Friday, August 14, 2015

Hot Weather Tips For Your Border Collie & You

Woof, woof, from me and my human. It's been a while. I am happy to tell you all that I have successfully become a well trained, well adjusted city dog.

My human's new job has him working 10 hours a day, during which time I am kenneled. Trust me though, this isn't a bad thing, in fact it is the safest place for me. When he says, "Time to go.", I willingly go to my kennel on my own.

Spring went by so fast and summer is almost over! We have had record breaking temperatures this year, with 23 days so far being +30° C or higher! Yesterday hit +38° C! Unless you are from a desert area you'd have to agree that is hot!

Speaking of hot weather I have some tips for you and your human.

A Border Collie sitting, wearing a bandana.

Friday, March 6, 2015

3 Reasons To Choose A Border Collie

There is no doubt, in my mind, that a Border Collie is by far one of the most exciting and rewarding breeds to choose as a life time companion.

This does not mean a Border Collie is for everyone. They do not come without the price of considerable commitment on the human's part.

That being said, and as the proud companion of an incredible Border Collie, let's take a look at my top reasons to choose this breed.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Dog Is A Kleptomaniac!

I did not want to believe it. It couldn't be true. Could it? My precious Ali a thief? Not just a thief but a kleptomaniac!

A Border Collie laying with a ball.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spoil Your Pet!

Spoil Your Pet Month!

In celebration of spoil your pet month and this week's Wordless Wednesday BlogHop I decided to share some pictures of Ali & friends.

Thanks of course to BlogPaws for hosting this each week! It is a great way to connect with many new people in the community.

Ali & Friends!

Spoiling Ali is easy. It requires only 2 things. An open space and a throw able object. Adding some friends to the mix only makes it better.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

How Do You Show Your Pet Love?

Valentine's Day does not have to be exclusive to people. Many people express their love and friendship for their pets on this day as well.

I have seen many great examples of celebrating the day with your pet. From delicious treat recipes to photos and contests.

It's Complicated..

Or so Ali would tell anyone that might try to woo her from me.

Border Collie laying by a "It's Complicated." cup.

Spring Is In The Air!

We have had an unusually mild winter. More spring like weather than winter weather. Knock on wood that it continues. There is a lot to be said for being able to be out in a T-shirt, this time of year, in Canada.

Ali got to enjoy the day down at the river bottom. I was able to get some good pictures of her as well.

Border Collie at river bottom showing happy smile.

While I did not bake her any special treats or get her a present I know she enjoyed this gift. All dogs love getting out but I feel as though it is extra exciting for a Border Collie.

Border Collie standing beneath a train bridge.

Ali is always a good sport when it comes to posing for pictures as well. Nothing but patience even when I can tell she would rather be off sniffing out rabbits.

Border Collie sniffing ground by a tree.

Happy Valentine's Day From Ali & I!

We wish you all a great day today! And feel free to share with us how you celebrated the day with your pet(s).

© Irwin McNeely & Border Collie Corner, 2015. Unauthorized use or duplication of this material without written permission from this blog’s author or owner is strictly prohibited. All pictures are my own & property of Irwin McNeely & Border Collie Corner.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wordless Wednesday!

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!

Another Wednesday brings another blog hop. This is a great chance to interact with many great bloggers out there and I am happy to participate in it. Be sure to check out the BlogPaws Community if you have not already.

Border Collie, Ali.
Get in on the blog hop!
I love this picture of me! Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoy my blog. - Ali

Monday, February 9, 2015

Agility & Your Border Collie

Agility & A Border Collie.

Dog agility is a very popular sport on a competitive level. A quick search on Google or YouTube will give you an idea of just how popular it is.

Another thing you are likely to find is that certain breeds tend to excel at this sport. It is no surprise to me that a Border Collie falls into this category. Their athletic abilities, intelligence and skill at working with their master from a distance makes them perfectly suited for the sport.

A Border Collie showing agility jumping from barrel to barrel.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday BlogPaws Blog Hop

Join Ali on the blog hop!

Border Collie laying on rocks.

