Welcome to the Helpful Reading section! Here you will find information on Border Collies as well as the many activities they excel in and much more! Some of the articles have been written by members of our rescue or by other rescue groups. Other links will take you to pages with a wealth of information on various topics. We hope that the information provided below will help you decide if a Border Collie is the correct breed for you.
General Border Collie Links:
Living with Border Collies: An on-line pamphlet that is very good reading. If you are considering adopting a Border Collie, this is a must read.
Border Collie Characteristics: Another very good read if you are considering adopting a Border Collie.
The History of the Border Collie
Border Collie Colors: Often we get the comment "I didn't know Border Collies came in that color!" In fact Border Collies come in a wide range of colors and color combinations. The above link does a very good job of displaying the many colored coat of a Border Collie.
Some ways my Border Collie or Border Collie Mix has changed my life
Border Collies and Agility:
A little about agility - by one of our members
Tips to help find a lost dog
Cat Chasing and peaceful Co-existence
Hip Dysplasia and Agility
Pointers on Getting Started on Feeding a Raw Diet
Some sniffing about on the subject of Underground Fencing
Milk Thistle - more than just a weed!
General Training Foundations:
Crate Games – Susan Garrett (DVD): An absolute must for all dog owners and especially for beginning life with a young dog or puppy. While this DVD goes into how to use a crate for sport dog purposes, the first parts of the DVD help to create a very solid foundation for any dog. Utilizing this method will do the following: teach impulse control, create a safe way for your dog to exit a crate, teach a dog who thinks so that other training becomes simple! ... among so many other benefits of this method. Highly recommended for ALL!!!!
Ruff Love – Susan Garrett (Book): A book about setting boundaries for your dog while building a positive relationship which last a lifetime. A quick read giving you practical tools to bring your new dog into your household seamlessly, or to start over with a dog you have had a while who seems to need a bit more structure.
Leader of the Pack – Patricia McConnell (Book – included in your adoption packet): A simple and quick read to get you started on the right foot with your dog, MBCR provides a copy to all adopters.
The Other End of the Leash – Patricia McConnell (Book): One of the leaders in working with dogs and positive approaches to dog training. Gives a nice overview of dog training and behaviors.
The Culture Clash – Jean Donaldson (Book): Another one of the groundbreaking books, again a great read for training and general dog information.
Don’t’ Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching & Training – Karen Pryor (Book): One of the first books to embark on using positive methods for training dog. Karen is widely known for her spurring on clicker training methods in the world of canines. A must-have foundation book for every dog person!
The Dog Listener – Jan Fennell (Book): Explores ways to work through pack and leadership issues, in a positive and calm true leader way! Gives some simple items to be able to implement in your own household with your dogs. The author was inspired by Monty Roberts the “horse whisperer” and has used this basis to create a way to interact with our canine companions.
Bones Would Rain From The Sky: Deepening Our Relationship with Dogs – Suzanne Clothier (Book): General helpful information to help you understand your dog, very easy to read through.
Dog Training & Behavioral Issues:
Control Unleashed – Lelie McDevitt (Book and/or DVD): A book taking us on a new path for training and working with dogs to create a dog who makes good choices and feels confident in many environments. The training in this book would be a wonderful foundation for any dog, and has been implemented for dogs with reactive issues successfully. This method uses positive methods and allows our dogs to think for themselves while making changes their behaviors in positive ways. A must read! NOTE: it is always recommended to seek professional advice if your dog is experiencing intense reactions.
Shaping Success – Susan Garrett (Book): While this book discusses foundation agility training, it also gives a great overview of training in general. A nice foundation for understanding operant conditioning and how to shape dogs behaviors. A great book even if you’re not planning on going into agility sport with your dog!
Aggression In Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behavior modification – Brenda Aloff (Book): The bible on aggression issues with dogs, a foundation book for such issues ----NOTE: we recommend if you are having any issues with aggression and your dog you seek professional consult immediately, this book is simply recommended as a supplement to your work with a professional.
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Multi-Dog Households – Patricia McConnell (Book): A good book for living with multiple dogs.
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals – Turid Rugaas (Book): A very easy reference book, short and to the point with many photos which gives you information about how our dogs communicate and what we can look for in their body language. A must for anyone who works with multiple dogs in rescue, or training.
Holistic Dog Care:
Getting TTouch with Your Dog Book – Linda Tellington-Jones (Book): A wonderful method to help your dog physically and mentally.
Canine Massage in Plain English: Taking the Mystery Out of Massaging – Natalie Winter (Book): Step-by-step process laid out simply so that you can offer relief and general realization to your canine companion.