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Old 08-29-2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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When can I expect Harley to calm a little, she's 7 months now and has 2 1 hour walks a day. I'm hoping by the time junior is here she'll be a lot less hyper lol
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I was watching a show on TV this morning about Border Collies. They were saying they mature very slowly and aren't fully mature until about the age of 3. They act like puppies the entire time.
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If harley is a BC you can probably expect the hyperness to last for another three years at least. I have a BC who just turned two this year and is finally out of the chew-on-everything stage, but still has crazy amounts of energy. Most of the BC's I've known or worked with had amazingly high energy levels even at seven years old. Mind stimulation can help redirect this energy, so I would suggest good thinking toys, like a buster cube or stuffed Kong

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You've probably got quite awhile before she calms down considerably. I suggest an increase in exercise & maybe giving her a job to perform.
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Ah a border Collie ... if she's old enough you can get her involved in agility or try playing frisbee or fetch with her in a safe and enclosed area. Do you live near a dog park? If she's good around other dogs a good hard romp with a fellow canine can do wonders to tire out a hyper Border.

My first Aussie was like the energizer bunny. I'd take him on 3 mile hikes when I'd get home from work, toss a ball or frisbee for him for about 15 or 20 minutes and then he'd go home and power nap for an hour and be raring to go again.

Once he hit 18 months however he settled down a bit. But I would bring him to my friends house for a good hard romp with her Aussie. And we'd take them both for a nice run in the woods.

He did settle down when he was around 3 so I guess you'll have to be patient and keep him busy.

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Your BC is too young to be doing agility or frisbee yet. You'll need to wait til she is about 14 to 16 months old for that.

As far as when she will calm down, well, you got a BC!! Unfortunately, if you were looking for a calm dog, you couldn't have chosen a worse breed. Always remember to research your breed before getting it! Depending on the drive in your BC, it may not ever calm down. I know BCs who are into their early teens who are still as drivey and energetic as they were as pups.

A BC must have a job. You must work the mind as well as the body. You'll need to get involved in some dog sport with him. At his age, I would start with some basic obedience classes and then when he's old enough look for further activities. Agility, herding, flyball, etc. There are tons of good ways to keep a BC active. But, if you're looking for him to slow down, it isn't going to happen any time soon. After all, you chose a BC!!
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