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How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 3: Dealing with High Energy and Separation Anxiety

| 12/28/2018 11:21:00 AM


Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, and Part 5 in this series.

Owners of Border Collies often joke about having obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and suffering from separation anxiety. This is easily explained and for a person who wants to own a Border Collie, it is a very real issue to consider.

If you do not have time for your dog, you can expect many bad things to happen and you cannot blame your dog — you have no one to blame but yourself. This is also true with other breeds of dogs and lack of a breed. Dogs require constant stimulation and structure or they can become destructive and uncontrollable.

Hyperactivity and Destructive Behaviors

Border Collies are very high-energy dogs and they are very much like a child with a hyperactivity issue. Puppies will chew on everything, destroy your shoes, books, furniture and eat things that are not good for them, if you do not puppy proof your home. Even outdoor dogs can be destructive, digging holes, chewing on trees, fences and children’s toys.

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