Border Collie Training Videos

Training with Ali.

Training is always something Ali and I work on. No matter what we are doing I always incorporate reinforcement of the commands she already knows. Practice makes perfect.

Ali comes from a line of working dogs but she is not used for work (herding) as I have no need of this skill. The commands I use with her are not traditional herding / sheep dog commands. Due to the unique characteristics of the breed though the commands seem secondary to her instinct of knowing what to do.

The intelligence of a Border Collie also means they are easily able to learn, understand and perform many things other than just herding animals.

Border Collie Laying In The Grass.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tips For Moving With Your Dog

Moving With Your Dog.

Moving is stressful, there is no denying it. Your dog (or cat) is no exception. They are going to feel the stress of a move as well, perhaps more so as they do not have the understanding of what is happening.

Fortunately there are some things we can do to make the transition easier on our four legged friends.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

5 Reasons You Should Adopt A Dog

5 Reasons To Adopt A Dog.

When considering getting a dog people often overlook the adoption option. There are a lot of misconceptions about adopting a dog. Here are 5 reasons you should consider adopting a dog.

  1. Saving A Life
  2. Help Reduce The Unwanted Pet Population
  3. Saving Yourself Money
  4. Don't Support Puppy Mills
  5. Make A Friend For Life

Rescue dogs playing in the river.
Adopting a dog is a great option!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ali Posing For The Camera

Ali In Action!

If you own a Border Collie than you already know the high energy these dogs have. Ali has no shortage of get-up-and-go. She will spring up from a dead sleep at the first sign of movement to the door.

I enjoy taking pictures of her in whatever we do. Action shots are some of the most fun. They are not always easy to catch, I am not a professional photographer by any means. I use my phone for pictures.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rescue Dogs: Ali's Tail

My Name Is Ali & I Want To Tell You About Rescue Dogs.

I am a 2½ year old, purebred border collie. I come from a line of working dogs, bred to love, respect and help my human work. This is the life I want to live.

Humans Can Be Cruel.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Border Collie Training

Training A Border Collie.

I have read a lot of articles about training a Border Collie. I won't say they are all wrong but I will say, from my experience with Ali, I disagree with most of them.

I understand each dog is different and each situation is unique. My sister runs an animal rescue, Ridge Rescue Society, this is where I adopted Ali from. Around these parts Border Collies get surrendered often. It is not an issue with the dogs but the people not understanding what they were getting into. Some of the dogs certainly have had some obediance issues, again not the dog's fault.

What I have learned though is these dogs all have certain characteristics that are almost always consistent from dog to dog.

I am not a professional dog trainer but I know what works with my dog.

Border Collie Trained to Climb a Tree
Here kitty, kitty..

Mentally Stimulate Your Dog

Mental stimulation is important for all dogs.

Dogs are thinking animals and, like you and I, they can become bored.

This is even more true with your Border Collie. These dogs have a high, very high, level of intelligence. Without proper mental stimulation, along with exercise, unacceptable and destructive behaviors are going to become an issue. This is not because your dog is bad, your dog, like a child, is bored and acting out. Idle paws do the devil's work.

The good news is with a Border Collie it is easy to give them a good brain workout. In fact there is one way you can do this by slightly altering something you likely do already.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Breaking The Herding Instinct

Breaking the herding instinct of your Border Collie.

I will start by saying anything stated here is based on my experience with my own dog, Ali. For the record she is a purebred Border Collie from a line of working dogs.

Understanding the herding behavior.

Herding behavior is a trait in dogs that has been bred into them over centuries by man. The natural predatory instincts have been bred out while still maintaining their instinct to herd their quarry. This produces a very effective helper. I won't go into detail on this behavior, if you want to know more you can read up on it here.

Understanding that this is a natural instinct they are born with is the first step in managing it.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Border Collie & You

The Border Collie is a unique breed of dog. They are as much fun as they are work. All dogs require a commitment of their owner but this breed demands it. If you are not prepared for this then you may find yourself in trouble with yours.

Border Collie

What does a Border Collie need?