A Border Collie may also be able to live in an apartment if they have a human companion
that provides them exercise and MENTAL STIMULATION
. Training, food toys, puzzle toys and games are all ways
to provide mental stimulation to a working dog
As humans, we often have our “favorite breeds.”
For me, I love Jack Russell Terriers. Because these dogs were bred to hunt, they often are high energy dogs. Although I live in a neighborhood home, I provide my JRT with mental stimulation and exercise everyday
so my dogs’ need to stay busy are met. Unfortunately, many people adopt breeds without considering what the dog was bred to do
. This is when behavior problems can occur. Most of our dog breeds were bred for a purpose, we need to understand that these dogs have needs that are bred into them
When choosing a dog, it is important to find a dog that has a temperament that matches your lifestyle.
If you are an active person that is looking for a dog to run with, you will want to find a dog that is active as well. If you prefer a quieter lifestyle, an active dog could develop behavior problems if they did not receive enough mental and physical stimulation. Believe it or not, you can find the right temperament within your favorite breed if you are willing to look around and be patient. I know a couple very mellow Border collies that prefer to nap over playing fetch or frisbee.
Overall it is important to realize that problems often occur when needs are not met.
If we adopt a dog
with the intention of having a running partner but the dog does not like to run, we are disappointed. If we adopt a dog that wants to herd but we expect them to lay by our feet quietly all day, the dog will become bored and will often try to entertain themselves (which often leads to undesired behaviors.) Next time you adopt a dog, make sure you think about your lifestyle and what temperament/ breed would be the best match