If you are reading this, then you must have just added a new member to your family. If your new puppy is a Border Collie you are making the right decision by choosing to train him while he is still young. When it comes to dog training, the sooner you begin teaching your dog, the easier and faster it will be.
If you are looking to have a good relationship with your puppy, make sure you are using the right training methods. No dog owner wants their dog to only listen to them because they are afraid of them. Instead, you would like your Collie puppy to listen to and obey you because he respects you.
For further and detailed guidelines on how to raise and train an obedient and happy Border Collie puppy, check out this guide. It talks about everything that a Border Collie owner ought to know about the dog breed.
Border Collie Puppy Obedience Training
There is a very misleading and damaging myth which claims that you really don’t require obedience training if your Border Collie doesn’t disobey you. This is not true because obedience training involves teaching your dog how to behave around other people. You will be teaching your Collie not to jump on you or other people, destroy your things and bite you or not to beg for food.
Don’t wait until your dog has formed some of these bad behaviors. It can be quite challenging and hard to undo bad habits than it is to reward good ones. Obedience training is not only helpful for solving behavior problems; it is can also be helpful in preventing them.
Border Collie Puppy Trick Training
Since Border Collies are intelligent dogs, they tend to learn things very quickly. However, when dealing with a Collie puppy, you can’t just begin training him with complicated tricks. Start off with simple tricks and then build on them in time.
Here is a breakdown on the ages at which you can teach certain tricks to your Border Collie.
- 3-6 Months. At these ages, you can begin teaching your Collie puppy some basic things. For example, you can teach your Collie how to come to you on command, lay down, sit and other simple “tricks”. If the tricks you’re planning to teach involve too many steps or are too complicated, the Collie may end up confused.
- 6-12 Months. At these ages, you can proceed to teach your puppy how to “roll over”, “speak”, “fetch” and other not-so-challenging tricks. Your puppy by now should have a better grasp of the basics. Therefore, learning new tricks should be a bit easier for him.
- 1 Year and older. Everything is easy at this age. You can now teach your Collie to bring you the newspaper in the morning or ring a bell whenever he needs to go out.
Common Questions on Puppy Training
Q: At what age can I begin training my Border Collie puppy?
A: Puppy training should begin as soon as you have brought your Collie home. This is because your puppy is constantly learning new things, regardless whether you have “officially” started training him or not. So, if you are not training him, you might be encouraging bad behavior without realizing it.
Q: What tricks should I teach my puppy first?
A: Before you start teaching your puppy any tricks, make sure that your Collie knows their name. You just can’t name your dog “Buster” and expect him to know that is his name. Every time you want to walk him or play with him, make sure you call your Collie by his name. If you are looking for an easy trick to begin with, “sit” will do.
Q: Why does my Border Collie puppy always confuse the name of every command?
A: It is not a usual thing for dogs to confuse commands, especially if you are giving him treats. If your dog always seems to cycle through everything he knows just to get a treat then he probably cannot associate command names to their actions. Practice every trick independently and make your dog perform them at least three to four times in a row. This is to help your dog associate the name of the command with its action. Another good way to ensure that your dog doesn’t confuse the name of commands and their actions (especially words that sound familiar) is by using hand signals.
Q: What guide book can I use for my Border Collie?
A: There are a number of good dog training books available but the Border Collie Owners Guide has everything you need combined. This is the only guide you’ll need as it covers everything; from the basics to the more advanced training techniques and tips.