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Exercising a Border Collie

Exercising a Border Collie

If you own a Border Collie then you already know how energetic these dogs are. No matter how hard you try to tire them out, they will still continue to play, run and chase you.

In order for Border Collies to stay both physically and mentally healthy, they will require some exercise every day. And believe it or not, a tired Border Collie is a lot easier to manage around the house.

How Much Exercise Do They Need?

Well first you need to understand that Border Collies have been bred to herd sheep and that is no easy task. It requires a lot of stamina and thinking to be good at what they do. So even though your BC doesn’t herd sheep around your house, he still needs a way release that energy.

Physical activity is very important to this breed. Lack of it is actually the reason why so many Border Collie owners struggle with their dogs. They don’t exercise their dogs enough and because of that the dogs become agitated and stressed which leads to chewing, barking and digging and other behavior problems.

So how much exercise a Border Collie needs? Well the answer is as much as it can get or at least 10-15 minutes a day of running, but they would prefer a lot more.

How to Exercise a Border Collie

There are plenty of ways to give your dog the exercise that it needs. Here are just some suggestions that you could try. Remember that you’re not limited just to these tips. They are here just to give you more ideas:

  • Start running with your dog – Take your dog with you on your morning runs. If you don’t run in the mornings then you could always start.
  • Play fetch – If your Border Collie knows how to play fetch then you’re in luck. Fetch is a great way to get your dog to run around while having fun.
  • Let her run around in a large fenced yard – Although it could be a little lonely for your dog to play by himself, having a large fenced backyard is a nice way to give her the chance to stretch her legs.
  • Start taking more walks – Take your Border Collie on walks more often. It’s a great way to keep your dog active and to socialize him if you meet some new people during the walk.
  • Get your dog a playmate – This obviously is not an option for everyone, but if you have the space and can afford another dog it’s something you could do. Two dogs would keep each other company while you’re at work.

If you want to learn how to cure even some of the worst Border Collie behavior problems and the exact things you need for a happy, healthy and obedient dog, check out the Border Collie Owners Guide.

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3 Responses to “Exercising a Border Collie”

  1. Sue says:


    We just got 2 BC pups 3 days before Xmas. They were born on 29th of October 2012 & are very well behaved already. They’re are brother & sister, but it appears he was the runt of the litter as he was very clingy & a lot smaller then her, plus she tried to eat his food if we let her. Since then we have trained her not to, which is great as they learn fast. Unfortunately all 3 of us (a couple & a housemate male) are back at work in a week and even though our property is an acre, it isn’t fenced & therefore we cannot leave them outside whilst we’re all at work. I understand you recommend a chain lead for leaving the pup outside & unsupervised, but I am a little worried that with two of them they will get tangled up & we’ll come home to two mangled puppies one day :-( Any other suggestions for the time being, before we can fence of a part of our yard, besides leaving them indoors which at this stage isn’t an option? Also, my partner trains them & takes them for their walks and is hopefully seen by them as Alfa male. I wake them, put them to bed and feed them all the time and generally they will have their daily naps around me. I am presuming that now they see me as Alfa female & are trying to protect me like they would do in a pack. I do part of their training & walking now, as for the first two weeks I thought them everything they know and I believe they associated me as the Alfa dog as they only listened to me then (and have to say, still tend to do on most occasions), until I got my partner to take control for his own sake & start training them as well. I guess I was afraid of loosing control so I also started training them again recently, but am now worried that they might get confused as to the hierarchy and might start not listening to either one of us. Any tips or suggestions how not to create bad behavior and how to get them to listen to us both separately? Thank you kindly for reading my comment & all replies will be greatly appreciated.

    • Sarah says:

      hiya Sue, Mmmmm I would not use the chain for that reason too or just incase they get off. : (
      As for the listening both me and my partner train/walk are dogs but we make sure we both do the exact thing so they don’t become confused and this seems to work well. We did go through a patch where I was taking the dogs out and he was a right pain in the butt but soon realised it was my husband’s fault for letting him get away with it. lol I really think you will be ok as long as you are both consistent as we all know they are very intelligent and will take a mile if you give them an Also when your both home and the dog doesn’t listen say your partner for instance don’t cut in to help him out as collie’s are stubben at times. Let your partner follow through on his own as the dog would then learn that he has to listen to both of you and that either of you won’t be underminded.
      I hope that’s helped a little and maybe given you some ideas.

    • Kristen says:

      I would never leave them on a chain outside. There is too high a risk of them getting tangled, and/or suffocating. I would recommend crate training them. You could also try x-penning them. An x-pen is a wire enclosure, usually in the shape of a circle, that allows the dogs to roam within a certain area of space.

      Good luck with your puppies. Have you read much information about raising puppies together? It’s extremely hard to do on many different levels, but most importantly it will be difficult for them to bond with their human, unless they get equal alone time, and lots of it. Separating them is very important.

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