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How to House Train a Border Collie

House training a Border Collie is one of the most important things you should do when you first get it, whether it’s a puppy or older. If you don’t, you will find yourself with a very messy house to clean up!There are steps you can take to ensure that your Border Collie only does it’s business when, and where, it is supposed to. If you follow these guidelines, you should find yourself with no problem, but you must remember it takes time and patience, and if you don’t have either, this probably isn’t the right breed of dog for you in the first place!

The first thing that you need to bear in mind when trying to house train your new Border Collie is that it takes a couple of days. You need to make sure you spend a few days with your new dog and concentrate on house training it. Border Collies are extremely intelligent and love receiving praise so you will find that he or she will pick it up fairly quickly.Initially, you should choose a bathroom phrase, for example, “Go Potty” or something else that you feel comfortable saying.  Remember, this phrase will tell you dog to go the toilet for the rest of it’s life, so don’t pick something you may forget or don’t enjoy saying. After a few times using this as the bathroom phrase, the dog will remember it and learn that that phrase means one thing!

If the dog manages to do it’s business when you take it outside and use the bathroom phrase, say it again with a “Good” in front of it, for example, “Good Go Potty” You should then play with it and give it a treat, so the dog will learn that this is good. If he doesn’t go the toilet, don’t get angry with him. Smacking the dog, or yelling at him will only scare him and it will make house training a lot harder as he will accompany it with the shouts and smacks. If he goes to the toilet in the house, take him outside and use the Training Stick. Put him down next to the and say “No” in a stern voice, but again, do not shout.

After your dog has gone to the toilet outside, play with him, and treat him. You should also try and make this ritual the first thing you do in the morning and he will then learnt that the fun part of his day doesn’t start until he has gone to the toilet outside. He will remember the pattern, and you will find it much easier. 
Until your Border Collie has been house trained, do not let him wander around your house unattended. This may mean following him or her around wherever they go to ensure they don’t make a mess. It will take time and patience, but you must learn not to lose your temper at your dog as you don’t want to scare it. As difficult as it may seem ,the Border Collie will learn the system very quickly, and you will be thankful for taking the time to teach it when it’s not messing up your house!

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