New/Future Border Collie Owners
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Greg,'index.php?page=Thread&postID=175602#post175602 Wrote:Visiting a nursing home. What an awesome idea! We've had Tango and Ozzie visit Susies aunt and the residents absolutely loved it! Maybe we should take Lance (solo of course) It may be a win-win for everyone? Heart

I'm very excited to take him to the nursing home! The manager said the residents will love to have a puppy visit. It seems like such a good way to work on socialization, and like you said it's a win win, the residents get to hold and love on a puppy and Cash will get to work on socializing and get use to so many different sights, sounds and people with different abilities. I would like him to eventually be a therapy dog, if he is suited to it, and his breeder thinks he will be a prefect fit for the job.
I think you should take Lance! He might be made for that kind of thing!
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#12
Sirius is my first dog, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone but I agree it's a personality thing.
I wish I'd known about focus/impulse control games much earlier, it would have made the 6-12 month teenage terror much easier, and would have helped hugely with recall and over excitement (which we are slowly making progress on). I would also grill the breeder or rescue staff about expected personality traits so you have some idea on areas that may require extra training.
My guy craves attention all the time, so all his toys have names and I just ask him to bring specific ones to me. It keeps him thinking and gives me a chance to sit down!
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#13
I am glad to be a part of this site and gain so much needed knowledge.
Texan living in Shanghai.
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#14
Another thing to do if looking at acquiring this breed. Not only should you research the breed.....I would do as much research as much as possible about your source of purchase AND OR the rescue...Get to know if they have a reliable reputation. Do they do all the most important testing and shots for breeders. How many litters do they put out there. How much work on puppies socialization and training do they do from the start? Both as a group AND individually. It is never to early to get a puppy comfortable and starting to learn once they start exploring the world. Meet the parents. Rescues I would have a huge list of questions about the dogs history as much as they can answer both about with them and previous owners. Listen to the rescuer when they refer to how things work for them not only with this dog but their other dogs. Get a feel for the environment in general and their experience and knowledge level with dogs or this breed. Their skill level at helping the dog for behavior issues. Maybe they can give you some resources for help with any behavior issues they have been working on. As for breeders I would want to know if they actually breed their dogs to be trained as actual stock dogs, show, or sport. These blood lines can SOMETIMES make a difference in training styles. Meet the parents. Pay attention to their personalities...ask their owners a little bit about what the dog in their surroundings as they do usually behave differently meeting strangers.Pay attention to how the person handles interacts both with the dogs and their puppies. Are they sort of disconnected more interested in the sale. Are they interested in you. Can you tell they are interested in getting a feel of what you are like for a perspective owner and finding the right pup for you. Do they seem to actually enjoy the process and working with their pups or just going through the motions. Do you get a sense they may be a little rough with the animals. Do they tell you that they are available for questions or assistance once you bring the animal home....All this adds to the pups or dogs start in their life when they leave this resource in my opinion.

As for the dog having awards or finished or whatever they or in their family tree. That only means the dogs bloodline has some proof of being successful for what their bloodline the breeder intended their dogs to do. If in fact that is what they are in it for. If they are breeding for no mentioned specified purpose. Or they have a list of multiple successes for their dogs; tells me that this is what the dog may POSSIBLY succeed in. if I wish to venture in those areas. Most are multi talented as far as I have noticed. If the breeder is proud of those accomplishments and wish to highlight that information about their particular bloodlines that is their choice. I PERSONALY see that is form of branding. Kinda like the NIKE of puppies. These are athletic shoe puppies. The stock dogs are the work boots, and the show dogs are the dress shoes. But that does not particularly put them in one box. You can have your dressy work boots or dressy athletic shoes and so forth and so on.
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#15
My first dog was a border collie and she was so perfect that my second dog is also a border collie. I certainly agree that you need to be the right sort of person to deserve one of these dogs but my two girls have been just lovely.

Our current girl, Ellie, is only 18 months old but is about as friendly and well adjusted a dog as you would be likely to get. I did spend a lot of time socialising her has a pup and in fact, was able to take her to work with me so she got to meet and interact with all of the staff as well as anyone that visited out site. She was a bit of a shy puppy but just loves everyone now and we still make sure that we get her to meet as many new people as possible.

We have 25 acres for her to run around on and I take her for 2 walks a day. She is fine inside and mainly either sleeps on her mat or lies by my feet. She is sweet, gentle and best of all, she hardly ever barks. However, she does love to chase birds, dragonflies, goannas and kangaroos. Her other great love is to go for rides in either of our vehicles. She likes to dig the odd hole but has never been a chewer. I honestly don't know if we have been lucky with our dogs or the way we have treated them has made them wonderful dogs, probably a bit of both.

You should research any dog breed before getting one and if possible spend time with the breed first. For people that want a dog as part of the family and have the time and energy to spend with the dog playing and training I can't think of a better dog.
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#16
Border collies definitely have an interesting personality. When i first got Sammy i did not know how active they can be and as you put it how much mental and physical stimulation they need. I would say i have been learning. I had to get agility equipment and put it on the back yard just to ease the energy levels. He's an amazing friend and i love him to bits! Love
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#17
My girl, Delilah, is perfect for me (with help, since is am quite an old lady). She is not pure-bred. Her mom is a sedate Great Pyrenees. Her dad is an active, herding Border Collie. Delilah is perfect in the house. As a puppy, she chewed up some clothes, and one of my dining chairs has teething marks on it, but she is now calm indoors. Outside is another matter! I have a decent sized back yard where she runs, hops, gallops and plays ball. One of my sons kicks a soccer ball to her out there every day for about an hour, takes her to the dog park and other places, including a local bar where she sits calmly on a bar stool and is served iced water in a glass. She drinks her water and gazes at the other customers. I have taken her with me to the Lowe's home improvement store, because they have a dog friendly policy, so she sees people, other dogs, and colorful objects there. I talk to her a lot, and she makes good eye-contact and gazes back at me. It appears that she reads my facial expressions, also. She knows lots of words for various objects. She is great company for me and I will never regret adopting her. (She was born on a sheep farm in Oklahoma where both of her parents work. The farm is owned by the parents of a young woman who attends college with one of my grandsons.) Aside from her beauty (white fur with red mask and spots, green eyes, freckles, and a tan nose), I love her intelligence. I have never before had such a bright dog.
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#18
I totally agree with researching any breed of dog you are interested in, especially true with BCs and Aussies or any type of herding breed. Before adopting our BC and BC/Aussie mix I researched about the breed(s) for months before taking the plunge. My husband thought I was crazy but has thanked me numerous times with comments like "I see what you mean they are ......, thanks for warning me." I also want to give a shout out to the BC/Aussie/Herding Breed foster homes/rescue organizations that love the herding breeds and their efforts to rehome these types of dogs. We have been extremely fortunate that our rescued BC and Aussie/BC mix are what we hoped for and have not been unpleasantly surprised by any behaviors that we were not expecting due to the type of breed.
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