I have a white factor collie mix by the name of Shea, he is approximately 3/4 Collie and 1/4 Australian Shepherd (and 6 years old). These details my prove to be unnecessary however I am including them nonetheless.
He is the most relaxed dog I have ever met. I have two younger brothers, one of which is a baby and he lets both of them crawl all over him--and not once has he complained, at all.
However, he has one major issue with the swings.
It has happened many many times, that when either myself, younger brothers or anyone else he recognizes decides to get on a swing he becomes a completely different animal, barking and attacking whoever is on the swing.
This has been the case for 6 years.
Important details to note:
- It seems as if it is the case he only attacks people he knows, which led me to believe that he was concerned for our safety--thinking we were being hurt by the swing. I do not let him get near anyone on the swing however it has happened a couple times that when walking past a random person on the swing, he pays no attention to them whatsoever. After spending some time with a friend of mine, he started attacking him on the swing.
- I am able to hold him when people he knows are swinging, he tries to get loose but does not act aggressively towards me when I am holding him.
- The actual swinging seems to be what bothers him. If I am merely sitting on the swing he is not as bothered by it.
- I have tried holding and consoling him when he's watching someone he knows swing, it calms him down a bit but if I were to let go he would still go after and attack the person on the swing.
My Main Questions:
Is there even anything to be done about this, or is this simply just my dog, and changing this behavior is impossible for this specific situation?
Was my initial thought that he is doing it out of concern accurate?
Has anyone else dealt with swing-terrified dogs?