Female Dogs Which one makes a better pet? Puppies vs. Adult Dogs Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog? Border Collies are very common in the United States. Out of breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and is least popular, Border Collies rank 38th. And many more Border Collies are registered with other organizations. Unfortunately, their popularity is often based on their reputation as a "very smart" dog — which they are, but which people don't realize can be a negative trait if you just want a casual pet. Border Collies do lots of exercise and interesting activities to keep that "very smart" mind busy.
Otherwise they're extremely challenging to live with. Owners often give up their Border Collie when it becomes apparent that the dog is bored out of his mind and getting into all kinds of trouble. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking.
Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies Border Collies are often found here, but Border Collie rescue groups do keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. When a Border Collie turns up at a shelter, the rescue group does try to move the dog into their rescue network.
Buying From a Dog Breeder You can buy a Border Collie from a show breeder , who breeds Border Collies to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. Or you can buy a Border Collie from a performance breeder , who emphasizes an energetic, intense, high-drive temperament and strong "prey chasing drives" for working with livestock, or participating in performance sports like herding, dog agility, flyball, frisbee, etc.
You can also buy a Border Collie from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter. Keep in mind that good breeders will willingly answer all your questions and encourage them. They should have nothing to hide and will want you to come visit them and the liter before agreeing to adoption. Furthermore, they will want to know a lot about you, where you live, your experience with sheep dogs and any canines in general.
Finally, know this — no decent border collie breeders will ever give one of their dogs to anyone unless they are convinced it would be in the best interest of the pooch.
No amount of training, no matter how skilled the trainer is, can get rid of a Border Collie's instinct to herd. A Border Collie in the herding "mode" is a dog that misses, forgets, or simply ignores all commands and no amount of pleading from the owner will work.
Countless Border Collies are killed by cars every year because the dogs, when the instinct kicks in, are oblivious to almost all other external stimuli. Can't I teach my children not to run from the dog? Older children can be taught to stop dead in their tracks and avoid this confrontation altogether. Since the dog does not perceive a continued threat of the animal escaping, the dog relaxes and shifts into a more "normal" mode.
Younger children may be taught to handle this experience with some degree of calm but to expect a child that is younger than 5 to be able to confront a running, snapping, growling, or barking dog with its teeth bared, may be asking too much of even the most mature youngster.
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Parents can regulate and supervise encounters with the family dog but for younger children, this means never letting your dog alone with the child. But even more problematic is the fact that children tend to hang around other children. Unless you are prepared to teach each and every child in the neighborhood and every child that enters your home how to cope with the dog's instinct, the dog must be locked away in the presence of non-family members.
Border Collies tend not to be the kind of dog that you can let loose to run with your kids around the neighborhood. It is often the "perfect" dog that everyone felt they could trust that ends up biting a child - generally because they are trusted and thereby exposed to many more of the potentially dangerous situations. How much exercise does a Border Collie require? Actually this is an unanswerable question.
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It is similar to posing the question "How much exercise does a hyper child need? To truly exercise a Border Collie, you must be willing to put in a couple of hours each day, in some form of exercise or activity. Border Collies can remain confined to the house all day while you are away at work but do not expect to come home and relax.
You don't have to jog endless miles with your dog though you can if you'd like - mental exercises are often the most exhausting activities for Border Collies - but you must do something with them each day.
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Otherwise, they will find an outlet for their excessive energy and countless Border Collie owners can attest to this fact. I've included some of the Border Collie "horror stories" from current owners just to show I'm not making this stuff up. Border Collies have been described as having the energy output of a miniature nuclear reactor. And like all nuclear power, it can be quite dangerous if it is not controlled. If Border Collies are so smart, then why aren't they easy to train? If you are not a precise sort of trainer most people aren't , then trying to train an intelligent Border Collie can be a frustrating task.
Yes, they can pick up commands on two or three tries but they are also very perceptive and are constantly thinking. If, in teaching your dog to sit, you raise your right hand and say "Sit", the dog may pick that up the first time through. However, if the next time you repeat the command, you raise your arm at a different angle and use a slightly lower tone of voice or a different pace, a Border Collie will often pick up the subtle distinction and think that you are using an entirely new command.
Border Collies have a difficult time learning to generalize, basically because it takes a dog that is less "critical" to be able to follow a sloppy command.
Training a Border Collie can be like trying to teach a nerdy child that likes to overanalyze everything - it can be frustrating and an exhaustive exercise in patience. What are the other problems with owning a smart dog?
Intelligence in dogs is a double-edged sword. Yes, Border Collies can learn lots of tricks and can have quite a large vocabulary but they also can learn lots of bad things too. Having a smart dog means waging a continual intellectual war with your dog, trying to outsmart them as they figure out each progressive intellectual step you take.
Trying to confine a Border Collie can be an exercise in futility. Just when you put in a gate, they figure out how to get over under it.
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When you put in a door, they figure out how to push it open. You put in a latch and they figure out how to turn doorknobs.