Jescano Posted May 6, 2013 Report Share Posted May 6, 2013 Just introducing myself. I don't have a border collie just yet. I've had mixes and all sorts of other dogs. Currently have a Chow and a poodle mix. Just recently had to put down my 16 year old GSD/Chow/ BC mix. She definitely acted like a border collie and learned everything I taught her super fast. I've wanted to get a pure bred border collie for about 10 years now. I've done a lot of research and think I'm pretty ready to get a pup. All of my previous dogs have been rescues so this time I'm going with a puppy from a breeder. Only problem is I live in Southern California. I would prefer to get a dog from someone local(within 3-4 hours), so I can check out the parents and how they were raised... But wouldn't be too opposed to having a puppy shipped to me from a reliable breeder. Not too many sheepdog trials around here. The closest one to me is coming up soon but I won't be able to make it. I plan on doing obedience, agility, frisbee, flyball(maybe, if I can find somewhere to do it), hiking/backpacking, SAR(I work in EMS and would really like to get into SAR). I don't plan on getting one until after summer. I'll be working m-f 7-4 all summer and I dont think that would be very fair to a puppy. After summer though I'll only be working 2-3 days a week but they'll be 8-24 hour shifts. Usually it will be 12 hour shifts(some are night shifts as well so those wouldn't be a problem). I have no problem getting up earlier before shifts to play with and exercise puppy, mostly just fun learning games, mental stimulation, fetch until at least a year. I was planning on confining it to an xpen + crate until it proves trustworthy enough to be left in my room. Has anyone every tried litterbox training a dog? Like the litterboxes they have for dogs with the turf in them not like the ones for cats. Does it have any detrimental effects on Housetraining/pottytraining? I would most likely have someone take him out at least once during the day, someone is usually always home at. I know a great dog walker that goes to the same dogpark I go to. Would this be cruel to the puppy? I do have a large backyard with an 8 foot security fence... but locking it outside all day probably isn't very nice for the dog either. Has anyone here tried using ASL as visual cues for tricks? I'm not deaf, but know ASL. What do you guys think about waiting until a dog is mature to neuter? I was planning on waiting until at least the growth plates close. Is it worth it to wait? Should it be done earlier/later? Puppy vaccinations are important... But what about the rest... Does it need to be done annually? every 2-3 years? I know they must get the rabies every certain number of years. Pet insurance? I've looked into it... Is it worth it? Has anyone used it? I kind of like VPI. I know it's a lot of questions, but there's so much conflicting information online that I figured I would just ask. Thanks, Jeboa :-) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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