|Barked: Sat Jul 25, '09 9:10pm PST |
|I'm currently looking into getting a service dog and my partner has suggested a Border Collie. Now, I've never raised a border before, but he grew up with them and thinks we can find one that would be great.
While I trust his judgment about the breed, I do have some reservations when it comes to energy levels. This dog would have to be with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have a very flexible schedule so I can take breaks at work and/or school every hour or so if needed to let the dog play, however I want to make sure this will be enough.
Now, *I* can't stay in one place for more than 15 minutes at a time so an active dog is a rather good match. I just don't know that I'm quite active enough for a dog that was bred to herd sheep all day.
For reference, the dog isn't needed for mobility issues. I have periods of fuzziness where I will have no recollection of where I was or what I was doing for anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours. Part of the dog's job would be to make sure I don't wander off and hurt myself during these times. I may also train to guide me home/somewhere else safe, but that's still up in the air.
When I'm not at school (or working, once I graduate) I like hiking, running, rowing, and most anything that gets me out of the house. However, I also have a few indoor activities (chorus, dance) that would require the dog to be relatively still for at least an hour or two at a time.
In terms of training, I have extensive experience with clicker training (APBT, shar-pei, cocker spaniel, and a whole lot of mixes) and am in contact with several specialist trainers for the areas that are beyond my knowledge. I have very little doubt about my abilities to train a dog, but I do want to make sure I'm not going to invest all that time and energy into a breed that isn't suitable to begin with.
I know myself. The second I get the dog I will refuse to ever let it go. However, I can't afford to be a two dog household right now so I need to stack the odds as much in my favour as possible.
|my posts|| [notify]|