sogj Posted December 15, 2013 Report Share Posted December 15, 2013 So, just some background, I'm married, 30, and have two kids (4 and 6). I currently have a golden retriever and a pyrenees - the retriever is mine. He's 7 1/2 years old and I'm pretty active and he's getting to where he can't quite keep up with me. On a short 4 mile bike ride this morning - going pretty slow - he was really tired by the last half mile. I've decided to slow down a bit with him as I'm having a really, really hard time admitting he's not a puppy who can just keep up with me anymore. Golden's have an average life expectancy of 63 years right? Right?! Right?! Anyway, I'm the kind of the person who spends three hours researching what to have for dinner. I've been thinking about getting a border collie in a few years, my Golden's not going to be able to keep up with me much longer and will settle for a nice long walk, and I'm looking for a biking partner. I'm at the research point where I need to stop my internet searches and just ask some real people. So. Assuming that I get the border from either a reputable working breeder not affiliated with the AKC or a rescue organization, I have a few questions about raising BC pups. (1) If I got a BC I would do agility with him. Probably 2-3 times a week unless I invested in my own equipment. (2) I really want to learn how to do frisbee, including tricks, and would teach a BC. (My Golden can't really jump or anything, he's too big lol.) (3) We would bike 5-20 miles a day, split up, not all at once. (We bike everywhere instead of driving, so it's urban biking.) Weekends are a little less though, maybe only 2-5 miles. (4) I would obviously do obedience, I like going pretty far with obedience training. (5) I would take him running with me on occasion, maybe 2-5 miles at a time, 1-3 times a week. (6) I would teach him basic house chores like how to put laundry in a basket and how to close doors. My question is, will this be enough to satisfy a BC? I don't have sheep; I may have goats someday but I have absolutely ZERO idea how to teach a dog to herd (even though I would absolutely love to it looks like an incredible amount of fun). Could I adequately keep a BC psychologically/physically fulfilled doing those things listed? Could I redirect the herding instinct so he doesn't try to herd my children or their friends? How? Can you get an otherwise fulfilled BC to settle in the house and not be completely neurotic? (I consider myself the boss of my dogs; if I say settle, they have to settle, period. However, obviously, I have a Golden Retriever and don't know how this translates to the drive of a BC.) Would a BC be a good fit for me? Does my level of activity/involvement sound like a good match for a BC? I've wanted one my whole life but don't want to put a dog in a situation where he's miserable just because "I want one." Also, how would I go about learning how to do frisbee tricks with a dog? I appreciate y'all's input. Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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