|Barked: Tue Dec 17, '13 6:14am PST |
|For your family's sake, and for Hazelnut's sake I hope you and your family are very physically active people!
With Hazelnut being the majority Border Collie, you're likely in for a very active and intelligent dog.
A common misconception is that "intelligence" equals trainability. And while to an extent it does, it mostly means that these dogs needs to be occupied or they will discover their own ways to amuse themselves. Most of the time, these activities are NOT pleasing to the owner (think rearranging the house, getting into things, etc.).
If Hazelnut does start to display the herding drive of a Border Collie, you're going to have to find an outlet for the drive. Border Collies thrive off of having a "job" to do, and if there is no outlet, they will herd your children, joggers, bicyclists, other dogs, and perhaps most dangerous - cars. I would suggest that you begin your search now for a trainer in your area that does herding, agility, flyball, treibball, or disc.
I'd also advise getting her into an obedience class as soon as possible. With a new baby on the way, you want to get as much work done on the pup as possible to make the transition easier. As once your baby is born, you're not likely going to have the time to dedicate to the pup as much.
To be quite honest, I don't personally feel that a new puppy, especially one that is liable to be so needy, is really your best decision with a new baby on the way. It wont be fair on you, the baby, or the puppy.
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