|Blue Hill Fair, Herding Trials 2006; Blue Hill, Maine|
Three young border collies demonstrate their individual herding style . The woman kneeling was doing a talk on training herding dogs. She explains the pros & cons of each herding style, and discusses how to work with that dog's individual style.
|Border Collies demonstrate sheep herding at the 2005 Sheep and Wool Festival in New Hampshire.|
|"You want to take me out... you want to take me out..." The stare given by a border collie is to try to make their humans do what they want, and also to convince sheep that they want to move in a certain direction.|
|J. Richardson with Wiston Cap, 1965 Int. Sup. Ch. and a famous foundation dog for the border collie breed.|
|Int. Sup. Ch. Spot... note his head is level with his topline.|
|Gilchrist's Spot... note his head lower than the topline of his body, and his tail down with the tip hooked up like a "J"|
|Notice Whip's lowered head, a fixed stare and tail. These cattle could stomp all over this dog, but they are scared of him. The power of the stare! (Rockin G's Whip, Blizzard's Gandpa)|
|Border collies are very biddable. They want to please- often to a fault. Rosie at work as a service dog... Here she is learning to press a handicap button to open doors.|
The best way to train a border collie is first, start out as young as possible. This is not possible for every dog, but you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! The first four months of a pups life is ideal for socializing to other dogs, animals, adults, children, and different situations. This can set the foundation for a well adjusted, well rounded dog. When you train a border collie, your approach must be firm but kind. Border Collies are soft dogs and force should not be used with them. If you are firm and consistent, and use positive training approaches, you can train a border collie to do almost anything. Each dog learns differently, and the history of each dog can affect the ease of learning, and can cause behavioral problems and habits that may interfere, but not cease the learning process.
It is not uncommon for the border collie to be the smartest one in obedience class. Everyone will look on with envy as you reach success with teaching a new command in only 5- 15 minutes. It takes between 1 and 5 repititions for a Border collie to learn a command. However, I have found that she needs to understand the concept. If I cannot figure out a way to explain a trick so she understands what I am trying to teach, she will not learn the process. Explore different approaches to teaching tricks etc. Usually the basics are simple, but the more complex tricks etc. may take some trial and error. You may also find that some of the ways people train their dogs with won't work for your border collie.
What kind of person will do well with a Border Collie?
|Border Collies can get along with young children and even cats! Start early!|
|Border collies can do well with children. Early socialization can really help border collies restrain the urge to "herd" children. Some have such a strong drive that they probably won't be the best family dog, but would make a great working dog.|
Here is a list:
running circles in the yard (sometimes leaving paths)
(Habitual) Running away
Destructive behaviors such as peeling siding from the outside (or inside)of the house, eating holes in the drywall, flipping up floor tiles, chewing,
Chasing his tail or just plain circling
Barking a lot unprovoked
|Rosie goes to Fly Ball practice put on by the local Flyball team and Pet Quarters.|
Anyone have any to add, just let me know and I will add it.
Do ask questions
Do meet the pups dam and sire.
Do make sure the parents have had health checks (you may want to see the paperwork)
Do make sure you get a puppy garrantee.
Do get health records of the pup (of worming and vaccinations which they should have already had)
Do look for the pup who was whelped and raised under foot as an inside interactive pet.
Do not buy a border collie online unless you know the breeder and/or his/her reputation.
|My Rosie is bred from both herding and show lines. She is 20" tall and 35 lbs. Rosie would be great as a show dog... height and weight, good stance, tail down, even coat and tail.|
Well I think he is handsome even if AKC doesn't think so! His major faults would be his short height, excessively white coat with brindle coloring, his flag-waving tail and uneven coat.
What kind of work is suited for a Border Collie?
|Rosie keeps the cats under control in my house.|
|"git im!" Rosie and her Kitten, Solace|
At Play: Like goes with Like
|A Rough-coated and a smooth- coated border collie play herding games with a Puggle. This Puggle (Beagle/Pug cross) is only used to one border colle chasing her. The game just looked too fun for this young, smooth-coated new comer to pass up!|
Rosie and Huxley play fetch with one ball. This tends to be a tense game at times as one dog gets to the ball and the other must be willing to back off and deal with not having the trophy ball to carry back.
Young Rosie and Meg meet each other and their friend ship takes off from there. Unfortunately we never saw Meg again. Meg is about 8 in this picture. Rosie is probably not even 1 yet here.
**This page is still under construction. Did I miss some important information? Do you have photos to donate? (don't forget to give credit to the photographer, and name of dog etc.) E-mail me (or comment) and let me know.