As a working dog, the Border Collie needs to think for itself.
It is better to re-home to a more suitable environment where it can lead a full, happy life.
This ability has also been deliberately strengthened by breeding and allows the dog to adapt its training and to work under a wide variety of conditions, making its own decisions when it is out of the sight of its handler.
Because of its intelligence. It is better to re-home to a more suitable environment where it can lead a full, happy life.
it will think for itself and
in a domestic home may - sometimes rightly - believe that it knows better than its handler.
If the handler is not as strong willed as the dog, the dog will naturally try to dominate and take over as leader of the pack.
All dogs have 'pack instinct' and all packs have a leader - the most dominant dog - that will hold its position by virtue of the respect it has earned from the rest of the pack.
Top dogs do not need to rule by fear or aggression. Their body language and confidence induces submissive behaviour from the pack and apart from occasional leadership challenges
they rule because other dogs accept them as superior.
It is generally in the lower ranks of the pack that competition occurs - most fiercely between 2nd and 3rd in the pecking order - then to a lesser degree throughout all levels.
As dogs get older, pack positions will naturally shift, younger dogs rising in the pack as they mature, superseding the elderly as they weaken.
Apply this to the Border Collie in a pet home.
The family is the pack. - The dog is looking for its position in the pecking order and, being intelligent, will naturally ( and instinctively) exploit any weakness to enhance its position.
Unless the dog is particularly dominant, the natural leader of the household will be automatically accepted as top dog and will not be challenged.
The dog may be less likely to accept the leadership of less dominant adults and children can be particularly vulnerable.
This is why it is very important for families who wish to take on a BC as a pet to be more concerned with the character and nature of the dog they acquire, than its appearance.
If the dog is inclined to be dominant and has a strong herding instinct the children of the household - especially the younger ones - will not get respect from the dog and will not be able to control it.
Children may be regarded as stock to be herded into corners and penned. If they resist they are likely to be nipped in order to oblige them to comply with the dogs wishes.
Children may be treated as litter mates to be played with - but playing is also 'training' for adult competitiveness and litter mates will compete in their play - the strongest and most agile being given most respect and rising in the pecking order.
If the dog sees a child as a litter mate it is likely to nip during play - possibly quite hard.
These situations are remarkably common with companion Border Collies, often
being mistaken for aggressive behaviour. In the majority of cases these 'attacks' would not occur if the dog understood its position in the family pecking order.
Bites from Border Collies, under these circumstances, are not likely to be serious but they will be painful and may draw blood.
The experience can be traumatic to adults and children alike, and as
Border Collies nip and bite more children than any other breed, it's
worth bearing in mind.