Border Collie Puppy Training – 10 Skills To TEACH FIRST!

– 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. (guitar strums) (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. Break! Yeah. 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. Ready? 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. Yes. 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. Break! Yay. 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. Break! Did you get that one? Break! So she's got that toy. Yeah, yeah. A little something new. Let's try that again,
let's try that again. (mumbles) yes. Yeah. 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. Ready. 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! Yeah.

And I accentuate with some body language so that she knows it's
okay, the game is over. 10-4. Yay! Woohoo. 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.

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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. 10-4. Yay! And I move her in close. Good girl. Yes. 10-4. Yay. 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? 10-4. Yay! 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. 10-4. Yay! What a good pup. Oh, look at you bounding in. Good work. Yes. And We're nice and close. It's all about me. What a good girl. Ready? What's over there? 10-4. Yay! 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. Yeah. So I'm going to get her attention
and I'm just going to lower up, sit. 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. Yes. Good girl. I just wait until those feet are down. Good girl. I can even move that
treat a little bit now. Yes. Break! Woohoo! You're so good. Yeah. 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.

Yes. 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. Yeah. 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? Okay. 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. Break! Yeah. 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. Yes. 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. So make sure you don't miss it, make sure you hit that subscribe button..

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