When you start the training from a young age, Border Collie puppy training gives you very good results. Border Collies are highly intelligent dogs. They learn new tricks quickly and they are extremely loyal to their owners. Border Collies are also keen to please their owner and this combination of traits means they are very good candidates for dog training.
Choosing Your Border Collie Puppy
Border Collies are beautiful as pure-bred dogs but they are also lovely as a cross-breed especially with some of the Australian working dog breeds like Kelpies or Queensland Blue Heelers.
When you are choosing your puppy most people think first about the color and markings of the dog they want, for example, you can get a traditional black and white Border Collie or opt for the increasingly popular chocolate and white coloring. Even though it is nice to choose the color it is probably more important to think about your puppy’s temperament and health.
If you are getting your puppy at 8 weeks of age, check to see whether the parent dogs are in good health. You can also have a vet check the puppy over to make sure it is well. Also choose a puppy that is friendly and not aggressive. Even at such a young age you will see displays of aggression if it exists.
Border Collie puppy training can start as soon as you get your puppy home. However, if your puppy is younger than 10 weeks old start by socializing your dog with people and other dogs rather than structured dog training straight away. Socialization is important to avoid the creation of any Border Collie aggression problems.
Border Collie Puppy Training
Once your puppy is old enough, the first place to start Border Collie puppy training is with some basic house training. To do this you can start with Border Collie crate training and then this training can be used in a variety of situations including Border Collie potty training, eliminating separation anxiety, controlling barking problems and more.
When you start Border Collie puppy training you should aim to be at home as much as possible while you are crate training and house breaking. It is good to factor this into the timing of your new puppy coming home because you can plan to change your work hours or get other family members to co-ordinate when they will be at home. This helps eliminate anxiety issues which can be the start of behavior problems in your Border Collie.
Once you’ve established the basics of Border Collie puppy training you need to establish clearly and emphatically that you are the alpha pack leader. Train your Border Collie not to nip or chew and send a clear message with a whining noise to show it hurts if your puppy does nip you. At this stage it is important not to allow your puppy to jump up onto the couch and never let him sleep on your bed. This sends a wrong message, it confuses your dog and you lose your alpha dog status. The crate should be used as much as possible in these early months as you stretch out the time you leave your puppy in there.
Most dog owners move their Border Collie on to the obedience training stage between 3 and 6 months of age and start with the basic commands of sitting, staying, coming when called, waiting inside doors and not pulling on the leash when being walked.
Puppies are very responsive to Border Collie obedience training and are keen to please their owner so as long as you are clear and consistent during this stage of training it should be enjoyable for you and your dog.
Border Collie Puppy Training to Protect Your Dog
Border Collie puppies have vast reserves of energy, they are curious, adventurous and always inquisitive. Because of these qualities you need to use Border Collie puppy training to protect your dog by stopping him chasing cars or running away from you in a public place. Train your dog to stop at the curb and come to you when called. (If you need to stop your Border Collie chasing cars please read the article on this website).
Even if you have completed a lot of Border Collie puppy training never take your Border Collie off the leash out in public unless you are sure he will return when called. Border Collies can run fast and get distracted by new sights or smells so you need to be very certain about him returning to you before you decide to take off the leash.
The most important aspect of Border Collie puppy training is consistency. A Border Collie can pick up training very quickly but if you are not consistent in your methods then your dog will get confused and you will get frustrated. If you stay consistent and retain your alpha leader role, you and your Border Collie will enjoy Border Collie puppy training and all the positive ways it helps to build your relationship with your dog.