Are border collie puppies hard to train?

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If you are not a precise sort of trainer (most people aren't), then trying to train an intelligent Border Collie can be a frustrating task.

Border Collies have a difficult time learning to generalize, basically because it takes a dog that is less "critical" to be able to follow a sloppy command.

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If you are not a precise sort of trainer (most people aren't), then trying to train an intelligent Border Collie can be a frustrating task.

Border Collies have a difficult time learning to generalize, basically because it takes a dog that is less "critical" to be able to follow a sloppy command.

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Border Collies are known for being highly intelligent dogs and can be easy to train with experienced owners… Like many dogs, Collies don't do well on their own. Because they're so high energy, they ideally need to be in a home where someone is around all the time to keep them active and make sure they don't get bored.
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Your guide to the first steps of Border Collie training

  1. Do your research about your dog's breed.
  2. Keeping your Border Collie's attention.
  3. Be firm and consistent when training your Border Collie.
  4. Give your Border Collie lots of encouragement and affirmation.
  5. Socialize your Border Collie.
  6. Prepare different activities for training.
  7. Stick to one Border Collie trainer.
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Start with the dog on a collar and leash. Have an assistant stand on the opposite side of the plank, to give the dog a sense of extra security. Encourage the dog to walk along using verbal commands. Alternatively, place a small treat at the far end of the walk and encourage the dog to walk steadily towards it.
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Border Collies are one of smartest breeds in the world and many individuals are eager to please and learn quickly. Yet many Border Collies are frustratingly difficult for the average person to train. Some Border Collies use their intelligence to coax you into doing what they want – yes, they might out-think you!
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Keep the training going by increasing times by 15 minute increments to slowly get your pup used to staying in there. Work up to having your pup in the crate for up to four hours at a time. After the three month mark, puppies need to go out every four hours, which helps with housebreaking your Border Collie.
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Start with the dog on a collar and leash. Have an assistant stand on the opposite side of the plank, to give the dog a sense of extra security. Encourage the dog to walk along using verbal commands. Alternatively, place a small treat at the far end of the walk and encourage the dog to walk steadily towards it.
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