Border Collie Puppy Training - 10 Skills To TEACH FIRST!

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- Now if you have a Border Collie puppy at home,

you're probably learning pretty quickly that they learn

the bad stuff just as quickly as they learn the good stuff.

That's why it's so important

that you give them good information.

In today's video, we have instructor Carol with us.

She's a four time disc dog world champion

and multiple Border Collie owner.

She's going to show us the first 10 things she's doing

with her new nine-week old Border Collie puppy

so that you can give your dog the same grade information

to exercise their brain and their body.

I'm Ken Steepe, this is Carol Lawrence

and this is Texas 2-10-4

and welcome back to McCann Dogs.

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(puppy barks) One of the things I like to do,

especially with a Border Collie pup,

is to make sure they're happy to go into their crate

and that they'll go in on command.

So I'm showing her a treat.

I'm going to say, where's your spot?

Throw it in there.

Good girl.

What a girl.

Yes, great.

So to start off, I'm making this nice and easy.

She's close to it.

Where's your spot?

So no chance of her making a mistake

cause nothing else is going to distract her.

Where's your spot?

Good girl.



Now we could do it a little farther away.

Now she's got the idea.

I can throw that crate or that treat.

Here we go.


Where's your spot?

Good girl.

Yes, good girl.

As much as I like them to go into their crate on command,

it's really important my dogs don't burst out,

especially a little border collie move pretty darn fast,

could be a safety issue.

So I'm going to start out opening the crate

and immediately putting a treat in.

She's already had a little bit of this

so she understands something's coming.

But even with a brand new puppy, I just open that door

and immediately put a treat in there.

So they get used to it.

And you can see with her, she's going to,

when I open this, if I try shutting it.

You can see when I open this,

she waits cause she knows that treat is coming.

Now if you haven't been doing this

or you've got a very high puppy,

you may find that they're already barging out.

Now with an older dog, I would simply shut the door.

That's not going to reward them.

But I don't want to shut the door on my little tiny puppy,

especially if they're halfway out.

So what I can do, hey you,

what I can do is just simply drop some treats in.

That gives me time to put my hand in there,

drop another treat.

So that way she's learning, she's ready to come out.

I drop a couple of treats, I open the door

and she's just learning when that door opens,

don't race out.

I'm just going to change that behavior.

It's important my dog goes into the crate on command

and comes out nicely.

But when she comes out, especially with a border Collie,

I want her to focus on me.

And border collies are so interested in everything else.

There's so much value in toys and food.

So when she comes out, I want a pattern.

It's about me.

So I like to get that, and when I tell her, break!

I'm going to have treats and what a good girl

and I'm going to interact with her,

it's not just about the food.

What a good girl.


So it's all about me,

every time she comes out of that crate.

As well as using food, when she comes out to try

to focus on me, despite the distraction,

I can actually use a toy as well.

Good girl.



And immediately I've got something fun.

We can have a game.

Oh, you're so good.

Oh, you're such a good girl.

Such a good girl.

Yes you are.

Now I like to reward my little border Collie

with a toy when she comes out.

The only thing is I need to know

I can get it out of her mouth.

And border collies have so much value for toys.

First time I showed her this toy and we were playing,

she didn't want to release it at all.

So with a border Collie pup, I really want to teach that

out command early so that I know I can get that toy back.

Good girl.


Did you get that one?


So she's got that toy.

Yeah, yeah.

A little something new.

Let's try that again, let's try that again.




So she's got that toy.

She's tugging away.

She loves it.

And if I just told her to drop it, she doesn't know that.

There's no way she's giving up that cool thing.

So I'm going to say the word out, food on the nose,

and right away she drops that.

Good girl.


She's got the toy, she's all engaged in tugging.

She's having a good time.

There's no way she's going to give this up unless I say,

out, followed by the food on the nose immediately.

So the habit is when you hear that out command, get,

when you hear that out command,

you immediately give me the toy

and I'm just going to pattern it.

So she does it right from the time she's a little pup.

You know, sometimes the best laid plans go awry,

especially when you're dealing with a puppy.

So you can see last time she came out

and those other distractions were pretty high.

Suddenly she wanted something new, not her favorite toy.

So that's fine.

I'm just going to change my plan, move the distraction over,

make my toy move, be really exciting, so that we go back

to playing and get some success.

Now you've heard me use the word break quite a bit.

That's my release word.

The behavior doing is over.

Otherwise, my little hydride border Collie

is just going to break whenever she wants,

something moves, a person talk, she hears a noise,

a ball rolls by and she's going to think she can move

from a stationary situation.

And that's not the case.

Just because something moves she shouldn't be.

So I'm making sure she knows early, it ends with a, break!


And I accentuate with some body language

so that she knows it's okay, the game is over.




Now, you notice that time we finish,

she's maybe getting a little tired.

And she decided she was going to go boot around this room,

but I'm using this little house liner leash that's just

dragging so I can make sure she doesn't learn the habit

of taking off and we don't turn it into a game of chase.

Now I may have made a mistake there.

She was about four feet from me and not looking

and I used her name.

I said 10-4.

Now, she turned and the only reason I used her name

is with no distraction in this room,

I was pretty sure she'd turn.

But I've only had her four days.

Why would I think she might turn?

Because I've literally done hundreds of recalls

where I know she's going to be right.



And I move her in close.

Good girl.




