Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Crate, Puppy, Socializing, Obedience, Tricks
Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
Posted January 17, 2019
When we added Ski to our family, we didn't fully understand the needs of Border Collies. Ski taught me everything I know about dog training - by necessity.
Border Collies absolutely must have some sort of training, and a job to do. For Ski, once we realized that casual dog ownership was not an option, his job was learning tricks. He learned to fetch, jump, twirl, catch, shake hands, go in and out the door, and other tricks just so we could burn up all that crazy Border Collie energy.
And now that Ski is out of his puppy years, he's added some chill to his repertoire. He is an amazing dog, and I'm super lucky to have him in my life.
Border Collies are a lot of work, but very rewarding if you put in the time. Problems you might run into when they are puppies include nipping at heels (small children beware), herding behavior, destructive tendencies when they haven't been properly exercised (physically AND mentally!), anxiety and fearfullness, and an obsessive focus on whatever they decide their job is. The intense stare is fun when they are focused on a frisbee or a ball. Less so when they are tuned into your toes.
They can learn to live with small animals, but it's not an automatic thing. Ski learned to tolerate his cat sibling, but they were introduced very young and went through a long introduction period. BC's love to herd, and with small animals that can sometimes trigger the prey drive.
Definitely an amazing breed, capable of great things and able to be a loving companion - if you're willing to put in the work!