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    Hi 'margoo' - maybe not an obsession for Riley – but an extreme dislike ! Riley hates me getting on the ride-on to mow the yard ! He is OK when I do the puppy yard and the front of the house – he is watching and is pretty calm – but as soon as I take the mower down the back of the property – his stress levels rise very quickly !

    He has to be very close to me all the time – running up and down beside the mower. He has even stood in front of the mower to make me stop and get off – just to sniff me and to check that I am OK !

    Last week, the young lad that is helping me (who Riley also loves to bits) – was cutting down palm trees by himself. Well Riley’s stress levels hit the stratosphere ! He didn't know who he should be looking after !

    Riley’s solution – stop the lad – by goosing him and running away – again and again – the poor lad thought something had happened to me ! Riley achieved what he wanted ! Lad stopped cutting down the palm trees by himself and I stopped the mower !

    After a rearrangement of chores – the lad finished the rest of the mowing in the big yard.

    What did Riley do ?. After checking that all the gates in the puppy yard were closed - and so I couldn't get out without him knowing – he went to sleep !

    Poor little brown dog ! Life is really toooo stressful for a little ‘too smart brown pup’ at my place !

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    Riley, that's hilarious. Loved it!!

    Nero does that when we go to the beach. He loves it - but apparently it's only save for himself to swim. We, poor buggers, have to be rescued by him

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    gypsy is obsessed with 2 things, very similar too nero, her basketball and water, especially if her basketball is floating around in the dam, she will spend hours swimming around after it. And if you dare pick it up, she will chase you around all day to get it back!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    @ Lovely Dog, its our LabX. The Border girl likes to chase but her prime interest is to chase Nero chasing the ball... if that makes sense. I think it's a herding thingy. He won't take his eyes off the ball and she won't take her eyes off him

    Days later the popped old tennisball is still a favourite. It doesn't bounce, it doesn't float and we almost lost it in the pond yesterday. But somehow it is still more interesting than the new bouncy one I bought him...
    I hope I wont get banned for posting a video I took of dogs I walk, but this vid shows the border kelpie cross I walk, being obsessed with a blue heeler. It seems to be this one in particular, and more than just herding he shadows the bluie. They regularly have little snipes at each other but with one ball obsessed and the other dog obsessed, its bound to happen. Amazing dog obsession (border collie) V tennis ball obsessed dog (blue heeler) - YouTube
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    lovely clip!
    yes, funny how the object obsessed changes, but the behaviours are remain the same. Lit up.
    i pity the dog being followed somewhat though.

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    How funny. Our borderX girl shows exactly the same behaviour when Nero fetches balls. She won't take her eyes off him and even nips him occasionally when she gets really excited. He doesn't seem to mind though... I think it's harder for me to watch then for him to bear. I'm with you Bernie... I feel sometimes a bit sorry for him having such a pushy gf.

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    Mine has a thing for food, lol... mmmmm foooooood.

    He's pretty well behaved to be honest.

    He loves casing cats, rabbits, birds etc, but if I tell him not to he usually will sit back and chill.

    I guess the only thing he is absolutely obsessed with is going for a walk. If I dont walk him he will sit at the back door crying. If he is inside he will pace up and down and whine.

    Its a good thing for me he does cos sometime im so knackered from work that I cant be stuffed.

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    Our new girl Millie (the 3yr old yellow lab) is obsessed with water. She 'digs' all of the water out of the bowls and picks them up and leaves them around the yard. We've had to resort to filling a ceramic pot base with water as she can't pick it up and doesn't seem to dig the water out of that. She loves lying in the shell pool as well. I'm keen to take her to the beach so she can go nuts there.

    Our boy Loki (7 month old black lab) isn't really obsessed with anything other than me and Millie. He just wants to be near everybody.

    Unfortunately they are both obsessed with killing their outside dog beds. They don't wreck the inside dog beds but the outside one is totally destroyed after only a few days.

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