Pups go thru two separate fear imprint stages. The first ends about 16 weeks and then again in adolescence, for Border Collies that’s approximately 7-12 months of age. I was lucky both Jolene and Mott showed up happy and confident after their 1 1/2 day of travel but I still want to expose them to unusual stimulus. Using the tether allows me to throw crazy visuals at them when they are in a place they feel safe. Lucky for me Halloween was last week so much fodder was available!
I might wear crazy hats, encourage loud noises/music, or drop things. Having kids help. My son Finn is full of great ideas. Mott surprised me the most. He had no problem with Finn’s Giant Pink Blob Guy outfit but yesterday when I brought a couple of Golden Retrievers to the house--FREAK! And Jolene, she didn’t even notice the new dogs or the giant pink dude in the house.