Author: Carol Price
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The Border Collie is a breed renowned for its intelligence, quick thinking and highly versatile mind, capable of excelling in so many pursuits and disciplines. But it is also a breed like no other, with an inner psychology that can be complex, challenging and consistently misunderstood. For years, owners have wondered why a breed that can be so brilliant in some ways can be so trouble in others—prone to controlling, super sensitive, reactive, phobic and obsessive behaviors, often with a less "sociable" brain. The answers are revealed in a groundbreaking trilogy by the author of the best-selling book Collie Psychology. In Border Collies A Breed Apart, Carol Price delves into the true genetic origins, and mental mechanics, of the breed in ways that bring owners totally unprecedented new insights into the behavior of their dogs.
In this first book in the series, Secrets Of The Working Mind, she focuses on the breed's heritage; on the legendary early dogs who shaped the modern Border Collie's identity and gave him a mind that is, in many ways, autistic in design. She explores what working instinct really is in Border Collies, and how the traits that go with it explain so many other aspects of their psychology and behavior.
Book 2, Essential Life Skills & Learning, focuses on the Collie learning process. What should your dog's education involve? How can you train a breed that is so superbly intelligent and responsive in some ways, but can also be so stubborn or mentally demanding in others? Carol questions the myth that all Collies are "easy to train," and outlines the exercises and lessons that are most critical for them to learn. She explains why training most commonly fails, and advises what to do about it. She also highlights how vital it is to tailor the training of your own Collie to the nature of his individual personality in order to get the best results.
In Book 3, Behaviour Insights, Issues and Solutions, the focus is on Collie behavior; what drives it in your own particular dog—and why. The author believes that it is a more autistic type of canine mind that lies at the heart of everything a Collie does. An understanding of the autistic traits your own dog might have—from higher sensory sensitivity and OCD type behaviours to lower social ability and a greater need for sameness and control—will allow you to stop a potential problem escalating, or even prevent it occurring at all.
About the Author
Carol Price has owned, trained, and bred Border Collies for decades and is a world recognized expert on the breed. She is also a leading canine behaviorist and writer in the UK and, over the years, has been a regular contributor/advisor on dog psychology, behavior and training for publications ranging from Dogs Today and Your Dog magazines to The Times. Before working more exclusively with dogs, and other areas of animal behavior, Carol was a staff feature writer and commissioning editor on The Sunday Times, and has since written for a host of national newspapers and magazines. Her passion for, and special interest in, both Border Collies and rescue dogs began many years ago, when seeking to more successfully rehabilitate troubled dogs from all breeds and backgrounds and better understand, in particular, the uniquely brilliant—but often also complex and challenging—mind of the Border Collie.