(Closed) Any other Border Collie (or BC mix) owners?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have a 3y/o collie/lab mix.  He’s an awesome dog 🙂  He is absolutely brilliant, well behaved, and so friendly & loving.  He gets tricks completely down in 2-3 days so I have had trouble coming up with new things too teach him too.  But between books and youtube videos I’ve found a lot of ideas.  I’m also trying to find an agility trainer around here, and am considering building a little course in the backyard.

Here’s what he has learned (that I can remember right now): 

Basics: sit, down, wait, stay, come, drop it, give it

Tricks: shake, high five, high 10, beg, speak, go to bed, back up, crawl, jump through a hulu hoop, go get *insert well known person/animal’s name*, jump up, stand/get up, leg weave, roll over, go get your toy

We play a game where we hide a treat somewhere in the house.  Start with it at eye level, in plain view, and restrict him to one room.  Then say “where is it?” and lead him around until he smells it and gets it.  Then you can play with multiple rooms, hiding it better so he has to use his nose more, and multiple levels (on the floor, up on top of something).  If he can’t reach it, he is supposed to sit when he’s sure he’s found it.  This is a great way to use up energy on a rainy day.

Another thing we do that people are really impressed by is food aversion.  Basically he is to not eat/touch any food until we say it’s OK.  This is useful if you need him to be calm (focus on the treat!) or if you’re afraid of him snapping up something that is dropped on the floor (something toxic, pills, etc).  My dog is so good at it, you can put meat on the floor 2 inches in front of him and leave the room.  Just make sure you don’t torture the poor pup 🙂

Hope that gives you some good ideas!!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have a BC (I love them but too much energy for us!), but I have done rally and some beginner agility with my corgis. It’s really fun and full of new stuff to learn!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Tell your husband my 40 lb cardigan would like a word with him about being called a small dog! hehe

If you don’t have any sort of training facility near you, you could try looking up videos on youtube. There are tons of them that are actually quite helpful in learning at least the basics for rally/obedience. A strong heel is really important to begin with.

For agility they don’t recommend doing jumps until they’re at least a year old (to allow the growth plates to close and such), but you could probably find some videos of groundwork training too.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@fvsoccer:  oh my cuteness! We don’t have bc now, but I did growing up and she looked so much like yours! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i have border collie/catahoula mix back home with my parents. she’s a little over 2 years old. talk about a handful! she’s a lot of fun tho.

her favorite thing to do is play ball- if we ask, “where’s your ball?” she’ll go looking for it. she’ll play catch/fetch, but sometimes it’s more like “keep away” and she won’t let it go. she likes to play “soccer” too. we just kick the ball back and forth. i didn’t teach her how to kick, she just started doing it on her own (but sometimes this also ends up being “keep away,” hah). i get frustrated with her tho, because my parents live by a canal and the dogs like to go in there to swim or drink water. and she’s gotten in the habit of taking her ball into the canal with her and leaving it there. sometimes we’re able to fish it out, but usually we just have to let it go :/

she also knows: sit, stay, shake, switch (like, shake with the other paw), lay down, roll over, and spin/make a circle.

she’s a crazy dog, but i love her!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@fvsoccer:  I’m really not surprised your pup has learned all those.  They’re just so smart!  I’m a little lucky because my dog can be a complete couch potato when he wants to be, and he’s not a puppy anymore so that helps.  I imagine a pure collie would have a lot more energy.  He does play fetch and will play with anything…balls, frisbees, sticks, whatever.  He’s a really heavy chewer so we get the heavy duty toys.  I have a fenced in yard so that’s where he gets most of his energy out…he spends a lot of time running in circles like a lunatic.  Sometimes I catch him playing ball with himself, it’s hilarious!

The blanket trick will be cute, I haven’t tried it.  I have this book of tricks, maybe you’ll like it: http://www.amazon.com/101-Dog-Tricks-Activities-Challenge/dp/1592533256/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361759466&sr=8-1&keywords=101+dog+tricks

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We have a 3 month old and go for short walks. Now my other border collie when he was growing up my dad would run at least 3 miles every other day with him to keep him busy. Then the rest of the week was just tossing the ball round the house. That seemed to work. He is now 12 years old, no longer runs but expects you to toss the ball 1-2 hours a day.

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