So when Jure came home with the idea of adopting a cattledog I must say, I was not really into it. Actually when he sent me a picture my reaction was :" What?! This is a Cattledog, I need another Border Collie not this!"
But like everything else, when he decides to do or have something he goes all the way 😜 So we talked and since he really fell in love with this tiny quiet, good dog we decided that the prevous owner shoud bring her so I see and then we decide.
My one and only condition was that we still have another Border Collie because, you know unfortunately, my dear Amy won't stay young forever. ❣️ So when that was out of the way I was ready to meet Lou 😁
I don't really have to explain how when she came to meet us she never left 😜❣️
This picture was taken one day after she came to us. I felt like it was ment to be, that she is there that day.
The first few days she was just a quiet dog witch is normal for a dog when he comes to a new home. She loved to rund around with my dogs and I think it made it a bit easier for her.
Because she was just so quiet and didn't really know how to relax, we let her be and find herself. Afterall at 10 months of age, she was still just a puppy.
With time I started to put the puzzles together, when her behavior started to change. She was nervously barking, she couldn't sleep because she was always making sure we were still there.
All this was bubbling to surface due to her prevous life. She was so scared to be left alone that it made our hearts break. She felt the safest in company with my girls and she needed to lay very close, she even lied on top of Bebi.
I remember when we took her to Croatia with us when we went to see our Tornjak puppies. She alwas alone and waited in the car in the meanwhile. We went for a walk and she was panicking. She was calm and didn't really want to show it but her look said it all. Without my girls and in a place he didn't know I think she was afraid she would be left alone somewhere again.
It took her quite a while for this to get a bit better. It has been a year now and it still happens. At the last seminar we had at our center, I had some things I needed to do so I left her woth my friend for about 1 hour. She was in a place she new, but still I was gone, Jure was off also amd she started to panick again. When I came back I saw her relief and happiness when she realised I came back for her.
It's so interesting to see how much effect does stuff like this have on dogs.
The barking on the other hand Is really annoying. But with time I started realising it is all coming out because of her background. She was and still is ( but it is WAY better) anxious and restless alot.
My moto was not to give her too much of stress and just let her relax.
After she revealed all her peronality, I started to bulid her up again and go from the very beginning with her. while doing that, I realised she does not really use her brain. She was kept on such a short leash with a very strict yelling raising, that she learned if she shuts her brain off and stays with the previous owner she doesn't get punished or yelled at.
We had quite a hard time to put that in progress. That is where herding was a big, big solution!
BUT since I just realised I already wrote a novel, I will leav this part for some other time!