Are You a Border Collie person?

Find out if this athletic dog breed is for you

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Are you a couch potato who likes to lounge around all day and do very little? If so, you are certainly not a suitable owner for the Border Collie, who is undoubtedly a workaholic! While this does not mean that he has to work in the traditional sense of herding, he does need plenty of challenging activity to keep him busy. Because of this, he is not an easy breed to live with. He will demand a great deal from you, so you must be prepared.

A Border Collie owner needs to be both physically active and mentally alert to meet this dogs needs. I urge you not to consider taking on a Border, however besotted you are by the breed, if you are not prepared to do everything in your power to keep the dogs mind and body active. If you confine him at home for long periods, he will almost certainly become destructive and may well become depressed, too. With a Border Collie, you have a veritable dynamo on your hands!

If you enjoy walking or jogging, that will be a big plus in the eyes of your Border Colliejust as long as you take him with you! Always remember, though, that a Border Collie will herd anything that moves, and that can include passing cars! This means that you must be prepared to train your dog well and provide for his safety. No matter how quickly a Border Collie learns, and this is a bright breed, these things will take dedication on your part. You have chosen a highly intel ligent breed, and you will not be able to appease a Border Collie by spending a lot of time training and exercising him one day and then slacking off the next. He will expect your time, attention and energy regularly. Remember that a bored or neglected Border Collie is likely to develop behavioral problems.

Your Border Collie will grasp concepts quickly, so never teach things that you do not want him to learn. If you have children, although it may be very tempting to train your dog to herd them up from time to time, he may just carry this to the extreme, in which case you will likely wish that you hadn't encouraged him in the first place. It is not unknown for a Border Collie to nip a child, purely to discipline the child as a member of the flock. This will not go over well with you or your child, so you must be firm and authoritative with your dogin a kind way, of course!

Indeed, a Border Collies herding instincts can be rather challenging for the entire family. A Border Collie is likely to treat a child as a straying sheep that has broken from the fold. It is essential, therefore, that as a good parent and Border Collie owner, you teach your child how to react to your dogs behavior. It is best if your child stands still and does not run away, for the dog will react accordingly. If the child runs away, the dog will instinctively take control of the situation and your child may be injured, albeit unintentionally, as a result. This experience can be very intimidating.

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Pamela   Gallup, NM

10/25/2011 6:28:51 PM

I am a Boarder Collie owner and i LOVE the breed. My husband is a rancher and the breed was his dream dog. We aquired one as a pup and i knew nothing about Boarder Collies. I never had a dog before myself and he did'nt fill me in about this breed.OMG what did i get myself into? I went to the book store and bought a book on them.Good thing i am very active outdoors and am a runner, i started taking Lexie for runs every morning with me and when we'd get home i'd work with training her. We live in the city and have the room for her so i city trained her and my husband ranched trained her. She is so smart and sweet, every in town knows Lexie cuz she is very socialized. One of her favorite activities is soccer, i take her to the multi- purpose field at the high schooland i run the outer side of the lined field and kick the soccer ball out to the field, she chases it ,cuts it off and rolls it to wherever im at on the field, she never tires of playing soccer. She brings us so much joy . I'll never own another Breed of Dog . I find it very theraputic working with her.

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jo   washington, MO

10/9/2010 7:40:37 AM

Ever had a collicy (sp?) baby and you just learn to rock it while sleeping? This is our evenings with our Border Collie. She wants her stuffed egg thrown at all times and you just keep tossing it back till she realizes you are truly sleeping. She does herd occasionally and plays outside but most hours are spent inside during the week days. She is still really well behaved and doesnt do anything bad. She creates her own fun till the family is up and running. She loves children too. I dont know why she doesnt really fit the hyper people portray these breeds as or am I just so used to the crazy older Blue Heeler I own???? Now thats a breed that doesnt belong in an apartment!

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janet   bethlehem, PA

9/2/2009 4:44:49 AM

love collies beautiful dogs. Thanks for the info.

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Terrri   New Hope, PA

5/17/2008 6:30:41 PM

I like the articles you have on the Border Collie , Imyself own a Border collie/german sheperd mix when Iwas younger and I now work full -time on horse farm so I search high and low onthe BC breed before meeting breeder and found one who is by all means a wonderful person . Iit was there while meeting the breed and her puppies well I guess yocan say the pup picked me for an owner as I got him and named him Skylar's Quest ( for my quest for a BC) he is indeed the most awesome dog and Iam always getting complent on how well be haves he is and heloves to play ,he gets to go to work with me and then we play after work . I would recommend anyone who would like to get one to do a research onthem and understand the needs of these highly active dogs. Ihave been bless as my Sky is also very wellbehave in the house as I guess he is content after we play for an hour ,on hot days inthe summer Itake him swimming and he gets so
Thank you for allowing me to share this , Ishould mention that I am deaf and Ssky uses his paws to get my attention when he needs to go out o r when it is time to wake up ,ever so gently he'll put it on my knee and always sleeps my by side til I fall asleep - as did my old BC/GS mix.He is faithful and true to me .

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