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Border collies

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by emilylp, Aug 11, 2009.


  1. emilylp

    emilylp PetForums VIP

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    Carrying on from the SBT thread



    there my mum and dads favourite and mine on par with sbt.

    He would get a thorough run every single day for as long as need be.

    I will be getting a pup at the beggining of july then returning to college in october i think so if the pup is 2 months old when i get him he will be near 6 months when i go to college.

    by this time we will try to make sure he is crate trained and house trained.

    im not sure if i will be at college every day and it will be different times everyday , may only be 2 days a week, if i am at college everyday till about 3/5 then my brther is in every day apart from thursdays and fridays to let the pup go in the garden and give him some socialization, then when i get back me and my dad will take him on a hugee field near me and give him a proper excersiing.

    Ive read there uber intelligent dogs and highly demanding but not hyper if you fullfill there needs.

    I know some people say there not 1st time owners but IMO any dog can be if you put the work in.

    my friends first dog was 2 puppys a Great dane and a GSD LOL

    Me and my dad would be training it (me mostly) and mum and brother occasionly so everyoone is envolved with walking feeding and training.

    then again sbt i think would be better as there smaller and wont shed as much and probably have alot less risk of my mum being allergic ;/ but they is more problems i need to look for in sbt and it cost too much
    thankyou :p
     
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  2. Miss.PuddyCat

    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    I had a border collie as a kid. She was the holly terror. Even at six months I he might not be fully potty trained.

    They need alot of training and plenty of stimulatione every day. I would never get another one unless i had a vast amount of property and more time on my hands to spend with them. I dont think their a good dog for a first owner
     
  3. scosha37

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    Collies are brill if you get the right Balance right..:D but can be chewy if you know what i mean my youngest Collie(moss) ooh he chewed threw a lot of things!

    EXERCISE & STIMULATION Is the main key for collies if you get that right you will have a fantastic dog..;)

    Good luck in what ever you do... but remember not to over look your Local dog shelter for collies..;)
     
  4. GSDlover4ever

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    why don't you do a test like this before you decided what dog to get.

    Select a breed UK
     
  5. Mese

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    I wouldnt guarantee any dog would be toilet trained by 6 months ... every dogs different
    We've had both our BC's from pups ... Toffee was almost 9 months old before we stopped having 'accidents' in the house ... yet Gypsy was a star , we only ever had 4 accidents with her, all of them our fault for not being quick enough at opening the door , it depends on the dog
    (our BC Buddy , now playing at the bridge , was around 7 months old when he was house trained)

    As for them being hyper , I wouldnt say they are as long as , as you say , their needs are filled , most important is mental stimulation , a bored collie is a destructive collie
    my two get an hour long walk/play in the field three times a day , as well as hurdle work , frisbees , balls , obedience work at the field and at home , but then im lucky enough to be at home all day with them

    I do actually disagree that a BC isnt a good dog for a first time owner , id say they are no more problematic than any other breed , just do plenty of research and sign up for lots of classes so you socialise and train your puppy well and you'll have a well adjusted , much loved and loving family friend :)
     
  6. emilylp

    emilylp PetForums VIP

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    Thanks for al the information guys

    and yes puppy classes is a definate thought , theres loads advertised in paper only 5.00 per lesson,

    will brushing daily reduce shedding a little bit

    and also

    GSDlover4ever i just took the test my answers came up with the results

    : border collie 20
    :welsh springer spaniel 19
    :Basenji 7
     
  7. Mese

    Mese PetForums VIP

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    I brush/comb mine daily , a little ritual in the morning when I let them out of their crates
    they love it :D and it definately saves the floors from being 'furry' lol

    I also have a furminator which is brilliant , I only use that once a week though
     
  8. emilylp

    emilylp PetForums VIP

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    do they shed an awful lot? like you will pet it and theres hairs everywhere lol?

    because my mum as with cats may be not sure could be mildly allergic if theres loads of hairs everywher lol

    and yes this furminator ive heard about it , what is it and how much does it cost?
     
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    thankyou :D they look great, will be deffo be getting one with my pup!
     
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