A Border Collie’s eye – staring down the dog’s herding targets — is an essential part of the dog’s success. Here puppy, Tweed, practices his eye focusing on the family cat.
While we have required owners to have their dog’s up to date on these shots, on the recommendation of our veterinarian and because of all the kennel cough stuff going around so much in Columbia, we now need to have the record on the vet’s letterhead for admission to training. This step is similar to what we require for boarding with us.
Please bring the shot record when you come to class for the first time. If you forget it, we will ask that you begin training at a later date when you have the record. A shot reminder list that vets often supply will meet this requirement. An invoice might also have that information.
Here is the list of required inoculations. Your vet may adjust this list of shots for your particular dog’s needs. Your vet probably has given these as part of your routine care of your dog(s):
Bordetella (Kennel cough)
And – Worm free check within the year
There is lots of kennel cough in this area this spring. I understand the inoculation can often reduce the severity of the illness if the dog gets it – somewhat like our flu shots.
Thank you for your participation in this important step for canine health.
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Our six Border Collie puppies had their first visit to the front yard today (2/3). Click on any image to see a larger picture. Then, click the back arrow on the browser to return to this gallery.
Telling the dog to ‘leave it’ can be an essential household lesson – there are so many things in one’s house for the dog to leave alone. One can begin to teach the dog to leave things as a part of the primary lesson to ‘get it.’ One must leave it before one can get it – so to speak. The ‘leave it’ assignment is part of the Puppy Kindergarten class in week 4 and the Level 1 class in week 5.
This exercise teaches the dog to focus on the task you have given – in this case get on your feet and remain in place. The lesson is part of teaching the dog to stay on task after you have given the dog an assignment.
Take advantage of the dog’s prey instinct – to chase. We encourage the dog to chase as a game with the dog eagerly coming back to us for more. We want that eagerness on the dog’s part as an essential element of coming when called. This ‘get it’ game is part of the motivation lesson in week 4 of Puppy Kindergarten and week five in Level 1.
This is part of the Puppy Kindergarten and Level 1 class curriculum
Granddaughter, Amanda, was present for the birth of a litter of Border Collie puppies and for each step of their first weeks of development – eyes open at two weeks, ears open at three weeks — and first solid food on their third week birthday.
This sunny Thanksgiving afternoon was a great time for a romp in our 10-acre,wooded dog park. The park is open for our Building Members. Dogs have great fun. Our Collies were eager to run when we opened the gate. They continued to explore for the next hour or so – non-stop.