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My puppy has some issues regarding Cars and bicycles. She is a 8 month old border collie.
If i walk her on the street and a car is approching. She mostly stares at it with the bc typical croushed stance.
I say mostly, cause sometimes she isnt interested in the cars at all. Other times she just stands normally and stares at the cars or will lay down starring at the car.
If the car gets close she will lunge at it but Not everytime. I would say 70% of the time she lunges at the car, the other times she will continue laying down until i call her and we walk on. same problem with bycicles.
From her body language i would tell its not agression. She is just trying to herd the fast moving object. I once was in the woods and a cyclist came out of nowhere. I didnt see him comming and Lucy lunget at him, yanking the leash out of my hand. Luckily nothing happend, she ran to him and then stopped, i called her back and no one was hurt. The cyclist only slowed down.
I recognized, if she didnt do any training she will show this behaviour. She will do it too if she had plenty of exercise. It looks like only if i did little to moderate exercise she isnt in the mood of lunging at the cars. the time she was awake and active seems to be a factor too. If i go out immediately after she woke up whe will lunge. If she is very tired she will do it too. It looks like there is only a small sweet spot where she dosn't show much interst in cars and bicycles.
The question is, how do i train her that cars and bicycles arn't any interesting while moving?
I tried counter conditioning (She is clicker trained) with high value treats. But she will ignore any golden treats and even the click in these situations.
My nex bet woul be to get more distance between her and the cars, slowly reducing the distance while she progresses.
My pup isn't very food motivated so i think it would work better with a toy but i also think its counter productive. Since she should be calm around moving cars it would not be a good idear to reward with a toy/play or am i wrong?
Are here any BC or herding dog owners who have/had similar problems? How do you train this? Does someone has any idears for me?
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