Border Collie Puppy Daily Routine:
The first thing you need to do when your new puppy arrives is get him used to being around other dogs. You will have a hard time doing so if he doesn’t socialize with them at all. The next step would be getting him accustomed to people and then eventually he will start interacting with other animals too. However, it’s not just puppies that require some extra attention; adult dogs can benefit from regular exercise too! If you don’t give your border collie enough exercise, he may become bored and lethargic.
Puppies are very active creatures and they need to be exercised regularly to keep their energy levels up. They also need to be stimulated during the day because they tend to sleep most of the night. For this reason, it’s best if you can provide exercise for your puppy while he sleeps at night.
You can do this by leaving him outside or even inside a crate (if you have one) at night. You can also play fetch with him, but make sure to only toss a ball at him. Don’t throw anything else near him. You want to avoid hitting your puppy in any way since it could cause injury which might lead to death later on. If you have more than one dog, be sure to separate them when it’s time for bed.
This is especially important if your dogs are of different sizes since the larger one might get territorial and keep the smaller one up all night.
5 Tips For Taking Care of Your Border Collie:
You’ve decided to own a dog, but which breed?
Everyone has a favorite breed they’d like to bring into their home and some people have strong opinions about certain types. But if you’re reading this, chances are good you’ve opted for a Border Collie. First and foremost, congratulations on making such an intelligent choice! Now, there are some things you should know about before you call the breeder and place that order for your new best friend.
1. Socialization Is Very Important
Unlike many other breeds of dogs, Border Collies require a great deal of socialization during their first few months of life. It is absolutely vital that you introduce your pup to as many new people, places and experiences as possible. Taking him for walks in the park, visiting family members, meeting the postman; all these things and more should be done early so your Border Collie grows up feeling comfortable around others.
2. You’ll Have A LOT Of House Training To Do
Many first time Border Collie owners are taken by surprise when it comes to house training. Not only do Border Collies have extremely powerful noses, but their intelligence allows them to figure out exactly what you want from them. This ability enables them to quickly determine when they are about to make a mess and quickly let’s them know that this is something they should avoid. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that you remain consistent and vigilant with your training techniques. When you’re ready to teach your Border Collie not to mess on your carpet, be sure to follow through every single time.
3. Patience Is A Virtue
Like many other herding breeds, Border Collies can be very energetic. They have a ton of stamina and a seemingly endless supply of energy. This is especially true when they are young and just bursting with playfulness. Many Border Collie owners make the mistake of thinking their dog will outgrow this boundless energy and eventually calm down. If you’re contemplating getting a Border Collie, just know that this will not happen.
You will be required to take your Border Collie on several walks every single day. On top of this, you will most likely be required to provide some sort of toy or ball that they can play with and expel their pent up energy.
4. Grooming Is A Must
Border Collies have a thick double coat of fur. While this keeps them nice and toasty in the winter and cool in the summer, it does require a great deal of upkeep. Because of the nature of their fur, you will need to brush it several times a week to remove dead skin cells and other things that might be caught in the fur. On top of this, you will most likely need to take your dog to a professional groomer at least once every two months or so.
5. Make Sure You’re Willing To Put In The Time
Owning a Border Collie is a huge commitment. They require a lot of exercise and playtime and will force you to rearrange your entire lifestyle. If you work long hours every day, have children or otherwise are not home most of the day, a Border Collie may not be the right dog for you.
6. Keep In Mind That They Have An Average Lifespan Of 12-15 Years
Most people don’t think about this when getting a dog, but Border Collies have an average life span of around 12-15 years. This means that you will have at least a dozen years with your new best friend. This is great if you’re looking for a long term commitment, but not so great if you were hoping to get rid of your new pet in a few years.
7. Their Hunting Instincts Must Be Challenged
Many Border Collies will have a strong desire to chase and hunt. This is especially true if you live in an area with wildlife. While this instinct can be useful in terms of herding, it can easily get your dog into trouble. It is your job to make sure your dog is challenged in such a way that they do not feel the need to go chasing after wildlife or other animals.
