Adopting a Border Collie is a great way to find yourself a new companion and give a dog a second chance that he deserves, but there are couple of warning signs you should watch out for. Don’t get me wrong, every dog deserves a chance at a second better life, but not every dog will fit your own personal needs…
For the most part, the application that you have to fill out before you adopt a Border Collie will ask all the right questions to match you with a dog that suits your home and lifestyle. However it’s better to know exactly what to look for before you adopt a dog to make sure things go smooth.
Things to watch out for before you adopt
Here are some things you should watch out for before you bring a rescue dog home. If you’re not sure about any of these things, ask the shelter workers for some help.
- Does the dog get along with other pets – If you own a cat or another dog, will the new rescue be accepting of your current pets? Will your current dog mind that you bring in another dog, or will he feel threatened by the thought of being “replaced”. It’s a good idea to introduce the two dogs to each other before you go ahead and adopt to make sure they get along fine.
- Does the Border Collie have any serious behavior problems – If you’re not sure that you can deal with a dog that chews, bites and misbehaves then maybe you should look for another one that had more training.
- Does the dog have any serious health conditions – Certain health conditions require special care and attention. Are you prepared for a dog with those conditions?
- Does the Border Collies personality match what you are looking for in a dog – Decide if you are looking for a very outgoing and playful dog or perhaps a dog that’s a little calmer and peaceful.
- Does he respond well to you and your family – When you’re visiting the adoption center, it’s a good idea to bring the whole family with you to see how the dog responds to all of you. It’s perfectly fine for the dog to be a little bit shy or overwhelmed from meeting so many people. What you need to look is for signs of aggression/distrust or growling.
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.