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My Name is Jasper and I am Obsessive Compulsive.

August 1, 2011 21 comments

Owning a herding dog with a strong obsession for anything that moves – tennis balls, joggers, baseball players, skateboarders, scooter riders, bicyclers, waves… (well, you get the point) can be a bit trying at times. My Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) Jasper defines obsession. Don’t get me wrong, I fully expected a Sheltie to act this way. Herding is in his blood. But, I never expected it to be as strong as it is in him. (He once dropped a tennis ball on my foot for an hour while I was on a conference call.)

My last Sheltie was a female. She loved to herd as well, but her behavior tended towards heel-nipping vs. ball-chasing. She also did not have the exasperating, I-can’t-hear-you-because-I’m-too-focused-on-this-moving-object kind of behavior that Jasper displays.

I LOVE Jasper and wouldn’t trade him for the world. But, it does make me wonder, do other people experience this kind of obsession in their dogs?

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