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JuneBaby20 Thu 14-May-20 13:20:58

Hi☺️ I was wondering if anyone can help me or knows about the following....

I have a genuine lovely and kind Border Collie. She is nearly 2 and honestly sooo so cuddly and happy!
However...😕 since I became pregnant I noticed that she is actually getting more aggressive when we’re home/garden. Out and about she is herself: very happy and playful. Now when the postman comes she is absolutely losing it! She barks very aggressively and her fur at her neck is standing up. She once ran towards the postman and barked! I thought for a second that she was going to bite him!

Please help! Is this normal?! Can I still trust my Border Collie (well.. I actually don’t anymore)😭

Sarah

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Kathers92 Thu 14-May-20 13:43:17

Hi,

I have two dogs a Rottweiler and a miniature labradoodle and a now 8 month old baby.

My Rottweiler who is a genuinely lovely dog became defensive over the baby. We first noticed with my sister in law who he hardly sees. She came in and approached the baby who was asleep and my dog stood in between them and growled. This happened a few times with other people who do not often come to the house. Unfortunately this coincided with a terrible vets experience for my poor dog who was then a little nervous of new people.

I am a very experienced dog owner and both of my dogs are very well behaved/ well socialised and have good manners.

I took some advice from a trainer who we had completed our obedience training with who gave really good advice.

My dog is trying to protect the most vulnerable member of our pack, as I result I made it clear to him that he didn’t need to as I was the one responsible for protection.

If your dog growls you need to correct her straight away every single time. Keep an eye on her body language and nip in it the bud before it starts. If she continues you need to remove her from the situation (put her in another room) so that her actions do not get her what she wants. (The postman to leave).

With my dog I went back to basic commands walking to heel/ training sessions every day. I invited people round placed him in a down stay when he did not react he was awarded with a high value treat from the person who visited. I also advised people to ignore him when they first visited and to stroke him/ give him a treat when he approached them he has now built up his confidence again massively and we are not having any further problems.

My dog has never shown any unwanted behaviour towards the baby (obviously never left unattended) and is incredibly gentle.

Collies like Rottweilers are intelligent sensitive dogs you need to work with her. Dogs can become unsettled with new changes it’s not really a question of if you can trust her, she needs your help in understanding how she should act with this huge change.

I will say though my dog did not escalate to the level your dog has seemed to. He only ever had a low growl you may need some professional help in order to sort this.

JuneBaby20 Thu 14-May-20 14:43:02

Thank you so much for this information! She learns very quickly and I’m sure we can tackle the problem. She definitely just needs to be shown how to react and what’s acceptable.
Thanks!!!☺️

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frostedviolets Thu 14-May-20 17:08:13

*have a genuine lovely and kind Border Collie. She is nearly 2 and honestly sooo so cuddly and happy!
However...😕 since I became pregnant I noticed that she is actually getting more aggressive when we’re home/garden. Out and about she is herself: very happy and playful. Now when the postman comes she is absolutely losing it! She barks very aggressively and her fur at her neck is standing up. She once ran towards the postman and barked! I thought for a second that she was going to bite him*

I’m not convinced this is pregnancy related.

I also have a border collie, they are fully emotionally and physically mature at around 2.

I think that your collie has probably always been anxious when the postman arrives but now that she is reaching maturity I think one of two things are probably happening, I think she is either getting a little bit more confident and feeling bold enough to warn off what she perceives to be a threat or, she has always been nervous of the postman and her anxiety has built up to such a point that she is now reacting aggressively and showing more ‘obvious’ signs of discomfort, earlier, more subtle signs of anxiety were probably missed.

Either way I agree you need professional help.

I also agree as a fellow dog owner, not a ‘professional’, though most will disagree, that you need to catch the over arousal early and correct it, ideally before the growl happens.
Verbal correction and put her away.

If it was me I would put her in a down stay on her bed each and every time the postman comes.

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