11-26-2013, 04:21 PM
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It's not really OCD (the psychological disorder itself), but border collies do have a tendency to become obsessed over things sometimes. They're bred for extreme focus and intensity...They have to have these traits in order to do what they were bred to do, to control and move huge herds of animals that weigh over three times as much as they do. When you have one as a pet, those traits don't go away. They just get applied to other things. Especially novelty. When something is different than normal, it blows their little minds.
I imagine that's what's going on. You're pregnant now. You're different. You're giving off different scents and pheromones, you're producing new hormones. And she's obsessing over it. The best you can do is try to ignore it and give her other things to do. Use treat and puzzle toys. A stuffed Kong or something like the Kong Quest, Wobbler or one of their other puzzle toys. I have a Quest for my BC and I'll put in cereal and peanut butter and it'll occupy him for hours. You can also try doing some trick training, as Grabby suggested. She needs other things to do.
When she starts to pester you, get up and leave the room and ignore her. That gives her a consequence for it. If you tell her to stop or push her away, you're just encouraging her and giving her attention for it. If send the message that when she gets buggy, you're going to leave, she'll learn to tone it down because she doesn't want you to leave her or ignore her.