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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (23 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861262809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861262806
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best all round books offering an understanding of the Border Collie Breed ever to be written - well researched, based on years of experience and full of photographs, useful illustrations and witty analogies that make it easy to digest. More than that, this book shows respect for the breed and its abilities. In order to enlighten the reader - as opposed to merely entertain - Barbara Sykes starts from the roots of the breed, the dedicated and historical breeding of Border Collies as working sheep dogs, and the instincts this breeding has been designed to develop. This aspect has been much neglected by many BC book authors who aim their publications at the Pet market and is ignored at peril as the dogs behaviour is rooted in these inbred working instincts. Failure to consider the working origins of the breed has led to so many of these wonderful dogs ending up in unsuitable homes and rescue centres such as ours. From these roots, Barbara takes us through all the aspects of the breed, providing real answers to important questions that vex many owners and providing real insight into the way these dogs think, relate and interact with each other, their handlers and the modern world. If Border Collie Rescue was to write a book on the breed, its problems and how to understand them, it would have to be a book like this. So many people come to Border Collie Rescue with an unwanted Border Collie saying "if I had known what I was taking on, I would not have got a Border Collie". We advise anyone considering taking on one of this breed as a pet to read this book first. In our opinion, if you can only afford one book on Border Collies - this is the one.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is written with a great understanding and definite knowledge of this somewhat misjudged breed of dog. Ms Sykes has covered every aspect of choosing, rearing, training and living in harmony with a truly wonderful creature.A book that to be totally appreciated must be read from cover to cover which once you start reading isn't difficult to do. I have read many books on Border Collies including a very closely named book by Carol Price, Understanding the Border Collie, Michael de Vine, Border Collies, Barbara Swann, The complete Border Collie to name a few, but nothing in my opinion compares to the true understanding this lady obviously has of the collie mind.A book I wish someone had recommended to me before I owned a Border Collie, although having purchased it when my Collie was ten months old I can only say it has improved my understanding and our relationship to the extreme that I now own a truly wonderful dog who is devoted to my family including two young children.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
I spent a weekend reading this book and then applied Ms Sykes' suggestions, not to my resonably obedient collie, but to my strong and stroppy German Shepherd. Having previously spent months of being towed around dog training classes, hauling uselessly on a check chain, I was impressed that with a few hours of 'Sykes style' training he now walks calmly at my side on a loose lead!
The book is a fascinating, entertaining insight into border collies and intelligent dogs generally. Ms Sykes does not tell you what you can and can't do with your dog, which is a relief after so many rules and regulations by other 'experts.' Instead she teaches you the basics to have an obediant dog and leaves you to choose your own and the dog's lifestyle.
I would recommend this book to anybody who owns or is interested in dogs and it is a must have for border collie lovers.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Barbara Sykes appears to be not only a very good dog handler, but is an extrememly good writer about dogs, especially the border collie, whom she obviously loves.
She explains their behaviour and needs in an interesting yet understandable way. At all times she tries to see things froms a dog's point of view. At the end of each chapter is a condensed version of what was said, making it easy to flick through, just as a reminder, or if time is short. Some brilliant pictures (black and white), some very funny! I especially like the ones showing Skye with the cat Tia! Even if you have had dogs before, this book will shed some more light on dog behaviour.
I would urge you to get this book, it is simply excellent!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Filthster on 22 Jan. 2000
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating book that covers everthing from purchasing your collie, to an easy to understand chapter on nutrition. The author explains (with the help of some good analogies) the behaviour of the pack animal, giving an insight into how your collie interprets your actions. This is expanded upon by the author and she clearly describes how to train your dog using pack law, making training easier for you and your dog. Problem behaviour and the ways to correct it using pack law are also discussed. A very enjoyable and good book that I would not hesitate to recommend.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kingfish on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Barbara Sykes' books are always worth reading, but this insight into the workings of the border collie mind is rivetting. After 25 years of life with these fabulous dogs, I thought I had them pretty well sorted out, but many times while reading I have been surprised that I hadn't understood some particular nuance of the border collie body language.
It seems that my dogs still have something to teach me.
A must read for anyone with an interest in border collies, this book should be issued to every new owner; it would save a lot of grief to both owners and dogs.
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