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How to find a border collie?

At Shadewood Farm we microchip all border collie puppies, adults and rescues before they leave our property. Microchipping your pet can greatly increase their chances of being rehomed, IF you keep your contact information up to date.

If you haven’t updated your contact information, do it today! Don’t forget to update your pet’s vet information as well. Here is a BBC article that drives home this point.

Emotional Support Dog vs. Psychiatric Service Dog: What’s the Difference?

While both emotional support dogs and psychiatric service dogs provide support to their owners, only a psychiatric service dog is a recognized service animal. These dogs undergo specialized task training and have federally protected rights, such as the right to accompany their owner anywhere, including businesses, schools, pet-friendly housing, on airplanes, etc. They learn specific tasks to help their owner. Emotional support dogs and others do not go through task training, so they are just pets that provide comfort to their owner like all pets do. To get a psychiatric service dog, you must be diagnosed with a disability and be prescribed a service dog that you will work with a trainer to train or train yourself, although we recommend working with a professional.

A high protein diet is a must

As previously mentioned, Border Collies are an extremely active breed. For this reason, they thrive best when fed a high-protein diet. This will give their muscles the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy. Besides protein, carbohydrates are also important in a Collie’s diet.

An ideal diet consists of a high-carbohydrate, high-protein meal in the morning, followed by a high-protein meal in the evening. Typical serving sizes range from 1 ½ – 2 cups of food divided into two meals per day.

Is the puppy from healthy parents?

The Border Collie is not immune to genetic problems that affect all dogs. Hip dysplasia (HD) and genetic eye disorders are more common than you might imagine. Currently, it is recommended that breeding stocks be evaluated for these problems before breeding. A reputable vet should look into it. Hips are graded on a scale of zero to four, four being the worst and zero being unclear. Demand to see the certificates. Dogs do not have to be obviously lame to have this condition and pass it on to their offspring. Certificates are only issued for dogs after 2 years of age, so younger dogs will not have a certificate.

Border collies can suffer from progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and collie eye anomaly (CEA) as well as other eye conditions. Anyone can appear at any time. Since CEA can appear initially in young puppies, it is a good idea to have the entire litter examined between 6-10 weeks of age, as this is the only time they can be certified free.