Border Collie Information
Owning a Border Collie is one of the greatest joys that any dog lover can have.
They are incredibly smart, fast learners, playful (a little mischievous), attractive, and well mannered. Of course, that last part comes from proper Dog Training, because if you don't train your collie from the outset he's going to think that he can get away with anything, and it's going to be really hard to break those habits once they set in.
We've all heard the phrase “you can't teach an old dog new tricks” and the truth is you can, but it takes a heck of a lot of work.
In light of this, it's crucial that you learn how to train your border collie immediately, even if you don't want to take him to any competitions or agility events. Training will teach them to respect you and in the end they will be a better friend to you and your whole family.
Now, it's widely known that Collies are one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs in the entire universe, and while this means that they are very quick to catch on to new concepts, they also get bored extremely quick.
Because of this, he'll be able to pick out any tiny inconsistencies in your commands, which will confuse him to no end. If, for example, you are Agility Training him to come when you call his name, but the first time you do it you sound happy and cheerful, and then a few commands later you lose that chipper quality in your voice, your dog will think it's an entirely different command.
This can be really frustrating, especially if you aren't sure what's causing the setback. Your dog might be responding perfectly to you 'come' command, and then suddenly just stops paying attention all together.
If this happens, check your tone of voice so that it remains consistent. More often than not this is the source of the problem. If you haven't started Training Your Collies In Agility yet, you might want to use something like a clap or a whistle as the 'come' signal (or any other signal) so that this issue doesn't even crop up.
Going back to the way collies get bored really easily, it's always a good idea to know a little Dog First Aid, so that if your buddy does get into any scrapes (and he probably will) you can administer some basic first aid and get him back up on his feet without interrupting training time too much.
The most important thing to remember with your dog is that you have to be understanding, but firm. If he does something once, and you think it's cute or just laugh it off, he won't understand that it's something he's not supposed to do.
Use strong discipline, and use even stronger praise for something done well. This concept applies to all dog breeds, but is especially prevalent with collies. Now get out there and have some fun with that gorgeous canine!
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