|Jin, CGC, SDiT, PSD, Assist|
Smarter than a- fifth grader.
|Barked: Wed Dec 16, '09 7:55am PST |
|If you are have or are considering a border collie as an SD please read this.
Border collies (BCs) are different. It's not a comparison to other dogs, they just are. I'm not talking about better looking,being smarter, or anything like that. They are just different from other dogs. When I attend dog classes people get upset at over how easy Jin learns something and the fact he is always at the top of the class. People really do get angry and upset over that. My trainer is always telling them in class, "Don't compare your dog to a BC, they're different." For that reason they don't always make good companions, pets or even SDs. BCs need to work, it is part of there heritage. They also need to be very active, Jin covers 4-8 miles a day. If they don't work they will create their own tasks. BCs can be severely OCD worse than some OCD people, so we as BC owners have to know that in order to avoid making our dogs OCD. BCs have a trait called "Eye", they stare at things, dogs, sheep, people, dust motes, light reflections, more. It can be a serious stare, happy, intimidating, a warning (to sheep) but never aggressive. I've set a dog staring at people and it can completely unnerve them. I've even used their Eye and appearence as a chick magnet, a BC is the perfect pickup tool when trained. ROFL!! They are also incredibly smart. In fact they can be smarter than a fifth grader as they spend time training and rewarding you, the owner.
"WAIT A MINUTE, who's in charge here?" The BC of course.
On the other hand they can be trained to do incredible feats. Youtube is filled with them doing almost anything you can think of. Do a search for Border Collie DVD. They are incredibly beautiful. The classic look of a black and white BC along with others in more colors than you can think of, red, blue, merle, gray, white, tri and more. For that reason people want BCs. Unfortunately BCs are not for anyone. Too many of them wind up in rescue or fostered for many reasons incluiding mental health issues. However BCs can be cured of problems, trained to work even when they're as old as 6-8 yrs.
While not normally used as a Service Dog border collies are becoming more and more popular among the disabled. Jin is a BC, Mallie has one and I have several friends who also have them as SDs. All of them had to learn about BCs sspecifically so that both owner and pup can live in a harmony with each other. This is more important than achieving the same thing with another breed because of the BCs drive and intelligence.
I belong to forums that specialize in BCs, Aussies, ACDs and other herding breeds. Most of us as long time owners of BCs know they are different from other dogs. Training, raising and living with one is totally different than it is from other breeds and sometimes specialized help is needed. There are two major forums for BCs and a couple of minor ones. ABC has been online for 10 years. BC-Rescue just passed it's 1st anniversary. BGoth are filled with experts on BCs. I encourage anyone who is interested in a BC, Aussie, ACD or other herding breed to come, visit and join these major resources about Border Collies.
All about Border Collies
Border Collie rescue.
We look forward to your visit. Tell them Desertranger sent you and let us know you came from S&T dogs on Dogster.
If it's not a border collie, it's just another dog.
You're a border collie, work it out for yourself.
Edited by author Wed Dec 16, '09 8:00am PST
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