How to Care for a Border Collie Mix
Your dog's nutritional and calorie needs will vary depending on the breed mix and activity level.dog image by Kevin McGrath from Fotolia.com
Feed you border collie mix a quality dry dog food. Ask the veterinarian for advice regarding the nutrient balance for your dog's breed mix, size and activity level. Keep fresh, clean water available at all times.
A Bassett hound heritage may lessen the border collie's intense need for exercise.basset hound image by Christophe Fouquin from Fotolia.com
Provide your dog with a lot of varied exercise. The other breed(s) in your dog's lineage will contribute to the size and energy level of you dog. If your dog is part terrier, it will require a higher level of mental and physical exercise than if your dog is part hound. Keep in mind, however, that border collies are working dogs first and foremost. They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and out of trouble.
Border collies are intelligent and use body language and eye contact to control sheep. It will do the same with you if you do not assert yourself properly.Border Collie image by Scott Griessel from Fotolia.com
Attend obedience classes with your dog as soon as possible after adopting it, and continue with more advanced obedience or specialized classes as your dog matures. Border collies are extremely intelligent dogs, and will have the entire family trained well in no time if you do not immediately take control and lead the way. No rough handling or harsh attitudes should be used in training your border collie mix; training treats, praise and repetition are best.
Border collies are bred for high energy and intelligence to be able to herd sheep. Don't let your dog be bored.working class dog 2 image by Lee O'Dell from Fotolia.com
Devise many games to play with your dog. Use puzzle toys that require the dog to manipulate the toy in order to get treats to come out. Teach your dog to fetch, catch soft Frisbees and tug. The more games you play with your dog, the happier and better behaved it will be. Try teaching your dog the names of each toy and the name of each person in the family. Then teach the dog to find toys or people by name.
Ask your veterinarian about the likely heritage of your particular dog.collie standing image by firelover123 from Fotolia.com
Teach your border collie mix to visit the veterinarian calmly, and keep up regular appointments. The veterinarian can best advise you on health care needs and heritable diseases to watch for based on the presumed breed mix of your dog.