Things that terrify my Collie.

Met a dog walker I’ve not seen before, this morning. They had a mental spaniel on a lead. I walked with them for a little way and they looked at Dex loping across the field and said, “I wish I had an easy dog too. This one won’t get in the car and I have to pick him up.”

Easy?!?!  I’ll do a list of ‘things Dex doesn’t like me doing’ another time. This is the ‘things that terrify Dex’ list. Terrify as in, if outside he hides in hedges and takes a long time to come out. Or if at home, he hides in the bedroom and won’t come out. Which is really pesky if I’ve done a night shift and want him to go out for a pee before I go to bed. He is the best dog in the world. But he is by no means easy. This list is the main things, not all things – in order of scariest.






Pulling Sellotape off a reel

Free-range balloons and plastic bags


Putting up the ironing board

Toaster popping up

Abandoned shopping trollies

Trees in the wrong place. (When they fall down.)

Piercing a microwave meal

Motor bikes

Unwrapping packages

Noisy trees in the wind.


Very noisy rain

Children under about 10.

Squeaky window hinges

Tearing envelopes open

Wheelie bin lids closing


Using scissors

Guns shots

The sound of golf balls being hit

Rolls of wrapping paper

The blender


Husband with a violin

Having to deal with more than 3 dogs at the same time

Any household DIY or gardening tool



Squeegeeing windows

Sliding coat hangers across wardrobe pole

Tearing tin foil or cling film

Closing curtains and blinds

Doing up a zip

Plant mister

Opening the attic hatch

Clanging metal gates

New hats

He is NOT an ‘easy’ dog!