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 they’re playing or they’re noisy. When he’s 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 he’s playing, sometime jumping to grab leaves from a tree, but he’s 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 I’ve 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 I’m in the park with the kids he’s doing the same thing.
Lately, I instructed the kids to put him in the leash if they want to play and I’m not home. But this doesn’t help at all, he’s more stressed, and he start growling at my kids, and even bit my daughter today (no puncture). And now I’m really worried, I have no idea what to do next, or how to take care of this problem.
More about Flash:
- He’s 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, we’ve been watching loud movies together and he is always calm.
- He’s somehow sensible to vibrations. For instance, when I use the electric shaver he’s trying to bite it. Now he got used with it, but he’s not comfortable though.