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How do I train my border collie puppy?

Bringing a puppy home is a wonderful experience, but it also brings a lot of questions to answer and important things to consider for the pet owner. How to train Border collie puppies, commands to facilitate training and different problems that you will face in this wonderful journey are few things that you need to focus on.

Border Collie Training – Chasing Cars

I came across a few Border Collies that needed basic training while training dog owners at our dog school in Hereford. A common theme stemming from this hyperactive breed was their tendency to chase cars.

Thousands of years of evolved animal behavior and selective breeding have collided with modernity. This collision turns hard-wired instincts, specially bred to herd sheep, into irresistible impulses in the untrained border collie brain to throw itself into the path of speeding cars.

Crate & House Training Border Collie

All dogs, Border Collie or not, should learn house rules as soon as possible.

Even though they are only a few weeks old, Borders pick up new information easily. That being said, it’s a good idea to start training your dog positive habits while he’s still young.

Getting to know the breed

Since border collies were bred with herding in mind, they are working dogs through and through. This means that border collies are energetic and intelligent.

If they don’t get enough stimulation, they can easily get bored. If you are looking for a couch potato pet, the border collie is not a good choice for you.

While border collies were bred to be great herders, they still have a herding nature (more on that later), and they thrive on lots of stimulation. These dogs are an ideal choice for farms and small farms where you need a dog to work with you to keep other animals safe and under control. Not only can they herd sheep, they are used in some areas to control geese.

Top 10 Tips for Border Collie Training

Interactive play such as tug, ball chasing and roughing is a great way to develop trust and make communication with you more valuable than independent exploits and getting into trouble. You become the center of your dog’s universe and the source of everything they desire. High tension games can also be used to develop excellent self-control and teach many key life skills.

Get to know your puppy early. Make sure your puppy has safe and rewarding experiences with all kinds of places, surfaces, people of all ages, sizes, sexes, clothing and ways of moving, touching and handling, vets and buildings, livestock, other dogs and the pets, sounds and other sensations that will become a normal part of their life by the time he or she is 12 weeks old. This exposure should work in tandem with your puppy’s natural curiosity so he can approach and discover new things and experiences at his own pace.