There a number of signs you must watch out for if you’re suspecting your Border Collie is developing dominance issues. If your Collie has some of the behavioral challenges listed in this article, it doesn’t inevitably mean that he has dominance problems. Sometimes you can confuse a dog’s dominance with his normal behavior, so don’t be quick to judge what is happening.
Below are some common signs indicating Border Collie dominance problems:
- Leash Pulling: If your Border Collie likes leading the rest of the pack, he will think he is their leader. If your Collie begins leading you whenever you are out for a walk and is not listen to you, it can be displaying early signs of dominant issues. However, other times leash pulling can be a symptom of another problem. For example, the dog may not be getting enough walks or he may simply be excited.
- Food Aggression: When your Collie starts growling or gets distrustful whenever you touch his bowl while he is eating, this can be a sign of dominance. This also doesn’t mean that your Collie is aggressive. Most dogs that don’t have dominance issues will also act this way because dogs tend to be protective of their food.
- Begging for Food: This also falls among the “maybe” signs of dominance. If your Collie is constantly begging for food, even after it has just finished eating, it means he thinks he deserves being given food first. It could also mean that your Collie simply loves human food.
- Growling when pushed off the bed: Whenever you try pushing your Collie off the bed and it growls in response, there is a good chance he thinks that you don’t have authority over him.
- Any kind of aggression or growling at you: The reason for this sign majorly