Blue eyed collie's
It still gets me tickled when people don't understand our dogs LOL. I still laugh rather hard that my old apartment complex tried to claim I had a Dalmation mutt. Because Ember has strong ticking down her legs.

[Image: IMG_1575.jpg]

Welcome to the group!
[Image: e5Qmm5.png]

Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
I think there are several things that might contribute to Bronwen being reactive to cars. Fear is a common cause and her seeming to want to chase them doesn't equal her not being afraid of them. I think the herding instinct also comes into play from the point of view of being stimulated by movement mores than actually wanting to round them up. It also quickly becomes a learned behaviour, this is what I do around cars. They learn bad habits just as quickly as good. It is harder to untrained something than avoid in the first place.
I would change how walks/exercise happen for now. Drive Bronwen to a car free area to exercise for the time being and don't give her the opportunity to practice this behaviour for a while.
Work on her tolerance of cars separately. Find a park or similar where you can be a distance from the road. Remain far enough from the road whereby she just notices them but does not react. When she notices a car, immediately ask for her attention and reward her for giving her attention. If she cannot take her eyes away from the car then you are too close to the road. Gradually over time move a little closer to the road. Do obedience exercises with her, just simple sit, drop, stay, watch (focussing on your eyes) in order to engage with her and distract her attention from the cars. Eventually you end up on the roadside doing little exercises with cars passing.
Don't rush this process, it takes patience and consistency.
You are right to be worried about her being off lead anywhere near cars. Even without the car issue she is far too young to be trusted off lead and maintain a reliable recall in the face of distractions. I have found that puppies of this age can seem to have wonderful recall but I think that is more about their humans being the centre of everything. I haven't had a dog yet who's recall didn't digress once they reach their adolescent stage and start testing the boundaries. She could easily take off after a critter that has become a more important distraction than returning to her human. "My dog is usually great with recall but just took off" is a commonly heard phrase. I think a dog needs to have reached maturity, experienced many unexpected things such as critters and other dogs and have a recall that seems set in concrete before before having off leash time in anything but the most secure fenced parks and paddocks. Using a long line will give her more freedom but with safety.

Oh yes, other people definitely know more than us about our dogs. I wish I had a dollar for every time I was told my BC is an Australian Shepherd or cross breed of such. I mean, every Blue Merle Tri MUST be of Aus Shep origin yeah ?
One of my dogs was car reactive. The key is to work at the distance from the cars that your dog is still able to keep his head about him. We started about 50 feet from the road and I just had my dog sit or down as the cars approached and passed. When he could be remain completely calm, we went 5 feet closer and did the same again. We continued this until we could do it right beside the road. Then we started going for walks beside the road with a sit whenever a car was moving. That progressed to where we no longer even have to stop for cars at all any more.
Gotta love 'em.
Welcome! Lovely looking dog and love the name as my eldest is also called Bronwen and I'm in S Wales too! My pup (23 weeks tomorrow) is a Border-welsh Collie cross called Mabli.

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)