Since you’re reading this page I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you have a new addition to your family, to be more specific – an adorable Border Collie puppy. Well congratulations and let me just say that you made the right choice by deciding to train your dog while he is still a puppy.
The sooner you start training the better and faster you will see results. It’s also important that you use the right training approach if you want to establish a good relationship with your dog. You don’t want him to listen to you because he is scared of you. You want the puppy to listen to you because he respects you.
For a complete guide on how to train and raise a happy and obedient Border Collie puppy, I suggest you check out this guide. It covers everything an a Border Collie owner should know about this particular dog breed.
There is a very damaging and confusing myth floating around that you don’t need obedience training if your dog isn’t disobeying you yet. That’s completely not true. Obedience training is teaching your puppy to behave around humans. It’s teaching your dog not to jump on people, bite you or not to beg for food before he even does those things.
You don’t wait for the dog to form these habits, because it will be that much harder to undo a bad habit than it is to reward good behavior. Obedience training is not used just to solve behavior problems – it’s also used to prevent them.
Border Collies are really smart dogs and learn things pretty quick. However when dealing with a puppy, you can’t jump into training with complicated tricks. You start off simple and then build on it.
Q: At what age should I start training the puppy?
A: You should start training your puppy as soon as you bring home. The reason is because he is learning from you constantly, regardless if you “officially” started training or not. So you could be encouraging bad habits without even realizing it.
Q: What trick should I train my puppy first?
A: Before you train any trick you need to make sure the dog knows his name. You can’t just name your puppy Ozzie and expect him to know that’s his name. Every time you play with him, call him over or take him out on a walk – call him by his name. If you want a first real “trick” to teach your puppy then you should start with the easier one: sit.
Q: Why does my puppy confuse the name of commands?
A: It’s not that unusual for a dog to confuse the commands, especially when there is a treat involved. If your puppy simply cycles through everything he knows until he gets the treat then he probably doesn’t associate the command names with the actions. Practice each trick individually and make him perform them 3-4 times in a row. This will help them associate the name of the trick with what he needs to do. Using hand signals is also a good way to eliminate the confusion that might be caused due to words sounding similar.
Q: What is a good book or guide for my Border Collie?
A: There are several good dog training and care books that I know of, but the Border Collie Owners Guide has everything combined. It;s the only guide you will need and it covers all the basics as well as the more advanced training tips and techniques. To learn more click here.