How to live with a collie
by Barbara Sykes
Reviewed by Norman Hetherington
versatile and intelligent Border Collie can be an excellent working dog, a rescue dog, family
pet and a loyal friend. Want to know more?
The Border Collie is an extremely versatile breed, faithful enough to be a loyal
friend, honest enough to be a hard worker and intelligent enough to be an asset in rescue and
other services. This comprehensive, illustrated book gives essential advice on how to become
the pack leader by understanding and interpreting the body language of man's best friend.
- Choosing your Border Collie
- Taking home your puppy
- Commonsense dog training
- Creating a partnership
- Adolescent and older dogs
Features: A very enjoyable book packed full of
information and observations. Easy to read and understand will appeal to everyone who wants to
Worst Features: I
don't presently own a copy, yet!
A well-presented book with excellent photographs.
Value for Money:
I don't know of any other source where one could obtain so much valuable information for such a
low outlay. This book will get you really thinking and make you hungry for further knowledge.
Will definitely be adding it to my library.
The author Barbara Sykes must have spent a great deal of time learning 'Dog' as she so aptly
puts it, a subject very close to home for me, and very reassuring to read that many of my own
observation and views are covered within the pages.
I like the way Barbara allows the dog time to think and
reason for itself rather than make all the decisions for it. The Collie is a thinking dog and
if we do not allow it to do so it will lose the ability to think for itself and become totally
handler reliant. It is no good just training the dog to obey, we also need to train the dog to
use its brain. There is a very good section on play and development games we can initiate
whilst out walking our dogs.
Barbara's thoughts on the use of treats will have many
people re-thinking their training methods, and starting to realise where some of their problems
are rooted. Does your dog work for you, or will it only work for food? I firmly support the use
of indoor kennels for young or insecure dogs giving them their own safe retreat, a part of the
house that is theirs.
The book covers every aspect from getting a new puppy
through to caring for the older dog. With well written and information packed sections on
common sense training, fun training, feeding, developing the partnership, kids and Collies,
there is something here for every one.
Although written with the Border Collie strongly to the
fore I'm sure most dog owners, whatever their breed, would extract a lot of information and
insight into furthering their understanding of their dogs in general.
Barbara writes in an easy to read and easy to understand
way, but there is too much to digest in one reading. This book can and will be read many times.
The book was really good. I've already read it twice. It covers so many areas and in such depth
that it will be a regular reference to any dog owners (especially Border Collie owners) who
want to know and understand their dog a lot better. A must buy. Purely personal 9/10.
To receive a signed copy of this book
Mainline Border Collie Centre
Golcar Farm, Spring Lane, Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 3AU.
More info http://www.bordercollies.co.uk
Also available from all good bookshops or
from the publisher:-
The Stable Block, Crowood Lane, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Barbara Sykes has been associated with Border Collies all her life, Her own dogs are all
working dogs and most of her line is related to Meg, with whom she gained bother National and
International trialling status. She has always had an empathy with the breed and is passionate
about maintaining the strong working instinct.
From her farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, she
owns and runs Mainline Border Collie Centre where she devotes her time not only to training
sheepdogs and handlers but also in helping the companion owner to have a better understanding
of their dog. She believes that although the Border Collie is not always employed in
shepherding, owners can gain a close understanding of the breed if they learn more about the
dog's working instincts.
Barbara produces a bi-monthly magazine Freedom of Spirit
and has written one previous book with Thomas Longton for Crowood Press called Training the
Sheep Dog .
Norman Hetherington is the Founder, current Chairman, and chief instructor of
Barrow in Furness DTC, the club he started in 1991. He also teaches general pet obedience to
club members and the public, structs agility and is involved with rescuing and re-homing Border
Norman took early retirement, describing himself as a
'Gentleman of Leisure.' He shares his home with seven Border Collies and his wife Chris.
Valgray Border Collie Rescue (est 1978) has many
collies of all ages, needing working environments. For further details, contact Val Philips on
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