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The Root of the Behavior
The Border Collie is also known for his powerful stare. Most often to herd he simply lowers his head and stares at his subject until they move. If they do not respond to his command, he will often move in to bark, snarl, nip, and even bite his subject. While many pups are raised and trained to be herding dogs, even the Collie that is brought into a family home as a puppy has this trait innately in his make-up. Stories abound of Border Collies herding children, birds, squirrels, and other living things instinctively and passionately. This herding instinct of rounding people and things up can also be seen in his subtle movements of nudging you towards his food bowl when he is hungry or pushing someone away from his favorite spot on the couch. Your Border Collie is no more capable of not behaving this way then he is of not blinking. He is also very sensitive and alert to everything around him and can often anticipate what you are going to do, his keen eye and high intelligence giving him the upper hand in most instances.
Encouraging the Behavior
Border Collies have been known to dig, bark excessively, and even chase cars. Loud and active children will excite him and almost always spark in him the insatiable desire to herd and contain them. As children tend to have minds of their own, they are not always as agreeable as sheep and can find they now have a dog bearing his teeth and nipping at them. It is a recipe for disaster. It is not possible to train the herding instinct out of your Border Collie. What is necessary is to refocus that instinct into something else. A Border Collie will need several hours of physical and mental exercise a day and be given the opportunity to be challenged often. If you are a physically fit and constantly on the go type of person with an eye for detail, then the Border Collie might be the breed for you. You can also consider hiring a dog walker and a trainer that specializes in Border Collies to help you keep your pup from becoming destructive.