If you have decided to own a Border Collie, it is only wise that you gather information about Border Collie problems.
If you are already a smart owner of a smart Collie, it is only smart that you at least take care of these most common problems.
#1 – Barking
One of the major Border Collie problems is barking. This dog can bark when he is angry, when he is happy or when he wants to warn you or give you a message.
Barking is the common Collie’s style of communicating with other members of the family.
The doggie can also bark when he is anxious or stressed. This form of barking is not a problem until it becomes excessive. When this happens, you should find out the cause of barking and then look for a solution.
#2 – Aggression
There are four types of aggression that you should look out for including territorial aggression, dominant aggression, fear aggression and prey aggression.
If you can identify the type of aggression your dog is suffering from, it will be easier for you to deal with the problem. A Border Collie that is suffering from this problem tends to be over protective of its belongings and territory. In some cases it will also attack other animals, pets and even dogs.
An aggressive Border Collie also growls, snarls and can even bite strangers and in some cases members of the family.
Apart from training your doggie, you should also dominate most aspects of his life. Let him know that you are the boss and that it is you who sets the rules that must be followed.
#3 – Chewing
Chewing is yet another Border Collie problem. It is common and natural for all dog’s to chew but it becomes a problem when they chew indiscriminately. Excessive chewing is destructive.
No dog owner wants to come back home and find that their canine friend has chewed literally everything in the house including furniture and rugs.
If you do not want your doggie to chew that expensive shoe, you should prevent the problem before it gets out of hand. However, it is important that you find out why your canine friend is chewing.
Border Collies chew due to instinct or when he is teething. If this is the case, you should train him to chew toys. To start with, you can rub a tasty substance on the toy to encourage the dog chew the toy.
Make sure that you give the dog lots of exercise to divert their attention from destructive behavior. You can for example give the dog 2 hours exercise daily or even allow him to herd. This way he will have no time left to chew excessively.
In some cases the dog can also chew when he does not differentiate right from wrong. This could only be solved by giving the dog proper training.