WHAT IS A BORDER COLLIE?
Border Collies have been bred for centuries to be the ultimate stockdog.
Their ability to think on their feet, control movement, and work tirelessly
is highly prized by the farmers and shepherds who use them for daily
chores. Border Collies live toplease,in an environment where they have
firm but fair leadership and a job to keep them busy. However chronic
inattentiveness, harsh training methods, or even spoiling (they get bossy)
will make this a difficult dog to live with. In a pet or companion home,
they need a lot of ongoing training, attention, and socialization, and
don’t do well in an environment where they are left to their own devices
or stimulated by things they cannot control. They most often get into
trouble by chasing anything that moves; be it vehicles, other animals,
or people (especially kids), and trying to stop them. This is why they are
not a breed that is generally recommended when there are young
children in the family, mainly because little time is dedicated to the
training and behaviour of the dog until problemsarise. Their behaviour
can escalate to nipping and biting, as they use “gripping” to turn livestock
in a desired direction. Most Border Collie “bites” are inflicted on the arms
or legs, but may also be directed at the face, especially if a child stares
back at the dog. It’s all about control!
IS A BORDER COLLIE THE RIGHT COMPANION FOR YOU?
Border Collies usually excel at tricks and dog sports. This is an
excellent outlet for their mental and physical energy, plus good
exercise for you. At the very least, a Border Collie owner must
be committed to structured obedience training and lots of
controlled daily exercise. Any lapses in these routines can result
in undesirable behaviour from the dog, due to boredom and
frustration. So don’t blame the dog! However, if you enjoy
training and daily outdoor activities with your pet, and understand
that if you make the effort, you do have the power to educate
and modify a Border Collie’s behaviour, then this breed makes
a fantastic companion.
BE A WISE AND SATISFIED PET OWNER
DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!
If you are still considering adoption of a rescued Border Collie, visit
understand that it is required that you complete and return an
home visit, in order to adopt one of the dogs in our care. All foster
dogs are assessed to the best of our ability, examined by a vet, are
current on their immunizations, and altered prior to placement.
We do our best to ensure that dog and adopter are well-matched.
Adopters must sign a contract pledging that if in the future, for any
reason, they find themselves unable to keep or care for the dog,
they will contact the Rescue immediately and not surrender the
dog to a shelter, give it away or rehome the dog to someone who
has has not signed the same contract with the Rescue. We don't
do this to make life difficult for anyone, we do it because we care
about the animals who have come through us and touched our
lives in passing.