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- Jul 22, 2020
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Nice! Part of me would love to work in the veterinary field, but the other part of me would get too upset if pets weren't looked after properly, or couldn't be savedNo, but I use to be in vet field. Love animals. Spent a great deal of my life training them and handler. They are quite some work that breed..so rewarding to work with ..that high energy is undeniable lol …I think they were voted smartest dog breed tho I forgot which year and where …my neighbors where I use to live had one but they never trained it and being that smart you know what happens when you neglect exercising that smart brain …they are very active dog and requires an owner with an active lifestyle IMO..my neighbors ..they wouldn’t even walk him smh
Oh for sure, you're dead right about collies. They're really not for first-time dog owners, couch potatoes, or people who aren't prepared for the amount of work and time they need! Makes sense, we did breed them for hundreds of years to work all day outside with a farmer, they need a lot of stamina and motivation to spend 10-12 hours out in the fields, and smarts to herd well without getting kicked in the head. They've been consistently ranked the smartest breed (closely followed by the poodle! Oddly enough), and they dominate obedience and agility competitions for a reason
I love all of that, how she's so willing to train and loves to "work", but she's also incredibly sensitive... even a sharp tone in my voice would devastate her, so if she had been owned by someone who believed in the alpha/dominance stuff, or ignored her most of the time, her spirit would have been totally crushed. She can be cheeky too; I swear on like, all the gods, that she has a sense of humour! She'll repeat behaviours that she knows will make us laugh.
Aaaannnd too many people get them without knowing all the above, and don't have the time or inclination to do all those activities with them. There will be the odd lazy collie that's content to be a family dog, but I'd never bank on that! It's not even just exercise, although they need plenty of that too. But you'll never tire one out by exercise alone. You could walk them eight hours a day, and they just get fitter and fitter They'll always outpace a human. I took her on a doggy holiday a couple of years ago, we'd be out for 7-8 hours at a time, running through woodland, wading in rivers, swimming in the ocean -she had a fantastic time, but she'd get back from a day like that, nap for an hour, then leap up and want to go do it all over again.
Mental work is as tiring as physical exercise though, so balancing the two is the key to happy, high energy/smart dogs being fulfilled and well behaved. So she learned all the usual obedience, plenty of tricks, nose work, agility, clicker training, puzzle games, anything new, exciting and makes her think makes her happy, and ready to relax and sleep the rest of the time! Understimulated working dogs - especially collies - are prone to obsessive or destructive behaviour, and who can blame them? They've gotta make their own entertainment if they aren't given instruction and stimulation.
Weirdly for a dog that's mostly Springer Spaniel, and can do some complex tricks -she's terrible at retrieve