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Old 02-10-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default What do I need for a Border Collie pup?

Hi guys,

Picking up our Border Collie pup Ripley in a couple of weeks, she'll be 11 weeks old.

Trying to get properly prepared, have been reading up loads, now just doing the hard part and opening the purse!

What size crate would you recommend for a BC pup? If you have links to online stores it would be greatly appreciated!

Is a pen a good idea? Something like this:
http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product_g...=303&pg_id=515

She's a longer haired collie, so we're getting a Furbuster for grooming, lots of puppy kongs, looking for good bowls at the mo, and thinking about clicker training (would trying to find a clicker specific trainer in addition to puppy classes be a good idea? Any on the South Coast?).

Any recommendations are welcomed!

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Old 02-10-2009, 09:47 AM   #2
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A crate or pen is a great idear if in Metal cos fabric can be easily destroyed!.A crate is important when you can't keep an eye on him!.
Leash,collar,dogfood,dogbowls,a Border-Collie book to learn more about them,a rake(I'm not crazy about the furminator cos used too strongly can cause irritation to the skin),a pinbrush,a doggy bed and plenty of TOYS to keep those teeth accupied.
As a toy,I would get a medium size KONG that you can feel up with goodies when she is in the crate!.Plenty of tennis ball to teach him to retrieve and nylabones
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Ashenpaw's metal crate at work is 30" X 19" X 21" and he is quite comfortable in it as a full grown adult while I am occupied at work. If you go for an adult sized crate you will want to close off a portion while you have the pup and make the available space bigger as the pup grows as it makes things easier for training them not to go potty in the crate.

Ash's favorite toys are the Everlasting Ball, the Jolly Ball, tennis/racquet balls, and any squeeky toy! However, careful with soft/plush squeekies as they can rapidly be turned into piles of fluffies. Best under supervision.

For grooming I typically use a good slicker on most of Ash, just recently got a pin brush (without the nubbies! These tangle a coat). And don't forget the nail trimmer if you intend to do this yourself. Start handling paws, ears, mouth right away so the pup learns to tolerate this. Never know when you'll need to pop ear meds in, or care for a tooth, and handling the paws for trimming works much better if they don't yank back.

Good luck! Border's are a lot of fun!
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I agree with Draco's crate recommendation, it is a good size.

Moko's favorite toys are the Holee Roller, Chewber frisbee, rubber balls, and his Jolly Ball occasionally.

The only things I put in his crate while I am away are Kong and Nylabone. Make sure to get the size bigger than your puppy in Nylabone to prevent swallowing.

I had extra time so I put the links to his fav toys below:

http://www.petacular.com/products/Hol-EE-Roller.html

http://www.chewber.com/

Are you planning on doing any sports with your Border?
They are tons of fun, and lots of work! Enjoy your pup and be sure to post piccies please!

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A 30" or 32" inch crate is ideal for a border collie, we were recommended a 36" but it's far too big, three Border Collie's could easily fit in it!

I tend to use a comb rather than a brush for grooming because his coat is so thick, especially his back end but it will depend how your pups coat develops.

Kongs are great and they also do quality tennis balls, a must for any border collie, the Kong balls are the only ones that last more than 5 minutes in our house!
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A 30" or 32" inch crate is ideal for a border collie, we were recommended a 36" but it's far too big, three Border Collie's could easily fit in it!
Or a full grown Rough Collie. That's the size crate I have on order for Parker. But he requires the extra space.
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The fabric pens are great when traveling in the car, they are lightweight, and fold down when not in use, and are a lot safer than having a puppy roaming free around a car and a lot cheaper than a dog guard. I wouldnt leave puppy in it unsupervised for long though they will tear if clawed excessively. I use them when going to shows and find them brilliant.

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What do i need for a border collie pup? Plenty of energy Lol! Border collie, great choice....plenty of toys, tennis balls and frisbee, hoops for retrieving. Agree with the above about size of crate, my boys only 7 mnths and is comfortable in his and still has plenty of room for growth.
Plenty of chew toys as mine was terrible for mouthing, but hes much better now.
I took Zak to puppy classes and now hes doing obedience, I didnt use clicker training so i couldnt advise on tht, I use treats for training.

Be patient and good luck

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i use these
http://petsfantastic.com/Portable_Pet_Home.htm


have the inter for benched shows and the large for outdoor shows.

where abouts are you on the southcoast coast? im that area.
if you are near id gladly point you in the right direction for a clicker trainer.
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Be a little careful about using a fabric crate, my manager used them for her Springer Spaniels at work and 2 out 3 got clawed through the door allowing them to wander out whenever they wished. I have NO doubts that the average Border Collie would likely eventually manage the same trick.

These do not look as classy, but they are collapsible and sturdy.... and Ash has YET to figure out how to let himself out.

http://www.precisionpet.com/detail.aspx?id=60

You need not go with this company, but something along these lines is good.
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