Today we had two new arrivals and although thats not unusual what is, is the arrival of four Border Collies in the last few weeks! This is particularly sad as we find that Border Collies often dont fend well in traditional rescue kennels and the sight of a Border Collie bouncing of the walls of a kennel can send a prospective new owner running in the opposite direction! These clever dogs need much more physical and mental stimulation than we can offer!
Of course, the Border Collie is not the ideal dog for everyone, and one of the greatest myths people have is that they are easily trained. In the right hands, they will learn quickly, but it also means that a Border Collie will pick up bad habits just as quickly and a bad habit learnt in 5 mins can take up to much longer to train out!
The Border Collie is a herding dog, which means he has an overwhelming urge to gather a flock. That flock could be sheep, children, cats, squirrels, or anything that moves, including cars. This instinct to nip and bark, along with his energy, must be directed. He must have a job whether it’s actually herding sheep or competing in dog sports. A short walk or a game of fetch every day isn’t enough activity for the average Border Collie!
However, this energy and instinct if channelled properly through agilty, flyball. trick or obedience training, or indeed just a very active lifestyle will give you a fun and very loyal family dog. Not only do we find that once someone has a Border Collie they are very reluctant to have any other breed but that once someone has a border they get another! I think that proves that in the right environment they are wonderful dogs!
Both Harlequin, our handsome boy who went to Engalnd and is now competing in agility and Sake who featured in the blog a few weeks ago as a therapy pet, have active, training minded owners and that is exatly what we are looking for!
So here are our four Border Collies who are looking for a new home:
Heart – 3 year old boy who needs a home!
Ako – a two year old boy!
Ycare – is also a two year old boy!
Alana – a one year old girl!