Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Books, Group classes with a professional, Friends
By Will Smith
Posted June 11, 2013
We got Iona at around 4 years of age to cure me of my fear of dogs. She was already trained and learnt subsequent tricks easily and quickly.
Although she wasn't allowed on the sofa/on laps, she would always curl up on people's feet under the kitchen table and in the living room and was great with kids and other animals.
If you decide to get a collie, be sure to play games with them as often as possible. They are really bright and can easily feel down if they are ignored. Iona used to love coming on trips in the car and would round people up for walks all the time. She also loved tug toys and when we hid stuff round the house for her to find.
Although grooming can be a bit of a hassle given the longish hair, Iona was very healthy. Having said that, she did have several skin problems as she grew older and needed to bathed frequently. Given the weight of collies, this can be a struggle if they refuse to cooperate!
Overall, I would highly recommend getting a collie if you are able to give them the love and attention they deserve.