Exercise and the Border Collie

bordercollie.jpgAs the name suggests, the Border Collie was developed in the Border country of Great Britain. This dog was bred to herd sheep and still often are used for that. Because this is a clever, high energy dog, this breed is popular in numerous dog competitions such as agility and herding. Border Collies are named “workaholic” for its shear drive and love for working. They are one of the most trainable breeds of dogs.
Breed type
  • Herding dog
Physical characteristics
  • medium-sized, lithe, muscular dog
  • medium sized ears are set well apart
  • short or long sleek double coat
Personality
  • very intelligent and aware of their surroundings
  • highly energetic with great stamina
  • affectionate with family and friends, reserved with strangers
  • friendly with children and other dogs
Best exercises
  • Walks – Need to be long (45+ minutes) and brisk, more than one walk per day is good
  • Running – these are hard working dogs and good for distance runs
  • Dog Sport training:
    • Agility – excellent for Border Collies
    • Tracking
    • Herding – excellent for Border Collies
    • Flying Disk
  • Chasing games: fetch, fetch pole, tag
  • Hiking – A great activity. If you and your dog are in shape, pick more challenging walks
  • Dog Parks –  a romp in the park with some friends can give him a little workout
  • Skijoring, Cani-cross, Bikejoring
Suggested exercise plan
Border Collies are a bundle of mental and physical energy, but are work oriented. They love having a job and as they are very smart, they can learn several jobs or very complex tasks. Plan on at least an hour of vigorous activity every day, no matter what you pick.If you are regular long-distance runner, long daily runs are a great plan. Other distance sports are great too.

Training these dogs to compete in dog sports is a great plan–daily training sessions should be a total of an hour a day.

If not, give this dog a chance to run at the dog park regularly and at a bare-minimum, for at least an hour preferably.

Things to know Border Collies are demanding in their need for sufficient mental and physical stimulation every day. They are notorious for developing destructive behavior when they don’t have enough activity, such as chewing holes in furniture, walls, fences, and  digging holes.Prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.

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