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  1. Border collies don't melt in the rain. I live in a temperate rain forest and if we didn't go out in the rain, the dogs would be indoors for months on end. Most dogs love the rain: the muddier the better
  2. Hi, As a parent of 3 kids under the age of 11 and the owner of a 6 month old border collie puppy, I hear you on how hard it can be. This is my first puppy while also a parent and it is soooo much harder than training a pup without kids. The small humans are such a nuisance when it comes to dog training. I try to think of all the situations from the dogs perspective. The adult humans and child humans act so very differently that I think it can be confusing to the pup. We expect them to treat the small humans like adults even though they do not act like adults at all. While I try to h
  3. This is our newest addition. Wisk came from a cattle ranch and has been an absolute dream puppy (so far -he hasn't reached his teenage days yet). And one of our senior (the original puppy), Orbit. As always, it's so informative to read the questions and answers provided here.
  4. Never leave him alone. Ever. Most behavior is a result of motivation and opportunity. Digging is very self rewarding so he's motivated. Remove the opportunity, every single time and try to create a fun new association with the backyard.
  5. We recently got a puppy and I found that the first week was really about making the pup feel at home. It's a big change to be away from their mom and siblings. You want to build a relationship with them so that they feel safe and trust you. Depending on the pup, very early training could cause frustration because you're essentially a stranger. I watched a few youtube videos of border collie puppies learning all sorts of stuff and temporarily felt like I was letting my pup down. Now at 5 months, he is relaxed and happy. He knows basic stuff that makes our lives easier. He's not perfect but he
  6. In my experience (and I'm on my third border collie), if you want to spend time with your dog and are willing to include them in your daily activities, you can totally have a border collie. Having said that, all dogs are different and you need to be prepared to meet the needs of the dog you end up with. Maybe your dog will want to jog longer or maybe your dog will hate jogging. As long as you're getting a dog because you want a dog (all the time) and not just because you want a jogging buddy, a border collie can work for you. I'm not sure if I understood that you would be away 6-8 hours every
  7. As people have said, if you are willing to put in the work and your dog does not have any outstanding issues, you will be fine. On paper, our family is the poster child for how not to raise border collies: 3 young kids, 2 working adults, big city but our 2 border collies (one 12 years old and one 5 months old) are happy and thriving as are the rest of us.
  8. We had to start using a crate from day one because our pup was not house trained. No time to make it a happy place, just in you go at night. He hated it at first but over the 2 1/2 months we've had him, he's definitely gotten over it even though like you, I was worried that he didn't love it the way all the youtube dogs did. Hahaha. Now, even when we leave him loose in our bedroom at night time, he will often make his way into the crate on his own. I think having a place to chill, even if it's forced on them, eventually feels like a good thing. Puppies don't want to be manic, but they don't al
  9. When I got my dog Orbit at 3 months, this forum was a wealth of information. What really stuck with me was this: Careful of the expectations that you set your puppy up for both in terms of attention and exercise. I don't want a dog that needs to be entertained and exercised all day long. So when I have a pup, I make sure to exercise him just enough and to play and fuss just enough. Once an off switch has been established, I tend to seek out more play because they're adorable and who doesn't want to just play with them all day long.
  10. I have noticed that the advice to people looking to get a well bred border collie is often to attend trials. I'm curious about whether a "well bred" dog can simply be one that lives on a ranch and works all day? I would imagine that there are lots of really useful dogs out there working every day whose people maybe don't have time to attend trials. Are those dogs considered less well bred because there is no outside evaluation? If a farmer or rancher has dogs that do the job that he or she needs them to do, are healthy and get along with all of necessary characters, does that dog qualify as on
  11. Thank you for the response. I wasn't sure I was being clear when I wrote it: the specifics of my situation but more broadly speaking. What I meant was that there are people that live in places (like British Columbia) that don't have a lot of rescue dogs available, puppy or otherwise. And the only available options (as in choices) are the ones I listed. I in no way I meant that they were options for me personally but those are the "options" (good or bad) that are available to Joe public. What I was trying to get at is that I am a person that really gets what this board is saying about preservin
  12. My apologies for the length of this post. These thoughts have been swirling for a while and I'm trying to process them. While my thoughts are specific to my situation, I am more interested in people's thoughts generally. I would like to start by saying that I believe and adhere to the principles of this board in regard to working border collies. While I don't have a farm or work my dogs, I think that of course the breed will change for worse if dogs are not bred for working ability. My two dogs thus far have been unwanted dogs that we adopted. And I preach working dogs only and rescue (my
  13. Hi there, Due to the current pandemic, I am stuck on the Canada side of the closed border and my plans for a border collie pup for this summer have fizzled. So I have a bit of time on my hands and came across ranchworldads.com. Most of the dogs available through their site are listed as cow dogs. I'm curious as to what this means. Is it simply that border collies are so versatile that they can work cows just as easily as sheep? Or are they a subset that require a different skill set? I would imagine that dogs working cows would need to be more willing to physically move the animals.
  14. Hi, It has been many, many years since I've been on these boards and I always found the information here so useful. So I thought I'd ask the question here that my husband and I have been pondering. Like many people, I love puppies. So much. And our last "puppy" is now 11. Since he was a puppy, we've also had 3 kids, they are now 6, 8, 10. So we're a busy family. But our dog Orbit is very much a part of that busyness. And he hasn't slowed down much at all. He is our second dog (our OG border collie cross Laska died in 2011 when Orbit was 2), and he is just the best (as was Laska befor
  15. I don't really have much experience with super noise sensitive dogs. You said he likes other dogs. I wonder if it would be worthwhile to ask a friend with a confident dog along on your walk (maybe even tether them together?) to show him a more appropriate response, in addition to the desensitization.
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