(moving this from another thread)
My wife and I have wanted a border collie for a very long time. And recently we started looking for one. We tried rescue places first, but had bad experiences with most. But we finally found a breeder that was very nice and had 1 puppy left from her last litter. His name is Patrick.
Now, right away, you're thinking "Why only 1 puppy?" and we were to... Well, the breeder bread working dogs and trained them. She also has classes in her area where she trains other peoples dogs, that sort of thing. Patrick was 6 months old and had NO interest in sheep at all. He's a typical "Shy Dog" in that, he wants to be in his parents laps more than anything and is not at all interested in herding, jumping through hoops, or anything else that your typical working dog would want to do. So she was looking for a "family home" for him. Which was perfect for us.
Patrick has turned out great. He's a "Mellow" dog (well, at least compared to other BCs) He's 9 months now and VERY well behaved. He goes right into his crate when asked. He plays with Tennis Balls and Frisbees in the back yard... by himself. He doesn't get the whole "bring them back" thing yet. He has chewing issues, but as long as we keep well stocked with Pigears he's fine.
My wife walks him for an hour a day. I play vigorously with him in the backyard for about 30min a day (he's on a full tilt run most of the time) and he also plays on his own outside quite a bit.
The only problem is the thing that makes Patrick unique. He IS shy. When new people come into the house, he is ears down, tail tucked away. We have them feed him treats and he warms up a little. If there are a lot of people in the house (thanksgiving) he has no idea what to do.
When we take him to the dog park he LOVES it. Running without a leash, sniffing all the dogs. But he sometimes jumps and trys to bite their necks. I believe this is related to his insecurity. He wants to put them down on the ground. Especially the little dogs.
We are specifically worried about children. He is afraid of them, despite being around them regularly. They just approach him in a very bad manner, usually yelling and sometime "Hitting" him (they think they are petting) he has tried to nip at them several times. It's only defensive, but its not acceptable.
We just started an obedience class, but my wife picked out one at Petsmart. And it is terrible. They don't have a clue what they are doing. With all the barking dogs and noise, we could barely hear anything and poor patrick was scared and growling. Whenever another dog trys to sniff my wife he gets very possessive.
Does anyone have any tips for us?