Border Collies are known to have very high energy temperaments. Since Border Collies are highly trainable dogs, they need a bit of encouragement from their master. If you want a low key dog that will not need a lot of attention, then Border Collies are not the breed for you. This is because Border Collies have a lot of energy. They’re not the kind of dogs that will just lay down doing nothing the whole day.
Border Collie temperament is normally to be highly active in everything they do, including minor commands such as “sit”, which they will comply with in an excited manner. After being commanded to sit down, a Border Collie will rarely just calm down. He will sit there waiting for your next command.
Since Border Collies are very energetic dogs, they require adequate play time and frequent walks to manage their high energy levels. You need a large space where they can play and run. If the space isn’t available, take them to a dog park or an open area where they will have enough room to play, run around and use up the excess energy.
Due to the high temperament of Border Collies, lack of physical exercises and mental activity will make them form bad habits like chewing things or even biting people. Thanks to their high energy levels, Border Collies were initially bred to herd sheep. This naturally makes them prepared to work. Because of their incredible endurance, they are a very difficult breed to tire out. You can try reducing your dog’s temperament by taking him along on your morning runs or taking him to the park to play for 10 to 15 minutes every day.
If you happen to live in an apartment, the environment is not good for a Border Collie’s temperament since there’s not enough space for them. Border Collies require a lot of space to play and run around. A good sized yard will be perfect for this. Don’t get yourself a Border Collie if you are not willing to do what is required to take care of them to ensure they are happy and healthy.
Your Border Collie’s temperament will also depend on how bored he is. If you’re away from home for most of the day and your Collie has nothing much to do, he can begin acting out by either developing dominance problems or other behavioral issues. Before you leave the house, make sure that your dog has a chew toy or something else to keep them busy.
Border Collies constantly need to be busy because they have a lot of energy. So, be creative with the kind of activities you lay out for your dog. Another way of managing you Collie’s temperament is by constantly training them. You can introduce new tricks and commands for them to learn. This is also a good way of ensuring that your dog does not develop dominance problems. If he develops dominance problems, it will take you time to train him to become the kind of dog you want.