So I'm helping her be right.

She's distracted.

I can just put that food on her nose so, what's over there?

What's over there?



So I say her name, food on the nose,

I lure her in close, I can pet her up,

I give her a lot and lots of treats for one response.

I can also, as she's gotten a little better at it,

make it even more fun.



What a good pup.

Oh, look at you bounding in.

Good work.


And We're nice and close.

It's all about me.

What a good girl.


What's over there?



And I'm going to lure her into the front so that we're,

she's focused on me.

Good work.

And I've literally in four days what I've had her

done hundreds of those cause the response to name

is just so important,

especially with the fast moving puppies.

Now, border collies are pretty active

and certainly I'm hoping this little dog will

be a little disc player.

But a little disc dog, but it's also important

that she knows how to settle and can cooler her jets.

So, I like to teach a sit very early on.

It's also a great way of her understanding

that I begin and end exercises.

So I'm going to get a few treats out.

Good work buddy.


So I'm going to get her attention and I'm just going to lower up,


Just make sure once she's in position, yes.

Good girl.

Several treats.

Building some duration and then, break!

Woohoo, yeah.

Good work, Texas.

Yay, good work.

And then I can, sit.


Good girl.

I just wait until those feet are down.

Good girl.

I can even move that treat a little bit now.




You're so good.


Get that thing, get that thing.

And then we can go into motion.

What a good girl.

Always give a nice clear command to let her know

she's got permission to leave that sit.

With all puppies, I want to make sure that I can take

their collar, but especially a border Collie puppy,

they're often very active and they don't really

want to be slowed down, so they may struggle bit.

And I don't want a big fight with my puppy

or making it a bad thing being close to me.

So I'm going to use some food.

I'm going to encourage Texas 10-4, you got to scratch,

Texas 10-4 in close, and then I'm just going to,

let me change hands here.


So, while she's taking that treat,

I'm just going to take the collar.

So she gets a great association.

There's nothing wrong with me taking it.

I'm not grabbing it.

I'm just reaching down and holding it as she eats

and then when I run out of treats I can just,

okay, good girl, release that collar.

So she says, taking my collar is no big deal.

One thing I really struggled with with Texas

was getting that little tiny leash on

that little tiny loop on the collar.

So again, you know, she wanted to be off and moving

and I'm trying to make sure she's safe getting that on

and I don't want to struggle.

So, I can take a treat and I could even have two lines on

and I'm just going to hook that up

or give her a couple of treats while she's chewing.

And I can quickly snap that on.

Or even just hold on, good stuff.

I don't even have to snap it.

The other thing I can do is I can put a couple of treats

on the ground, just distract her so that we're not having

a fight and I want to make sure she's safe.

With a little active border Collie pup,

I really want to balance it off, not do all sorts of running

and playing with toys but also the sit and the down.

So with her, I'm going to teach the down.

If I just tried to lure it, probably her attention span

is not there, but I can, I need you up.

come here, girly.


So I'm going to show her treat under my leg,

I'm just going to do that, down.

And I'm going to say, down as she goes down for that treat.

And again, I'm going to reward several times.

So she understands that there's some holding there.

I'm making it happen cause I keep rewarding

and then I'm going to clearly end it

and say, break!

Yay, you!

And keep her attention so she doesn't just think

break means take off and run to the other room,

but keep playing with me.

Good, girly.

You want to do that again?


Show the treats underneath, down as she goes down.

So she'll learn by association.

Lifting my leg up, I'm not holding her,

just those treats and my calm petting.

Good girl.



And then get her back focused on me again.

Having a game, good girl.

That's a lot of fun doing that.

Now, I have multiple dogs,

and border collies are pretty high energy.

I don't want my dogs running around all over the place

in the house constantly.

And you know, I have to deal with puppy chewing.

So, it'd be really nice if they would choose to lie

on their bed and be calm.

Now how am I going to get my energetic

little border Collie to do that?

So, what I'm going to do is I've got her in line

and I'm just going to ignore her.

There's only thing here is the bed, when she hits the bed,

yes, what a good pup.

Look at that.

It's a jackpot.

There's a whole load of treats that comes down from above.

She's going to wander.

Get those, good work.

Look at that jackpot.

Oh my gosh.

And then she's just going to wander off that bed again

and then I'm going to ignore her again.

She's going to scratch, cause the collar's new.

Yes, good work.

And again, she steps on that mat

and the treats shower down on her.

What a good pup you are.

What a good pup.

She wanders off again.

What you doing?

Good work.

You're already at the next stage.

Good work.

So I want her to understand that every time

she steps on that thing,

something pretty great is going to happen.

Yeah, look at that.

Oh yes, what a good pup.

Good work.

And I can call her off too so that she understands,

hey you, Texas.

Good work.

When she steps onto that thing, she gets lots of rehearsal.

Yes, good choice.


And I can shower 10 or 20 treats, If I want too.

Right, pup?

Good work, you.

In the next couple of weeks, we're going to show you

the progression on there.

So I'm hoping in another week or two

I'm going to be able to work six feet away

and I'm going to say, go to your spot, or where's your bed?

Whatever your command is, and she's going to run to that spot.

I'm also hoping that she actually has so much value for it.

Instead of booting around the house, driving me nuts,

she's actually going to choose to lie down

and chill on that mat.

And we're going to capture the progression on this bed

in a future video, in a couple of weeks.

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