Border Collies are highly responsive to dog training. They love the challenge, they love the exercise, and they love to please their owner. Have you left it too late to train your Border Collie?
The ideal time to train a dog is as a puppy, preferably as young as possible. Even though they are cute and soft and fluffy and all they want to do is play and chew you should start to think about training. Border Collie puppies are ready to be trained at a young age and they enjoy it.
Even before you get your new puppy, start to do some research on all the different types of dog training. They won’t all be suitable for you and your dog but it is good to start with a plan. Once you know what your goals are and how much money you want to spend on training you can formulate a plan.
There are always different options available for dog training. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money taking your puppy to obedience classes then you can purchase a training book and do it yourself at home. Alternatively, if your dog is showing particularly bad habits that you are having trouble with, then you can engage a professional dog trainer for a couple of sessions to show you how to curb the behaviour in your dog. However, no matter which form of training you opt for there is one critical factor that applies in every case, that is, start the training as early as possible.
If you adopt an older dog, don’t despair. You can still complete dog training but you will need to devote more time to the process. By training your Border Collie as a puppy you gain the advantage of a clean slate. Your puppy is receptive to new ideas and not fixed in old ways.
Border Collie puppies are playful and bouncy and want to jump on everything and this is exactly why you should consider dog training early. Rather than face the disappointment and frustration of seeing your Border Collie chew your books and dig under your fence, consider the enjoyment you will get from a well-trained dog. If you look at the situation from your dog’s point of view he will certainly appreciate receiving your attention in the form of praise rather than profanities yelled in anger. Training your puppy from a young age provides benefits to all concerned. Not only will your puppy be happy but your family will thank you for saving them from the drama that always accompanies an untrained dog.
Start early, make a plan, follow through consistently and your Border Collie will thank you.