What do you know?

The intelligence of the Border Collie breed is legendary. They are quick learners and they are able to use inference to make their own decisions! This is one of the traits that make them both so irreplaceable as a sheep dog and so irritating as a household member of the family.

Border Collie owners understand their quirky behavior as being part of their insatiable desire to work and their boredom when not working.

For example, here’s what happens when your border collie gets bored because it’s too cold to go outside and run:


I sat down today and typed a list of the commands Skyy has already learned. To date, he is almost 2 years old.  I sent this list to my family to both verify and ensure that I had all of them listed.

Here is the current list categorized by his activities:

 # Basic    # Advanced    # Agility   Herding
1 sit 1 front 1 Scramble 1 Away
2 down 2 finish 2 Boat 2 Comeby
3 stay 3 peekaboo 3 Bridge 3 walk on
4 come 4 pretty 4 hoop 4 easy
5 heel 5 standpretty 5 hup 5 quick
6 side 6 ball 6 tunnel 6 that’ll do
7 find 7 pawsup 7 ladder
8 park 8 pawsdown 8 weave
9 ball 9 leave it 9 touch
10 ride 10 high 5
11 go 11 around
12 mama 12 spin
13 daddy 13 twist
14 Jojo 14 put em up
15 Sissy 15 bang
16 Syrah
17 AH!
18 squeaky
 19  outside

That is 49 words!

The combination of verbs and nouns will elicit a response from Skyy, such as “Find ball”. This will have Skyy happily trot to find his one of 50 or 60 tennis balls we have around the house!


We are continually working on new words for Skyy and new tricks. My daughter has a true talent for teaching Skyy new tricks. I come in later and solidify those commands and make them a daily habit for him.

So how many words does your dog know? Click below to discuss what your dog knows!


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