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Old 07-09-2018, 08:11 AM
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My Border Collie is stressed around my kids

Hi all,
Flash is a one-year old Border Collie, and we have him since he was 6 weeks. For some reasons he is really stressed around my kids, but only when theyre playing or theyre noisy. When hes stressed he is chasing invisible things in the sky, running around jumping like he wants to catch some flying insects. At the first glance he looks like hes playing, sometime jumping to grab leaves from a tree, but hes doing that for a long time beyond exhaustion.

I think the reason for jumping and running like crazy is this: When he was 4-5 months old Ive noticed a what I thought to be an overprotective behaviour. For instance, when I play with my kids, he comes between us, and sometime grabs my hand to make me stop. This is not only towards the kids but to all of us. I tested couple of times by asking my wife to pretend she slaps me, and every time he intervened. We tried to correct this by not encouraging him and a firm NO every time he did it. Because we start forbidding him doing that he started chasing flies, somehow redirecting his stress towards this. Now every time kids are playing he instantly starts running and chasing the sky.

But the things got worse, and now just the presence of my kids outside provoke him this behaviour. Yesterday I was working at something in the backyard and Flash was sleeping calm next to me. As soon as my daughter came outside he started running and fixing the sky, like an automatic response.

This is not happening only around the house, but everywhere. If Im in the park with the kids hes doing the same thing.
Lately, I instructed the kids to put him in the leash if they want to play and Im not home. But this doesnt help at all, hes more stressed, and he start growling at my kids, and even bit my daughter today (no puncture). And now Im really worried, I have no idea what to do next, or how to take care of this problem.

More about Flash:
- Hes not castrated yet
- He is walked approx. 2hrs /day twice a day, every two or three days I go with him in a park for dogs to socialize (no problem with other dogs)
- The laud noise is not the trigger in this case, weve been watching loud movies together and he is always calm.
- Hes somehow sensible to vibrations. For instance, when I use the electric shaver hes trying to bite it. Now he got used with it, but hes not comfortable though.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:27 AM
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Hi @EugenP and welcome to DF!

I'm sorry to hear that you're having some trouble. As someone with both a BC and children, I understand how much management that requires.

Since your dog has bitten and is performing an act that really must be observed to give an accurate (and safe) evaluation, I'm going to suggest that you find a behaviorist in your area that utilizes positive training methods.

This thread will now be closed for further comments as this is beyond the scope of what random people on the internet can help with.

Best of luck and we'd love an update after you have met with a behaviorist!
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