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Collie is car crazy; TELL US ABOUT YOUR PETS. WRITE TO PETS, SEVEN DAYS, SUNDAY MAIL, ONE CENTRAL QUAY,GLASGOW, G3 8DA (SORRY BUT VIVIAN CAN'T REPLY TO EVERYONE).

Byline: VIVIAN SILVERSTEIN

We bought a Border Collie pup from a local farmer who told us she was very well bred. She is now six months old but we can't stop her chasing cars. It seems she is well bred, as a herding dog, and this is what she is doing. She is hardwired to carry out this behaviour, as indeed were all her ancestors. Border Collies are very eye-oriented, which means things that move trigger a chase response.

You will never remove this behaviour but with lots of work, it may be modified enough to keep it under control. Using lots of well-timed distraction methods and well-placed reinforcement on a several times a day basis, and continuing to do so for months on end, may help you to control the dog enough to keep it manageable. Never allow her off the lead, use a long line for safety.

Obedience training is essential for this dog and she'll enjoy it very much. Can cats eat chocolate? I know it is dangerous for dogs.

No, chocolate is as dangerous to cats as it is to dogs. It contains caffeine and theobromine, two stimulants that affect the central nervous system and heart muscle. Milk chocolate is not as bad as dark chocolate. Cooking chocolate or pure cocoa can be fatal. If you want to give chocolate to your cat, you can buy 'pet' chocolate, which is safe to give as treats or white chocolate which contains no cocoa.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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