Border Collie Adolescence

border collie adolescence

Border collie adolescence is the cause of over 90% of my behaviour consultations, which tells you how challenging this part of raising a collie can be! Their problem behaviours range from aggression to owners, strangers or other dogs, to shadow chasing, chasing vehicles, lack of recall, pulling on the lead or sound fears and phobias, … Read more

Why do collies chase cars?

car chasing border collie

Why do collies chase cars and other vehicles?  Having worked with many border collie car chasers over the last few years, it’s my belief that this behaviour is most often initiated by fear and frustration.  Border collies that chase vehicles often are taken too near to busy roads when they are puppies and are terrified … Read more

Border collie suddenly aggressive

Aggressive border collie

“Border collie suddenly aggressive” is a very highly searched term on Google and unfortunately aggressive behaviour is a common problem within the breed. There are many reasons why a border collie would suddenly become aggressive, and techniques for helping the dog to overcome its aggressive behaviour will vary according to what is causing it. It’s … Read more

Helping your border collie to cope with Christmas – avoid trigger stacking!

trigger stacking

With Christmas approaching, it’s important to remember that for dogs, and for sensitive border collies in particular, all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, can be a VERY stressful time. Unfamiliar people coming and going, the different food smells, the noises, the Christmas tree (and all the new rules about not touching it), presents, and … Read more

Preventing Chasing In Border Collies

preventing border collie chasing behaviour

Border collies have a strong predatory instinct, and it’s this drive that makes them ideal for herding sheep.  They rarely actually kill the chased object, they don’t have the final “kill” element of the predatory response – they are more driven to stop movement.  When first introduced to sheep, most border collies will instinctively hold … Read more