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Do you need a dog for agility, flyball, obedience, working trials or other Interactive Disciplines? We could have just the right dog for you!
 
To differentiate from working dogs such as stock dogs, sniffer dogs, SARDA dogs, etc, we refer to non working disciplines for dogs as Interactive Skills.
Basically we summarise Interactive Skills as any form of disciplined training where a dog and handler work together, as a team, for competition, sport or just fun.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from us, please contact us on 0845 604 4941 during office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm weekdays.
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.
For more information about our criteria and the adoption process go to the next page in this section using the link below.

Criteria for adopting a dog for Interactive Disciplines from Border Collie Rescue

 
Most Border Collies need a mission! Our interest is getting dogs into the right sort of homes where they can be happy and realise any potential they have, thus also becoming fulfilled. We also know they do best where they have a one to one relationship with a handler and the two of them can share a common interest and activity that the dog find rewarding.
Border Collies, being designed and bred to be sheepdogs will normally have a strong instinct to herd. Dogs with such instinct we assess and re-home to herding homes where they can do what comes naturally to the breed. Sheepdogs, Cattle dogs. Etc.
Others may lack the instinct or ability to herd, but still have a strong work ethic and need to be trained to a life where they can work on a daily basis, with a handler, in order to fulfil the drive they have to be active and mentally stimulated. Dogs such as these we assess and rehome to appropriate working homes where they can do the job best suited to them. Search and Rescue, Police & Prison Service sniffer dogs, Etc
Other dogs need more than an ordinary Companion home can offer, also having a need to work with a handler in some sort of activity that fulfils their inner drive and needs and this is where Interactive homes come in. We assess dogs for suitability for a range of different disciplines and offer them to homes that can provide them.
Not every Border Collie is suited to every discipline. Their may be reasons why an individual dog is not suitable for a particular discipline - for example - temperament, physique, level of stamina or simple lack of ability or inclination.
There is an old saying in agility circles - "If you want to win - get a Border Collie"! - Not really true, but a good selling point for breeders.........
Quite a lot of Border Collies doing agility are not winners. They are either too hyped up to focus properly, have the wrong body shape and build, can't keep up the pace or can't really be bothered. Other breeds win competitions even though they are up against Border Collies.
Some Border Collies simply do not bond well enough with their owners to want to go the extra mile - but the right Border Collie will win - or at least do very well.
We also come across a proportion of ex agility and flyball Border Collies that develop hip, shoulder, spinal, leg cartilage problems and premature arthritis as they get older simply because they were the wrong physique to be doing these sports, but their natural enthusiasm, often encouraged, pushed them too far.
Some Border Collies are not temperamentally suited to agility or flyball because they are naturally too sensitive and revert to hyperactivity, losing focus when they get too wound up. These more sensitive dogs would more likely excel at obedience. Others, without less inclination, may be better doing some search and scent work and do well in working trials with a variety of different activities to stimulate their brains. Some will play all day and will quickly learn tricks and skills
So - If you want to win - not damage your dog and get the best from it - perhaps we should say get the 'right' Border Collie - not just any Border Collie.
As dogs go through our assessment process we look at their potential for a variety of Interactive Skills
Many dogs we re-home go to Interactive homes for various disciplines, but they have to be suitable in all respects to the discipline they are intended for. People coming to us for an agility dog, a flyball dog, an obedience dog, a dog for working trials, Etc, will only be offered dogs suited to these disciplines.
 We don't have our dogs KC registered under our name or insist on them entering competitions under our prefix or suffix. We are interested in the homes, not the glory! Anyway - the folk that take them on do all the training so they deserve all the credit.
If you are looking for such a dog for competition, sport or fun, we invite you to get in touch.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from us, please contact us on 0845 604 4941 during office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm weekdays.
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process..

 

For more information about our criteria and the adoption process go to the next page in this section using the link below.

Criteria for adopting a dog for Interactive Disciplines from Border Collie Rescue

 
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We do not sell dogs - we offer dogs for adoption, to remain in their new homes permanently, but with the assurance that if anything goes wrong we will want to take the dog back and look after its interests. In an uncertain world this can be a reassuring safely net for people who care about their dogs.
Dogs offered for adoption are fully vaccinated, wormed, parasite treated and microchipped. Where appropriate they are neutered or spayed. In any circumstances we do not allow dogs to be bred from or used for breeding purposes and annual booster vaccinations must be maintained by the new owner to protect the dog from infectious disease.
Adoption is a formal agreement between us and an applicant that they will give a home to a dog and look after it properly for the rest of its life, however we are aware that life sometimes throws up problems and part of the arrangement is that we will always take a dog back, at any time, if the new home is unable to keep it - for any reason.
The full terms and conditions of our adoption agreement can be read here - opens in a new window
If you are interested in taking on a dog for Interactive Skills, contact us on 0845 604 4941 during office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm weekdays.
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.
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