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Can I handle a border collie? I'll be a junior in college and I'm looking at rescue BCs (1-2 years o

Garrett UpchurchGarrett Upchurch Sugar LandPosts: 3Member
I like to think I'm an above average dog owner. I grew up with a poodle mix, lab mix, pure bred Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie), and Siberian Husky. The Sheltie was my pup I picked out and I loved him but knew I always wanted a border collie when I was on my own. The Sheltie is the closest to a BC and the herding and barking was no issue. The past year I pet sit so on any given day I was dealing with 1-3 dogs(2 pit lab mixes, and a Pyrenees). One pit mix was 6 years, the other 8 months, and the Pyrenees 18 months. I want to work with this dog to teach it tricks, maybe work in agility, and definitely frisbee. My schedule is pretty relaxed and I estimate I could provide 2-3 hours per weekday for physical exercise and mental stimulation(morning and evening run, obediance, and frisbee practice). The max I should be gone from my house is 4 hours a day, but my roommates will be home when I'm gone, good with dogs. Money is no problem. 2400 sqft house with fenced yard and dog parks near house.

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  • Linda WoodyLinda Woody Posts: 299Member
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    Hi. Given your past history with dogs, I don't see a problem. Lots of land to run around about- and you did say you could spend up to 3 hrs a day on training? That's good. I got my Border Collie as a second owner- he was off to a bad start- but he bonded well with my other dogggies. (one was a Husky, too) As he got older, he was way overprotective- Knock at the door, for instance. Borders are very smart! They need exercise, exercise! I think that you would even ask, it proves how much you care, you could have a great dog! Did I say that they were really overprotective? Okay, keep that in mind. Go for it! You sound like you could give that doggie a good home. Good luck! They need time and affection. Wishing you well!
  • Robyn BennettRobyn Bennett Posts: 44Member
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    If you can spend 2-3 hours per day with training and exercise, I would say the dog will be very very happy with you. That is a lot more then a lot of dogs get. Sounds like you have plenty of room for a dog and finances are not an issue. I would see no reason why not. Taking in a rescue is an awesome experience. I have taken in several, some to re-home, some to keep. It gives a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you have made a difference in the life of such a special, wonderful little guy...
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