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Old 06-11-2017, 03:27 PM
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Rescue collie terrified of TV

Having owned only collies for 32 years, we decided no more dogs since loosing our Meg after 12 years, but spotted an ad for a deaf dog in Wales.
we fell in love and have had the rescue collie for about 18 months, she's roughly 7 years old and we believe her to be a working dog ( retired)
The farmer gave her up as her hearing was failing and was a danger round farm machinery, which I can easily believe as you can Hoover right up to her, even the lawn mowers fails to cause concern with her.
She's a well balanced dog, and despite being say 90% deaf, is easily beckoned with hand signals, she has trained us to feed her at 7:15am and 5:15 PM, is now after 18 months very affectionate, plays well with other dogs and generally has a well deserved happy life.
Problem from day one, she won't stay in the room when the TV is on?
Being excessively food orientated, she will do anything for a treat, and that's been a great aid in training, but the TV is the exception.
Show her a leg of lamb and she would walk over broken glass to get to it, but switch the TV on, and she will drop it and run.
We've tried it with the sound off ( she's not 100% deaf) , the contrast turned to black and white, makes no odds!!
She can be sat with her back to the TV, but the second she sees its on, she's gone!
It's purely a visible thing.
We've tried tempting her in the living room, but its sheer panic.
Switch the TV off, she's happy to sit with us, switch it on, she's away!
It's got to a stage now where we don't watch any day time TV ( thank god) but come 6:30pm, she simply walks out of the room.
All the experts advice has failed, she won't respond to treats, and I'm at a loss as to how we can overcome this.
Any ideas?
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:02 PM
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TV's give off a very very high pitched noise similar to a dog whistle, even with no sound. I was wondering if that was what was doing it but you said her back can be turned and no response yes?

You may just need to allow her to leave the room when it's on as it seems that's what makes her most comfortable. You may be able to Slowly condition her to the tv using treats but im assuming you've tried that :-(
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Yes, it's purely a visual thing, she sits in the living room by the TV, we sometimes have the radio on through the cable TV, and this is with a black screen ( sort of standby mode) and she's fine, but if we press the "wake" button, and a message comes on the TV, and the dog spots it, she darts out the room.
It's not a big problem, but we feel sad she can't share the evenings by our side.
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It might fix itself. This may be one of those times when ignoring the problem makes it go away.

You've eliminated daytime tv, so now it's an occasional but predictable but easilly avoided scary thing. Enjoy your tv time. She'll be somewhere in the house, assessing her situation and making decisions. She'll likely be creeping closer to check things out while you are watching. If she walks in, don't notice her. Even food is pressure if you are offering food. You eating your own food is fine. You leaving food on the ground is fine. Just don't interact, as she may feel you are trying to coax her, coaxing is pressure.

My guy was terrified of vacuums, and kitchens (not kidding about the kitchen). He figured it out. Kitchens had food, so he got over it faster (still has slips and relapses, but to a vanishing point). Vacuums were easilly avoided, so he did. One day he chose not too. He had a seriously vexed look on his face and held his ground, as if he made the decision to stay in spite of it all. He still sometimes avoids the vacuum, which is fine, and sometimes doesn't, which is also fine.

I think the flickering lights is just seriously weird stuff--think ufo landing in your back yard. She needs time to figure out what normal is. Congrats on your dog.
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Old 06-23-2017, 12:16 PM
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Bless you for adopting a rescue. My coliie is almost blind. He's a ex farm rescue too, He is not freaked out by the TV but on a night he prefers to curl up by the door. Last night was the first time he settled down on the dog bed in the lounge.
Give it plenty of time.
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Yes, it's purely a visual thing, she sits in the living room by the TV, we sometimes have the radio on through the cable TV, and this is with a black screen ( sort of standby mode) and she's fine, but if we press the "wake" button, and a message comes on the TV, and the dog spots it, she darts out the room.
It's not a big problem, but we feel sad she can't share the evenings by our side.
Just out of interest how is she with laptop screens or monitors and that kind of thing?
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Just out of interest how is she with laptop screens or monitors and that kind of thing?
Funny enough, we can use the laptop ( even to watch a movie) but even the 15" TV in the conservatory drives the poor dog to a panic.
I think if I did show the dog the laptop screen, shed run, but she's quite happy with me using the laptop.
To be honest, we simply watch less TV which can't be a bad thing can it?
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How odd. Yeah you're right in that it won't do you any harm to watch less TV and there's no reason she should be made to get over whatever her issue is but it would drive me insane wondering what it is she doesn't like. Reason I asked about the laptop was wondering if seeing people inside the little box is freaking her out but if she's OK with the laptop it can't be?!

I'm currently trying to tackle issues with one of my collies who has a debilitating fear of squeaky toys (well the squeaker) I cannot get my head round one bit. Will probably post a new thread at some point but it's the most bizarre thing I've had with a dog to be honest.

Collies are an odd lot sometimes
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