Training Your Rough Collie

Rough Collie Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 27 – 34kg (60 – 75lbs).
Female – 23 – 30kg (51 – 66lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 56 – 61cm (22 – 24in).
Female – 51 – 56cm (20 – 22in).

Coat:
Double coat – harsh, straight outer coat and soft, close under coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 16 years.

Average Litter Size:
4 – 6 puppies.

Rough Collie Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
In-depth Rough Collie training is required so that these dogs can reach their full potential.  While clever, friendly and energetic, this breed still needs the right guidance and training to ensure they are always under your control.  Many believe that they don’t need to be breed as they have a natural intelligence which means they understand what to do; this is simply not the case.  Rough Collie training should be undertaken with as much vigour and enthusiasm as with any breed.

The process of Rough Collie training can be a very easy, as the breed is particularly obedient and sensitive in nature. They will respond best to training from their masters, although the nature of the breed is to seek acceptance from all of the members of a household. As such, a Collie can be successfully trained by any person that he or she sees on a regular basis, so many families allow children to train their dog as a productive activity for both the animal and the children in a house.  However, this is not to say that proper obedience training is not an absolute necessity. They need to be trained carefully and with as much positive reinforcement as possible. Negative reinforcement can slow the process and defeat the spirit of the animal. A trainer should use treats, encouragement, and other positive tools to keep Rough Collie training moving forward.

Unlike some other breeds, Rough Collie training is not usually resisted and they tend to enjoy long training sessions of an hour or so. Housebreaking is similarly easy. It is important to know that they were bred to be a working dog. It's typically highly energetic and will constantly look for stimulating activities. If time is not devoted to training a Collie, destructive behaviours may start. The dog may begin digging up a back yard or chewing on furniture. To avoid this type of behaviour, Rough Collie training should begin as soon as possible, preferably from the age of six months or so.

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