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This information was developed to aid dog owners, adopters, foster homes, and others who share
their lives with a Border Collie. The idea of developing a place for such information came about
after several BCRT volunteers sought help for their own dogs. In the process of learning more about
the best ways of helping our dogs, we became interested in learning more about canine behavior and
the use of positive training techniques to effect behavioral changes. It has been our experience that
most Border Collies thrive when given structure, appropriate stimulation, benevolent leadership and
positive reinforcement for desired behaviors. We have also observed that dogs who are left to their
own devices can become bored and destructive, and that harsh treatment often makes behavior problems
worse. We believe that it is in the best interests of all who own or care for a Border Collie to begin
using these kinder, gentler methods, both to prevent and to resolve problem behaviors.
We would like to acknowledge the contributions of Lore Haug, DVM, Veterinary Behaviorist at the College
of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, who has generously shared her handouts concerning canine
behavior. Dr. Haug has also helped us with our own dogs’ issues and it was through her example that
some of us became inspired to further our knowledge of canine behavior.
Please enjoy the following training aids, but remember that nothing you read here should replace an
in-person medical and/or behavioral evaluation. We can not evaluate your situation and all information
is given to help you try new ideas. Additionally, these training tips are not self-teaching but require
practice and patience. Picking and choosing only some portions of this may not give the desired results.
We encourage those of you with serious problems to read this for ideas and to seek professional help. If
you choose to try any of these programs, please do so by using the entire program over an extended period
Handouts for specific behaviors:
Recommended reading list:
Please note that a portion of the profits on all books purchased through
the links below will be passed on to BCRTx to defray future massive vet bills and to provide
care for rescued border collies. Please also consider purchasing all of your books through
Humane, user-friendly and dog-friendly training
methods! Tools to help you teach; housetraining; basic manners; behavior
problems, and an excellent resource section.
away from punishment-based training
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rid of your dogs-are-like-humans
thinking and learn to appreciate the
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motivates him and how to get the
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When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Focusing on human behavior, Dr. McConnell teaches
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off-leash, lure-reward techniques
work on puppies and adult dogs
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aggression and other aspects of dog
behavior! Positive reinforcement
methods include clickers, food,
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behavioral training on people, dogs
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End undesirable behavior; learn
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Whether starting off with a new pup or retraining an adult dog, it’s all here in one easy to
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human and dog. Owners can train at home. Trainers can use in class.
This is an Ebook!
introduction to clicker training -positive
reinforcement training system based on
help dogs conquer their fears with
desensitization and counter
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can be used for any problem behavior
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Separation Anxiety, help in
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tips on how to raise a dog with good
Create order out of canine chaos in your multi-dog home. Maximize the joy of living with more than
one dog by understanding canine behavior using positive reinforcement to teach your dogs to be patient and polite. Manage
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Helpful links and resources:
Border Collie Rescue Texas, Inc. - P. O. Box 1338 - La Porte, Tx 77572