8. They Have An Independent Nature
One of the most challenging aspects about owning a Border Collie is their independent nature. These dogs are used to working on their own and making their own decisions. This can be frustrating for an owner who is used to being in charge of their dog’s actions. For this reason, it is especially important that you establish yourself as the alpha dog right from the start.
9. They Are Incredibly Smart
Along the same lines, Border Collies are some of the smartest dogs in the world. If you’re bored at home, you can entertain yourself by throwing a ball against the wall and watching your Border Collie jump up to catch it time and time again. However, this also means that boredom sets in very quickly for your dog. It is absolutely necessary that you provide your dog with mental challenges as well as physical ones.
10. They Can Be Difficult To Train
All of these factors combined make Border Collies one of the most intelligent breeds of dog in the world. As a result, it can be very difficult to train them, and they often go about things in their own way rather than how you want them to. They are very independent thinkers and need to be treated as such.
11. They Don’t Enjoy The Company Of Other Dogs
While most dogs love the company of their own kind, Border Collies prefer to be with their humans. While they do enjoy the company of other dogs, it is usually only for very short periods of time and there is a lot of rivalry and competition between them. They do not like to share you at all.
12. They Don’t Always Get Along With Cats
Border Collies were bred to herd livestock, which often included herding cats. While most Border Collies will not actively go after your cat, their instinct to herd will be triggered by a cat’s movements. This can lead to some unfortunate results. Of course, some Border Collies have no interest in cats at all. It just depends on the dog, so make sure to watch them if they are around your feline friend.
13. They Are Very People-Oriented
While it may seem as if Border Collies prefer one human over others due to their independent nature, this is not the case. While they do like to spend time apart from others and have their space, their people-orientation means that they prefer the company of humans over other dogs or anything else. They are happiest when they are with you or any member of your family.
14. They Make Excellent Watchdogs
Despite their independent nature, Border Collies will bark to let you know if someone is approaching your home. They can be very protective of their owners, so they will act aggressively if they feel someone is a threat. While this might make them less than ideal pets if you have small children, it also makes them good guard dogs.
15. They May Herd You
If you have ever seen a Border Collie herding sheep, then you will know that they tend to circle them and nip at their heels. While most Border Collies will not do this to humans, they may still nip at your heels or circle you. This can be annoying if you are trying to walk somewhere. The key to stopping it is to show yourself as the alpha dog, but it can still be a little annoying.
16. They Need A Lot Of Exercise
As previously mentioned, Border Collies were bred to perform physical tasks all day long. While you won’t be asking yours to herd sheep, they still need a lot of exercise. You will need to actively spend time exercising them on a daily basis or they will become bored and start finding trouble to entertain themselves.
17. Grooming Is A Must
Due to the long length of their outer coat and the fact that they do not have an inner coat, Border Collies require a lot of grooming. Their hair tends to tangle very easily, so you will need to brush it for them every day. If you do not want to do this, then keep their coats shorter.
18. They May Intercept Light Objects
Border Collies love to chase after flying objects. This is because in the past their main job was to herd sheep that had the tendency to be all over the place. While they will not try to herd you, they may try to grab your falling keys or an envelope that was just dropped. They are extremely quick so it can be difficult to stop them from taking something they have gone after.
19. They Are Not Always Obedient
Due to the independent nature of Border Collies, they will not always do what you tell them. You will need to establish yourself as pack leader otherwise they will not follow your commands. This does not mean being mean to them or hurting them, it just means you need to show no hesitation in telling them to do something and then rewarding them when they do it.
20. They May Get Frustrated When Working On A Task
While Border Collies are very intelligent dogs, they may seem a bit slow when it comes to performing a trick or task the first few times. This is because they are smart enough to know that they should be able to complete the task on their own, so they will try and try again until they get it right. You may see them getting a bit agitated or even displaying frustration when this happens, but just ignore it and keep repeating the instructions until they catch on.
Puppies need training and lots of attention!
Have you got the time to spend with a Border Collie?
The Border Collie Can Make A Perfect Family Pet
Border Collies make great family pets because they are extremely affectionate towards their owners. However, they can be very particular about who they like and dislike. Once they bond with a person, they will be extremely loyal to that person and will always want to be by their side.
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