Wall 2 Wall Border Collies

Training Notes & Other things of interest.

Training Notes:
Where did border collies come from? How were they developed?  
Why are they the way they are?  
How do they think?
Understanding your pup. 



 isn't just about showing new things to a puppy. We need to take care of what the puppy is feeling in the moment, making sure that he or she can "win" in the challenge presented and ends up with a positive feeling about the new encounter." Busy skate parks are a great place to expose your pups to the erratic noises of skateboarders and loud kids. 

Nell at the Pet Show with a "little" handler, despite the heat, lack of focus of the handler, and the squirrel on a leash... Nell was well behaved, obedient and calm.

Walk the perimeter of the park at a distance on a short lead. Use words of positive reinforcement and circle closer, stopping at times when needed. With enough exposure, your dog will become at ease and more curious than skittish at loud and unexpected noises.
Takes time, do it early and often. Pays in the long run for a calmer dog, particularly with 

{Spike~aka] Lil'Bear enjoying the sun, learning about play with cats and adult dogs {litter6}
Spike now is working as a "bear dog" protecting tourist while photographing nature in a remote area of British Columbia.

 In the early days walk your pup in a place where you can see incoming dog traffic from afar . Try to assess the demeanour of every dog from a distance . Only put in front of your puppy those you estimate to be stable . As time goes on and you become more assured of your pups confidence you can allow them to meet the other dogs.  
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BeeJay waits patiently, understanding pretty much all the conversations going on around her.

Keeping track of puppy:  Accidents happen, leashes break, people open gates or pups slip out the door when someone comes in or out.... there are things that can put our pup in danger... being lost.... I would like to suggest you look into something like this for your pup to track him or her quickly in the even that he or she disappears from sight and can not be immediately located.
Locate your pup  
The microchip in your pup is only a unique identifier used to register which is tamper-proof.
​It is a good idea to put a collar tag with your phone number and his/her name on your pups collar and have a collar on at all times in the event that you need to be able to safely restrain him or her ( better to grab a collar than trying to hang on to a dog by the hair! )  There are many different styles and offers from companies online.  Here are two styles that seem good to me.

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Information about
why we breed,
when & how we do.


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Pregnancy protects against life threatening uterine diseases. The most common uterine disease in the bitch is cystic endometrial hyperplasia. It is linked to several serious uterine diseases including the potentially life threatening disease “pyometra” (literally – a uterus full of pus) which affects nearly one quarter of dogs under 10 years old which are not desexed4 . According to canine reproduction specialist Dr S. Romagnoli “bitches whelping regularly throughout their reproductive life almost never develop pyometra, while those who whelp rarely or never in their lives have a greater chance of developing this condition”.Furthermore a standard textbook of veterinary internal medicine notes that uterine diseases are less common in kennels where bitches are bred and conceive regularly indicating that pregnancy has a protective effect on the lining of the uterus or “endometrium”

Merle coloring and consequences


So now we come to where the rubber meets the road: (from November 26, 2013 by
)  ​excerpt from

1) If you’re looking at your potential breeding stock, and your potential breeding decisions, you should add a very important criterion: Genetic “otherness.” We all know the mantra – breed for temperament, health, conformation. But we must – MUST – add non-relatedness to our list. This takes two forms: First, if a dog is substantially non-related to a bitch, their puppies will be more valuable to the breed than the puppies of a closely related dog and bitch. Second, families are best used widely, not narrowly. If there are four breedings to be done, using four sisters once is better for the breed than using one sister four times.

