Jo and her amazing rotating border collie!

Oh I wish I could film him for you, doing his spinning thing on the lead, but as I’m usually clinging onto the lead for grim death, holding a video camera just isn’t going to work.

Why does he do it? I’ve no idea, terror perhaps, or just the sheer exhuberance a border collie feels at the approach of a fast moving car? Who knows, but you can gaurantee that when a white van rolls along, off he’ll go, spin, spin, spin…

Now, if he was a doggy dancer, and I was dressed in sparkly top hat and tails then this predilection of his for rotating a full 360 degrees on the end of a dog lead would, I am sure, be heralded as a success of training, a joy to behold, a crowd pleaser.

As it is, I just have to contend with laughing motorists or, as it was this morning, an ambulance crew who nearly dropped the old woman they were manhandling to their vehicle with the sheer comedy of it.

Have I tried to stop him? You ask. Oh yes! We went to dog training for nearly 3 years, and the suggestion I had from the trainer was to pull party poppers when he began his spinning routine in order to distract him.

Did it work? Well, yes I suppose it did; at least, he doesn’t spin at EVERY car now, just a select few, but boy did I feel like a prize prat with a border collie spinning at my heels with party popper streamers hanging from his ears!

In the end, I decided there are worse things in life, and a spinning border collie doesn’t kill anyone. At least, it hasn’t up until now…

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