BonniDune Kennel is located in
Southern Indiana, USA. Although I started
with German Shepherd Dogs, today BonniDune is
dedicated to showing, trialing and producing
sound, versatile Border Collies.
BonniDune is proud to be recognized as an AKC Breeder of Merit.

Puppies Born December 25, 2013

When Border Collies Get Bored


Border Collies are highly intelligent and energetic dogs bred for herding livestock. They have a strong work drive and need mental and physical stimulation to thrive. When these intelligent dogs lack adequate mental or physical activity, they can become bored, which may lead to various behavioral issues.

Signs of Boredom

It’s important for dog owners to recognize the signs of boredom in Border Collies to address the issue promptly. Some common signs include:

  • Excessive barking
  • Destructive chewing
  • Restlessness
  • Whining or howling
  • Excessive licking or biting
  • Escaping or attempting to escape
  • Attention-seeking behavior

The Consequences of Boredom

Boredom can have negative consequences for Border Collies and their owners. These consequences include:

  • Destructive behavior: When bored, Border Collies may resort to destructive chewing or digging, which can damage furniture, shoes, or other household items.
  • Anxiety and stress: Boredom can lead to increased anxiety and stress in Border Collies, which may manifest in excessive barking, pacing, or even aggression.
  • Escaping: Border Collies are known for their problem-solving abilities. When bored, they may try to escape from yards or houses in search of stimulation.
  • Attention-seeking behavior: Bored dogs may engage in attention-seeking behaviors, which can be frustrating for owners and reinforce the dog’s boredom.

Preventing Boredom

To prevent boredom in Border Collies, it’s important to provide them with mental and physical stimulation. Consider the following tips:

  • Regular exercise: Border Collies need daily exercise to expend their energy. Long walks, runs, or engaging in dog sports like agility or flyball can help tire them out.
  • Interactive toys: Provide your Border Collie with puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys that keep their minds occupied and provide mental stimulation.
  • Training and obedience: Engage in regular training sessions with your Border Collie to challenge their intelligence and reinforce good behaviors.
  • Varying activities: Keep your Border Collie’s routine interesting by introducing new activities, such as hide-and-seek games, scent work, or advanced tricks.
  • Playdates or doggy daycare: Social interaction with other dogs can provide mental and physical stimulation for your Border Collie.


Border Collies are incredible dogs with remarkable intelligence and energy. However, when they get bored, it can lead to various behavioral issues. By recognizing the signs of boredom and providing adequate mental and physical stimulation, you can ensure your Border Collie remains happy, healthy, and well-behaved.

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