4. It’s hard for many new handlers’ to accept the importance of keeping the young pup away from the stock and in a restricted situation for the early months. This means, keep your pup in a safe pen, away from trouble. There comes a time when you could consider tying your young pup, possibly at about 4 months of age. It is also important that you spend time with your young Border Collie each day. I walk my dogs twice a day, but at other times they are either working or they are tied where I know they are safe. You have to realize one thing. A well-bred Border Collie will be desperate to start expressing their huge working urges and instincts. As a 2, 3 or 4 month old, this will mean, chasing the cats, spending all day in the sheep or cattle pens, ripping the clothes off the washing line and then chasing cars, killing the chickens and eventually either driving you crazy or ending up with lead poisoning. If you don’t take my word for it now, you will once you have your pup.
Even as the months and years go bye, a Border Collie will always have these strong instincts and it will be important to always keep your working Border Collie safe and out of harms way. “Harms way” also includes the harm of your stock, yourself and also your dog. Border Collies are veritable working machines who will only quit through old age or death. Anyway, all of this is covered in the video.
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