2) We need more people breeding their dogs. If we’re going to make wider breeding happen, we need buy-in and breeding on a much wider scale. Please note that I don’t mean we necessarily need more puppies – we need more mothers and fathers being used, more dogs left intact, more bitches making the babies. WE NEED MORE BREEDERS. We must critically examine how we sell our puppies, how we restrict our buyers’ breeding choices, and how we determine which dogs are breedable. The current model is NOT SUSTAINABLE. Going on as we are doing now is 100% doomed to fail, as our human numbers dwindle and the dogs being shown and bred become more and more closely related. They are two converging lines, and where they meet (where our breed reaches a point at which it is no longer capable of being sustained in a healthy way) is visible. So this is not a choice we have. We MUST change enough to carry our breed forward. 3)  If you are looking at the available battery of tests for your dog, please first be serious about whether the dog is sound and can live a normal life, is safe and sane and happy. Please, for heaven’s sake, do not forget HAPPY.  If the answer is yes, then by all means do the testing, gather information. But don’t be a slave to the tests if they do not clearly pass the two criteria: They must affect your individual dog and they must reliably change the next generation for the better. Do whatever research you have to do to make sure you really know, genuinely UNDERSTAND, the answers to those criteria. Because we really do, as a community of breeders, have to fill that twenty-years-from-now field. And every single breeding decision changes that result. We should be doing so very, very thoughtfully.

            Registration & some
        background information:
From the CBCA= cbca-and-the-isds
    The ISDS was established in 1906.  Its pedigree register of Border Collies is presented in a Stud Book that has been issued annually since 1949.  The two earliest volumes trace back to the pedigrees of dogs from around 1894.  Over 250,000 dogs have been entered and today the ISDS registers some 5,000 – 6,000 dogs per annum for 4,000 members.

   The ISDS register has historically never recognised any other.  ISDS dogs have been exported to all parts of the world for nearly 100 years and thus form the base of all non-UK registries.  The CBCA recognises an ISDS pedigree, plus those from the American Border Collie Association.

In the past, the flow of sheepdogs was out of the UK only.  Today, there is still an export but new regulations to control rabies in the UK, plus a growing ability in non-UK dogs, means a growth in trade.  This is to the benefit of canine health with an increased gene pool.  Greater interest in international competition means that the ISDS needs to consider the international family of Border Collies.

Meanwhile, there is a growing separation in the identity and behaviour of the ‘show’ Border Collie as regulated by various national kennel clubs.  Such breed standards are detrimental to the potential ability and health of a working sheepdog.  A mutual recognition between those working Border Collie registers that have the same objective would be beneficial.

The International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) and the Canadian Border Collie Association (CBCA) are pleased to announce a joint agreement whereby the ISDS will recognise the pedigree of an CBCA recorded sire and/or dam as valid for the registration of pups in the ISDS Stud Book according to ISDS Rules.

This position has been reached for the benefit of owners, breeders and dogs alike.  The two organisations have the same objective of supporting the Border Collie being a working sheepdog.  It is recognised that this will be greatly helped by effectively bringing together the worldwide community of these dogs and giving owners greater access to an appropriate register.


I got my first dog over thirty years ago . We always had dogs when I was growing up, but this was the first purebred of my very own after I moved out of my parent’s house. She was a golden retriever from a well-respected breeder and proved to be an education for me.

I had always thought that crates were cruel. One of the things I learned with the new pup is that crates are not cruel when used properly, and in fact can be a great tool for the average pet owner. Proper, positive crate training can provide benefits for both you and your dog.

Here are my top 7 reasons why you should crate train your dog:

1. Provide a safe space

Dogs have a natural ‘denning’ instinct and crates can provide a haven for your dog when he is feeling stressed or tired and needs some downtime. Children especially, must be taught that when the dog is in his crate, whether by his own choice or by yours, that he is out of bounds for them and must be left alone.

2. Help with house training

Crates are great for house training. Dogs and puppies don’t like a soiled bed, so a properly sized crate is very useful to assist you in teaching him bladder and bowel control.

3. Household safety

Having your dog resting comfortably in his crate while you are not able to supervise him is a bonus. Maybe you are cooking dinner or working on renovations where your pup could cause safety issues just by being underfoot. Having him tucked safely away will give you peace of mind.




4. Safer travel

Car travel in a crate is far safer for both of you than having him loose in the car.

5. Easier vet visits

If your dog ever needs to stay overnight at the vet’s, he will be far less stressed when he is confined in the cage or run if he has already been crate trained.

