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I would like to know about COLLIES! We are thinking about getting a rough white collie puppy from Garlind Ridge Collies. First dog, so any and all info/tips/stories are welcome. We have a pretty large house, and will definitely puppy-proof it and tidy up before we get one. Are there any special things we should buy, any sites recommended? Grooming and exercise is no problem, and we would get her spayed and have shots and all the routine health procedures done. My main question is, are there any special care for a collie? I have done research already, but I prefer forums to just reading. What are your experiences?
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The Garland Ridge website has info on grooming. I don't know anything about this breeder, but the website looks good. At least they have health clearances. They mention herding trials, but I didn't see that any of their dogs excelled at herding. I would personally prefer a dog from herding lines than from show lines. Show lines have borzoi in them, which is why they have that hatchet head.

Collies shed a lot and you need to comb and brush them outside. If you don't, they get mats. Get these books: Don't Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor, and The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson.
 

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The main "special" thing about collies is their drug sensitivity - mainly to ivermectin, but there are other drugs that they can be allergic to, so beware of those. I'm sure a quick Google search could explain that better than I could.

Collies can be high-strung and destructive when bored, and since they're so intelligent, they can get bored easily. They're the dog you'll want to teach all kinds of tricks to and walk several times a day. For training, definitely go with positive reinforcement and clicker training. Collies are very sensitive and will shut down mentally if they're stressed out. They can be noisy at times - not just barking, but they tend to make all kinds of weird grunts and groans. They shed like crazy during the summer and you HAVE to keep their fur perfectly groomed. Also, you have to socialize them and introduce them to a ton of other people, animals, and situations while they're young or they'll grow up to be extremely shy and reserved, sometimes to the point of aggression.
 

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Congrats on the new member of your family!! I would say you are definitely going to want a crate and to do crate training. BIG PLUS as a puppy owner! I am a huge advocate of positive reinforcement training, you will get wonderful results that are not fear based reactions to what you want. Sorry Cesar Milan, but positive reinforcement is the best way to a well balanced wonderful companion. (in my humble opinion!)

Get some healthy chew toys or bones: your pup will be teething and will need many things to chew on, especially since she is young and will need direction for what is okay to chew and NOT okay to chew (such as the couch, rugs, floors, door jambs, your pants, legs, arms, hands, and pretty much 99% of her surroundings)

I love Dr. Ian Dunbar's SIRIUS puppy training video. I too am a new dog/puppy owner and this video saved my freaking life and gave me so many good tips for easy dog maintenance in the future. Just sayin!

Best of luck and I hope you and your pup get off to a wonderful start. And if not, well the forum is here for all your woes and good intentions gone wrong! I have read so many sad to challenging to hysterical posts on this site, it truly is a godsend!

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Thank you all! I haven't actually got her yet, I just need some info. I've had fish in the past and this sounds easier somewhat compared to fish, you don't have to change water and manage water levels and whatnot.
Fish don't have veterinarians, either. ;-p
 

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Thank you all! I haven't actually got her yet, I just need some info. I've had fish in the past and this sounds easier somewhat compared to fish, you don't have to change water and manage water levels and whatnot.
Fish don't have veterinarians, either. ;-p
I seriously hope that comparison is a joke. Collies are a sensitive breed when it comes to medications, vet care, and sometimes even food. As they also tend to be soft dogs they require a rather understanding approach when it comes to training or things can go seriously wrong. Without a job they will make one of their own--fish won't rearrange your furniture, a bored collie might! This doesn't even touch on the grooming aspect which is time consuming and if not done properly leads to hot spots and other skin problems.

I also noted that you're mentioning getting a white collie pup. Be aware that there is an increased chance of deafness, vision issues, and possibly other issues associated with this coat color. I hope you TRULY research what you are getting into as any dog requires a life long commitment.
 

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Yes, it was a joke. I've done lots of research. But to me, you can never do enough when it comes to pets. That's why I wanted a forum perspective. There are 7 of us, and pretty much all the time there is someone responsible home. Time is no issue.
 

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Your color choice stood out the most to me. As Shep said, white are prone to issues with vision and hearing. If I recall, allergies may also be more likely.
 
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It looks like the breeder you are looking into is breeding color headed white collies which is acceptable. This is different than breeding two merle collies together to get white offspring which most often have vision and hearing problems.

You may also want to look into rescue. Unfortunately collies are becoming more and more common in shelters and breed rescues are becoming overwhelmed.
 
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