Yes, i so agree, border collies have to be kept busy...i tired border collie is a well behaved border collie.
I so enjoy finding ways to wear Buddy out, it is one of my biggest joys. I love Buddy's quirks...and he is so so so appreciative of any efforts to entertain him or wear him out or take himplaces, or make him run full speed, etc etc.
My Buddy has zero behavior issues, none, (well, except he wants to mutilate most other dogs...ha) We knew what we were getting when we brought home a border collie.
Things some ppl might find annoying, we enjoy, we're weird like that.
Things like "zoomies" we find hilarious, and we totally encourage it...but, we have no small kids, no cats, just the "Mr Buddy Show" each day. He'd stop if we asked him to, but, we enjoy the show. We've even re-arranged our furniture to accomodate the lap s around the house, giving him a wider path to zoom around. He runs laps like this, both indoors and outdoors.
But, to us, it is a great show, we always stop to watch, and call out to egg him on, cheering him on. (We're like that...)
My Buddy has strong herding instinct,too.........he can even herd 1(one) dog...but, besides his busy busy life, he has "fake sheep" now. This is something other BC owners may want to consider for their dog...??
He has 3 lighter-weight plastic laundry baskets, which he herds indoors,
and another 3 heavier weight, more durable, plastic laundry baskets, which he herds outdoors.
He can do this for hours. Focuses very intently on it, sometimes for hours...we do believe that Buddy "thinks" the baskets are real sheep...he stalks them in a border collie prowl....sort of sneaking up on them, then barks and head-butts the baskets, zooming all over the house pushing that basket into some spot.
then he goes back for basket #2, (bringing it to wherever he put basket #1)
and finally, basket #3.
then he sits next to them for a while, looking at them
and appears very satisfied and proud, as he catches his breath...
then, he starts alllllllll over again.....'herds' the baskets to an entirely different room, piling them all up together again...on and on, for hours.
at night, every night, he piles them up in the dining room, (a room we rarely use or even go into)
as if that is his lil make-believe barn for his "sheep". We did not teach him that, he puts "his sheep" all to bed each night by himself, it is HIS idea to do that. He puts no other toy in the dining room, JUST the baskets.
cute. Outdoors is even more fun to watch.
Buddy is a real "BASKET CASE"!!!!!!!!!!