When we got a Border Collie puppy 7 years ago, the first thing our children wanted to do was take him in the 4-H dog obedience program. Many of you have seen the framed photos in the office of Dr. Flanders showing his German Shepherd, Sara when he was in 4-H. My kids were naturally excited to also participate in the same 4-H project as Uncle Jerry. I was happy because Wrangler would learn the basics and continue to add skills every year that the kids continue in the project. This is a great way for your kids and dog to learn to work together while learning to sit, stay, heal, etc.
Wrangler has not participated in the 4-H program for 3 years now, yet anytime we get his choke chain out, he gets excited because if you didn’t know, Border Collies are happiest when they are working and he knows the choke chain means work. He still does the sit, stay, down, heal and walks right beside whoever is holding the leash. When we take the choke chain off and say “Free Dog”, off he goes to run out more energy.