Hi everyone, I have a two year old Border Collie and an eight month old Welsh Collie (Border Collie x Welsh Sheepdog). Myself and my partner are struggling with them at the moment because our Border (Douglas) is very nervous of our Welsh (Bjorn). I'll provide some context and then a description of the issue. Please, any advise is welcome and much, much appreciated. Douglas: Dougie, his good boy name, was born into a farm and for 10 months, he was kept outside and without human interaction. This lead him to be a very nervous boy. But, after some time, he approached me, laid down on my hand and I softly smoothed his head with my other hand. That was the moment I knew he was my dog. When we got him home, he was terrified, didn't want to go in the house, cowered from any noise, feared the tennis ball and didn't know what to do. For a year, he nipped, barked, growled and bit strangers and even family and friends. He's not completely trusting of people yet but he draws confidence off me and my partner now, so we can reassure him with a "go say hi". Completely different dog now, he's happy, content, LOVES his ball and toys, loves his doggy friends at the park and cuddles and wrestles with his mum and dad. This confidence has grown and grown in him. Bjorn: This is our Welsh Collie pup, who is now 8 months old. At first, when he arrived, Dougie loved playing with him, wrestling and tugging on a toy, chasing the ball.. But all of a sudden, Doug became nervous of him. He avoids him at all costs. We find Bjorn is a starer and if that stare doesn't lead into a rare play, Dougie just turns his head away and cowers. All the fun things we used to do, playing with toys and wrestling, we can no longer do. Bjorn is a nice dog. He is playful, enjoys his brothers attention and I think his intentions are mostly good. Though, Bjorn is a bullish dog. He is clumsy, scatty and will not consider space. He'll run around, knocking into Dougie to get where he wants to be, and Dougie takes the backfoot. Also, he has a mouth on him in a big way. If left alone, he will BARK relentlessly and if he isn't getting his way, he whines and groans. It sounds like a mix between an old man standing from his chair and a kettle boiling. The noise, bullishness and confidence seems to be causing Dougie to withdraw. So much, he will not go near Bjorn in the house except from when he starts to play (he loves to wrestle with dogs) although this play is becoming more and more rare. The interesting thing is that, outside, Dougie will run into Bjorn and tackle him, they will wrestle and have endless fun. But at home, it's entirely a different matter. I've highlighted what I think are the problems: - Dougie is very sensitive - Bjorn is quick, bullish and loud - Bjorn will stare at Dougie for a long time (I think he wants to play but it is a fixed stare) - Dougie is very sensitive to moods. If we correct Bjorn or tell him off for something, he turns his head. We are no longer telling Bjorn off unless we absolutely have to. Previously, we were stern but are trying to be very calm. We are also only rewarding Bjorn when he is calm and not rewarding excited behaviour. But the problem persists. We cannot tempt Dougie to play anymore, which is heartbreaking since it took so long for him to come out of his shell and be happy. Another point to add is that Dougie will give up a toy or food to Bjorn EXCEPT a bone. If he's gnawing on a bone and Bjorn comes too close, he will let out a little growl. I don't want to correct this as it is the only time he seems to tell Bjorn not to push his luck, and Bjorn doesn't. Dougie used to tell him off for all the silly puppy behaviour but this has stopped now other than when the bone is involved. All in all, we want both our dogs to share a bong and be as happy as can be. Bjorn is a very lovely boy and he's become strongly obedient when he's on his own. But excessive noise, clumsiness and staring seem to be his main problems at the moment. Due to Dougie being apprehensive of people, I am not yet considering a trainer for this specific situation, so again, I very much appreciate any advise anyone can offer. And if there are any follow-up questions I will answer. Thank you, Sam.