more of a habit it becomes. Some relief may come as she gets older, but I agree with you, in that you need to tackle this somehow with a training program. She is clearly already very well "trained" to do this behavior the instant you put your feet on the sidewalk. Its fascinating! I wonder if, as you look back in time, exactly how that pattern was initially established... that is you put your feet on the sidewalk, and she goes into "stalk the cars" mode. Maybe there are some answers in there somewhere. Sometimes when I cannot figure out how to change by dog's behaviors, if I discover the origins of the behavior, I can backtrack a bit and design a plan to deal with it.
You sound very knowledgeable and like a very good trainer with your dog. This must certainly be a solvable problem and I wish I could be of more help!