posted on May, 1 2014 @ 01:32 PM
Congrats on the new furry family members. I had a border collie before our current aussie shepherd and here are my words of advice, especially since
you have 2 now...
-Even though you have your daughters walking them, they will likely see you as "pack master" / alpha. Since they are so smart, if they get upset,
and they will get upset at some point, your things will probably be the target of their devastating teeth. So if you have anything that you really
love/can't live without, put it up now. I don't mean just out of reach, I mean hide it on the top shelf of a closet somewhere.
-they are great problem solvers and ours could open regular doors, garbage cans, pantry bi-folds and the fence gate.
-Our girl not only knew a ton of words, but also knew how they were spelled so we couldn't even spell the word walk without her going nuts.
-get LOTS of toys (& frisbee's) & training treats... I can not stress this one enough! Fill a small bin with toys for them, put it by their dog bed &
you will be able to train them to pick their toys up. It gives them a job & they will need these. Keep a bin of treats handy for rewards.
-as for jobs for them, some suggestions. Train them to get their own leashes for walks. Have them retrieve your slippers when you get home. Got any
yard-work to do? These little buggers will help you take care of any small sticks. We had our girl trained to pick them up and drop them in piles for
us. Simple tasks like these will be critical because a bored collie is trouble.
- They are good usually good judges of character and you'll likely come across a situation where your dogs will not like certain people being to
close to you/your daughters. They will stand between you and that person, try to herd you away from them, etc....
Most importantly, they are fiercely loyal to their people and love being close to them. They are cuddlers, talkers & have no clue that they are not
lap dogs. They are really great dogs & your daughters are lucky girls to have new best friends.