Socialisation Part 1: what is it and why is it important?

Socialisation part 1 – why it is essential for your puppy This is a huge subject, so I am just going to write an introduction and talk about the role of the breeder.  That is basically what ‘socialisation’ means – an introduction.  It means teaching your puppy about the world that it will be living … Continue reading Socialisation Part 1: what is it and why is it important?

Finding a Dog

How to find a puppy or find a dog. How to choose a dog Where do you start?  Have you and your family never owned a dog, but you have decided that you would love to have one?  Or your children are pestering you for a dog and they absolutely adore a particular breed, but … Continue reading Finding a Dog

The Herding Instinct – how do you manage this?

How do I manage my dog’s herding or chasing behaviour? Border Collies are bred for herding.  They are part of the Pastoral group of breeds, which means that their natural predatory behaviour has been modified (slightly) to make them suitable for herding livestock.  Wikipedia’s Herding Dog page says: “The Border Collie gets in front of the … Continue reading The Herding Instinct – how do you manage this?