6. Damage limitation

Have you seen those ‘dog shaming’ videos on the net, where the pet parent comes home to find his furniture in a shambles? Funny though they are, those disasters could have been avoided if the dog had been left in his crate with a bone or toy to chew on, instead of destroying the designer couch.

7. Evacuation

Finally, if you ever have to evacuate your home in case of a disaster or emergency, heaven forbid, having a crate trained dog is so much easier for all concerned. Whether you keep your dog with you, or he has to be handed over to carers, your pup will be better off in his own crate. He’ll be more relaxed with his own blankets and toys with your scent on them, than one who is unfamiliar with a crate and therefore experiences undue stress.

Misuse of crates

Crates can also be misused and have a negative influence on your dog. Here are some uses to avoid:

  • It is very important to remember not to use a crate as punishment for your dog. His crate should be his haven. I have often found my dogs resting in their crates of their own accord with the door wide open.
  • While crates can be used for teaching your dog the house rules, it is NOT okay to use the crate as a crutch because of lack of training. Your dog wants to be with YOU, not spending his life in a crate, so be diligent
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    Misuse of crates

    Crates can also be misused and have a negative influence on your dog. Here are some uses to avoid:

  • It is very important to remember not to use a crate as punishment for your dog. His crate should be his haven. I have often found my dogs resting in their crates of their own accord with the door wide open.
  • While crates can be used for teaching your dog the house rules, it is NOT okay to use the crate as a crutch because of lack of training. Your dog wants to be with YOU, not spending his life in a crate, so be diligent
  • t your training regime early on.
  • Never leave your dog in his crate for too long, especially puppies who have limited bladder control. If you must crate your dog while you are at work, it is important that he gets a potty break after about four hours (less for puppies). So you can look into having a friend, neighbour or pet sitter come in and let him out to relieve himself and stretch his legs, or look into a good doggy daycare. If you are leaving him crated at home, it is absolutely essential that you make sure he gets plenty of exercise and playtime when you are around.

Common sense should be your guide when it comes to crate training. Good, positive associations will help your pup love his crate for the rest of his life.

Here is a link to learn the ‘how to’s’ of positive crate training: https://clickertraining.com/to-crate-or-not-to-crate

This Is What Really Happens When Your Dog Licks Your Face  From BarkPost Writer  Tori Holmes

     Have you ever been told that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s? This is the perfect example of don’t believe everything you hear. Not surprisingly, both canine and human mouths contain bacteria, and lots of it. Though what’s interesting is that comparing one to the other is like comparing apples to oranges. They’re both mouths, but the mouths of a human and dog are totally different environments with completely different bacteria.         
     Only 16% of the bacteria in a dog’s mouth overlap directly with that in a human mouth.  
Of that other 84%, some of the non-human bacteria can be harmful if it makes its way into a human 

mouth. Studies have actually shown that the transfer of bacter

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Click  ia from dog mouths to human mouths can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease – yuck.
​     This disease is very rare in humans, but common in dogs.  The shocking part is that of dog owners studied, 16% had Porphyromonas gulae, likely transmitted from their pooch – double yuck.   
     If you needed another reason to keep your dog away from your mouth, just keep in mind that there’s even some bacteria found in a dog’s mouth that is antibiotic resistant.   If this bacteria was spread to humans, it would be
much more difficult to treat. 
 Although both dog and human mouths have antibacterial properties that can aid

in the healing of cuts and sores, don’t get any ideas about having your dog lick your wounds. 
     When a dog licks a human wound, there is a chance that bacteria called Pasteurella can be spread.  Pasteurella can be treated with anti-biotics, which is great, but it can also open the door to other more serious infections to develop.
     Despite these potential risks, an occasional face lick here and there isn’t really that bad for you. If you do choose to continue to swap saliva with your little buddy, though,  keep in mind that bacteria transmission goes both ways. As gross as it is for you, it’s just as gross for your dog!


Pete & Lorna Wall
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