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    Question OCD Dog Or Just Plain Crazy?

    Hey folks, my name's Joel and I have a crazzy dog!

    He is a bit of a mixed breed, but mainly boarder collie (father), with a couple of other breeds from the mother.

    In general he is very well natured, and will laze around, but at other times he is nuts. If he sees a reflection on the roof from anything, he will go crazy chasing/looking at it. He goes into an almost trance and you have to clap and yell his name to like break his gaze.

    The other thing he does is runs and runs and runs. When we let him down into the backyard, he will continue doing laps indefinitely. A route about 50M over and over and over again until we call him back. This would normally be okay, but he barks and annoys the neighbours while he runs and I'm a little worried about him wearing his joints out. He also takes big run ups and leaps into the air and snaps and trees, the roof, and just nothing sometimes adding what I think would be significant strain to his joints over and over again.

    When it rains as well he will just jump straight into the air the whole time snapping at rain drops, and if someone is smoking he just runs and snaps at the smoke.

    Do you guys think he is OCD or something? Is this common? People have suggested putting him on clomicalm, would that help ease these sorts of problems? Trying to yell at him when he's running round the yard to get him to stop barking is just not working.

    Any info/tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks all! Joel

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    What sort of stuff do you do with him?

    Agilitiy? Obedience? Herding? Runs on the beach?

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    How much exercise does your dog get?
    Border collies are working breeds, if you don't give them a job to do they will find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    What sort of stuff do you do with him?

    Agilitiy? Obedience? Herding? Runs on the beach?
    Everyday arvo we take him into our big backyard and he does a route about 500M long absolutely flat out for about half an hour, and swims in the river at the bottom of the yard all the time. We figure this is far more exercise than her could ever get just coming for a jog/walk with us. And we always do basic obedience stuff with him, rolling over, sitting and waiting before meals etc.

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    It sounds as though you need to be doing something structured with him. Perhaps consider going to obed classes and doing agility? You need to stimulate his mind as well as his body. Make him think

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    Have to agree - his busy and active mind is occupying itself, you need to occupy it instead.

    He needs structured excercise - running flat out on the beach will never tire him out - these breeds can run flat out all day. It is the thinking and working stuff out that wears out a working breed. Their bodies will not stop as long as their mind is still going...

    Even half an hour on lead walking, including heeling, with sits, turns, drops etc will wear him out much more than free running - which only reinforces his scatterbrained approach to the world. Funny as that can be it is obviously losing it's charm...

    Like Occy said, try to find some local obedience classes - ours run once a week and cost a gold coin donation. They are an excellent place to get advice and help with him - and can lead into agility, flyball etc whch are great fun.

    Good luck with him - keep us posted!

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    There is also stuff you can do at home. My dogs used to love 101 things to do with a box and any box dropped on the floor still gets cappy going

    101 Things to Do with a Box | Karen Pryor Clickertraining

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