Border collie activity/stimulation levels in General Border Collie Discussion Posted March 20 · Report reply 4 hours ago, alligande said: My final observation is that most sheepdogs working in their original areas, northern England, the borders etc don't work all day long every day. Some days they don't work, they might go the pub, or they might spend time ridding the quad, some days are long and arduous. A good border collie should work hard when it needs to and relax when it doesn't, a shepherd does not want an amped up dog bothering him. Absolutely this. A working dog does not work 24/7. They need to be able to work long hours when required, but they are not moving animals all day, every day. That would be very bad for the animals they are herding, and the farmer would be rightly peeved and poor with their livestock dropping dead from exhaustion. A working dog has to be able to not work when that is what is required. A super hyperactive dog is likely to have difficulty being a good working dog on a farm because of an inability to switch off. I know of a kelpie who was rejected as a working dog for this reason, not because of a problem with skill on livestock, but because of not settling when needed. You sound like you have a wonderful puppy, and I very much look forward to meeting her when you figure out how to post photos. If you can't post a photo directly, you could try signing up to Photobucket or some other photosharing site and posting links to photos of her. You will need to make sure you have authorised the site to share the photos.