Best Toys For Border Collies – Keeping Their Brains And Bodies Busy
The following are some of the most popular toys for dogs:
1. Ball Playground – A ball play area is ideal for both puppies and adults.
It provides them with a safe place to run around and exercise their muscles without getting hurt. They can also enjoy the fun of tossing a few pebbles or other small objects at each other. You can purchase these toys from pet stores, online or even make your own using a piece of PVC pipe.
2. Frisbee – Frisbees are great for keeping dogs occupied during long car rides, but they’re also perfect for playing fetch with.
If you have a backyard, you may want to consider purchasing one of those “frisbee golf” sets so that your dog doesn’t get bored when it rains!
3. Kong Toy – These are great for stimulating your dog’s imagination.
They’re also very durable and easy to clean up after him/her.
4. Jump Rope – These are great for jumping on and off of, especially if you have a jump rope set up somewhere in your yard (or garage).
5. Old Sock – Dogs love playing with old socks!
You can either keep it plain and safe by only filling it with treats (and then take them out before you let the dog play with it), or you can get creative. Fill it with newspaper, tie it in a bunch of knots, whatever you feel like doing.
6. Slinky – I don’t know about your dog, but mine absolutely loves these!
You simply set it on the ground, and you’re good to go.
7. Treat Dispensing Ball – These can be a little expensive, but they definitely last a long time.
Some even claim that their dogs will only play with these over any other toy.
8. Wubba – These are great for playing tug-of-war with.
Some even come with squeakers, so the fun never has to end!
9. Old T-Shirt – No explanation necessary.
Also, this isn’t exactly a toy, but keeping your dog active is essential to their happiness and health. Take them for walks, play with them in the yard, throw a ball…
whatever you feel like doing! Just make sure you do it on a regular basis.
How To Keep Your Border Collie Entertained
1. Doggie Daycare: Some dogs simply do not do well being left alone in the house for extended periods of time.
These dogs may exhibit behavior such as; tearing upholstery, eating shoes, barking or whining, and a host of other undesirable actions. A great way to keep these dogs happy is to drop them off at a doggie daycare. There are many of these facilities located all over the country.
They tend to be very caring and the dogs love spending the day playing with other canines. In addition, most of these facilities provide grooming services, swimming pools, and even training. These folks tend to be dog lovers and they really get to know your pet.
2. Dog Park: Another great way to keep your dog happy is to find a public place for him to run free.
A dog park is a fenced area that allows dogs to run around and play with other canines. Owners are able to socialize as well. Dog parks are great because they allow your pet ample exercise and they also give owners a chance to meet others who have similar interests.
3. Training: All dogs can benefit from training classes.
If done properly, these classes can help owners learn the best way to communicate with their pets. Training can be fun for both the owner and pet and it helps build a special bond between the two.
4. Find A New Hobby: If you happen to be very busy most of the time, you may want to consider finding a new hobby.
Border Collies are very active dogs and if you’re out of the house all day, they may become bored or restless. One solution to this problem is to find something you like to do and spend more time doing it.
For instance, if you like golf, why not take up the game?
This will give your dog something to do while you’re gone during the day (provided you take him with you of course).
5. Buy A Few More Toys: Border Collies are born to work.
Even if you spend all day playing with your dog and keeping him busy, he may get bored when you have to leave because his work is done. One way to combat this problem is to buy more toys for your pet to keep him occupied. You can rotate which toys he plays with on a daily basis so he doesn’t get bored of them.
6. Teach Him To Hunt: If you happen to live in an area that has wildlife, this could be a great way to keep your pet busy.
If you’ve ever seen a Border Collie herd sheep, you know they are natural born hunters. All animals have a “prey drive” instinct and border collies are no different. It is in their nature to hunt small animals.
If you feel this may be an issue, you may need to build a fence to keep your pet in the yard. Once you’ve done that, you may want to introduce him slowly to the idea of hunting by tossing little birds or rodents over the fence for him to catch.
7. Check His Ears: Border Collies, like most herding breeds, are prone to ear infections.
If you’ve owned this breed before, you probably already know this. The problem usually presents itself with rubbing of the face, shaking of the head or just general bashfulness. You’ll want to have your pet’s ears looked at by a professional if you notice any of these signs.
Left untreated, an infection could spread to the brain and kill your pet.
8. Try Natural Remedies: There are a couple natural remedies you can try if you suspect your pet has an ear infection.
One is to put a few drops of tea tree oil in the ear to help fight off infection. You can also make a paste of garlic and wheat grass (available at most health food stores) and apply it to the inside of the ear. Make sure you keep an eye on the area to make sure the infection has cleared up.
If the problem persists, you’ll want to consult a veterinarian because it could be a more serious issue.
9. Be Aware: Even if your pet is not prone to ear infections, he could still get one if he happens to roll in something dirty such as mud or sand.
Always make sure to check his ears if you’ve taken him to a new park or outdoor area because if there is an infection, you’ll want to treat it as soon as possible.
10. Be Ready: It’s always a good idea to have some pet ear medicine on hand in case you ever need it. You’ll want to seek treatment as soon as possible because if an ear infection is left untreated for too long, the damage can be permanent.
Pet insurance can help save you money on vet bills.
PuppyProofing Your Home
1. Keep The Medication Away From The Little Ones: You may keep your pet medicine on a high shelf or in a cabinet to make sure your dog cannot get to it.
Be sure to keep it out of reach of all children as well, especially toddlers who like to put things in their mouths.
2. Use Locks: Many cabinets and drawers have locks you can use to keep your valuables safe.
You can even buy keyed alike locks so you only need to use one key for all the locks in your home.
3. Get A Key Cutting Machine: You can get a key cutting machine relatively cheap nowadays.
This will allow you to make spare keys for your house and you’ll always know where they are.
4. Get Cable Locks: Many items such as your cable modem, stereo, and even your TV maybe accessible enough that a crawling baby could reach them.
You can easily purchase inexpensive cable locks that will prevent the items from being used unless the lock is cut off.
5. Make Sure Your Fixtures Are Secure: If you have a heavy item such as a home entertainment system, be sure to anchor it to the wall with heavy duty screws.
You may even want to do this with light items such as your computer monitor so that if a baby pulls on it the whole unit doesn’t tip over.
6. Get A Cover: You can get covers for outlets that are designed to keep little fingers from getting in.
They are inexpensive and easy to install.
7. Get A Pool Fence: According to the CDC, near drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children age 1-4.
You can greatly reduce this risk by installing a pool fence.
8. Check Your Pet Feeder: If you have a pet that eats out of a feeder, be sure to clean it regularly and make sure the lid is on tight.
A pet can get their head stuck in the feeder if it comes loose and it may take some time for you to realize your pet is even missing.
9. Get Sliding Door Locks: These are relatively inexpensive and can prevent your little ones from getting into the backyard without your knowledge.
Sources & references used in this article:
Understanding Border Collies by B Sykes – 2012 – books.google.com
Keeping busy: A handbook of activities for persons with dementia by JR Dowling – 1995 – books.google.com
Canine body language: a photographic guide by DJ Haraway – 2003 – Prickly Paradigm Press Chicago