We soon discovered how fast these Border Collies learn.
By the age of 3 months Telfer would go "down" to a hand signal at a distance of
30 metres, and stay until released by "O.K".
We took him to the obligatory Puppy training classes
until he was 20 weeks old, where he enjoyed the 5 minutes "free for all", but
seemed bored by the slow progress of the other puppies in the structured
training and would stretch out with his chin on the floor while flicking his
eyes at the other participants.
Not wanting the committal of full Obedience training, we
just taught him the essential commands, and a few more which would come in
Experts had said that these dogs get bored if their
minds are not kept active, and so we found.
Telfer at 12 months
When he was old enough Telfer started jogging with me in
the countryside, always running 10 to 20 metres ahead.
To avoid constantly calling him back when he took the
wrong path I taught him "Left" and "Right". Within a few days all I had to do
was shout out the direction and he would turn that way. It was like following a
But I suppose that is what sheepdogs do all the
I never fail to be amazed at his incredible memory of
footpath turnings out of the hundreds we use. Many months later after only one
visit he knows exactly which way to go.