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Border Collie Puppy Training

Border Collie Puppy Training

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.

Puppy Obedience Training

Puppy TrainingThere 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.

Puppy Trick Training

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.

  • 3-6 Months – Start teaching your Border Collie puppy the basics. Teach him to come to you on command, sit, lay down and other easy “tricks”. Tricks that are too complicated and involve too many steps can be confusing for a puppy at such a young age.
  • 6-12 months – Now you can include “roll over”, “fetch”, “speak” and other medium difficulty tricks. Your Border Collie should already have a good concept of the basics, and learning these tricks should be fairly easy for him.
  • 1 year and older – Anything goes at this age. If you want to train your Border Collie to ring a bell when he needs to go out, or bring you your morning newspaper then this is the right time to do so.

Common Questions – Q&A

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.

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6 Responses to “Border Collie Puppy Training”

  1. Simge says:

    My puppy needs training

  2. Simge says:

    Her name is roxy and she mess the garden

  3. Ronneh says:

    Hello,
    I’ve recently adopted a bc puppy (8weeks old), and she’s giving me quite a hard time. she got seperated from her mother way too early, with us she just doesn’t seem to understand that her playful biting hurts. I’ve tried to “yelp” and ignore her, replaced my hands/feet with a chewing toy and praised for chewing it instead, she just won’t slow down. At home she doesn’t question the rankings (waits patiently for her food, sits infront of doors until everyone passed and listens great to commands), but as soon as we’re outside for a walk she keeps trying to pull ahead or to the sides. when she knows were heading home her pulling gets terrible, even with heel command. I’ve tried keeping her attention with treats, stopping until she calmed down and changing directions. I understand she wants to explore and such, and she has plenty of chances to do so -but I don’t know how to stop her from pulling ahead. I walk her 3 times a day until I notice she feels tired, and at home she sleeps for an hour or two afterwards -like she’s supposed to do. I also practice tricks with her every day, but no matter how much she walked the day, played fetch or had training sessions she keeps getting hyper around 8pm and is terrible to get in control -even playing with our other dog won’t wear her out. I can’t take her out in the dark because she’s afraid, and 10min of training + playing afterwards won’t do much.
    what can I do to make my little one feel more balanced?

    • lewis says:

      hey ronneh we have a year old border collie at the house who is similar on walks, when his out he loves to play so when his of out pulls through excitement. we found that it is useful to walk on a harness he pulls less and its easier to control. sometimes commands are hard to use outside due to whether they are paying attention if the dog is pulling perhaps try stopping and standing still because they will stop with you and look at you for a command from this you can then tell them no pulling or heel. other things might be food as well for the hyper if its a working dog food you may not be doing enough exercise to burn of the energy so perhaps have a look at that. with biting few things you could try is biting ears but that can be bit extreme other stuff you should try first is tapping there nose gently saying sternly no then give a toy they can chew and when they start chewing it praise them. with dogs don’t focus on the negative as much as the positive by all means tell them no but correct them and praise for doing the good deed even if its straight after.

  4. Jennalost says:

    I recently adopted a border collie puppy around 8 wks and at first she was doing great. Then a few days later she started going potty in the house again she was doing really good with pooping outside it was only the pee that she had a hard time with . Now after a few wks she is peeing and pooping inside and out we can go outside and she will pee then she comes inside and does it again .. I’ve been told not to rub there face in it also to rub her face in it .. She also pee’s on her bedding most dogs don’t do that from what I’m told..She was afraid of cars now she tries to chase them .. She’s having a real hard time learning and I don’t know what I”m doing wrong please any idea’s we got her for an autistic child and right now she’s starting to annoy him and I don’t want that to happen .. Please anyone ..

  5. s.stoughton says:

    Find I spend more than 40 hrs a week with my BC (walking @ least 25 mile every 7 days)they require a lot of your time outside,don’t forget,they are a “working” dog.

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