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Rising Tide Border Collies

Performance/Sport Border Collies

Welcome to Rising Tide Border Collies! Our first litter, The National Parks litter (Arya x Jagger) of 4 girls and 3 boys was born on May 22nd, 2022 (Expedition Reverie’s Rebel of the North NA SWN RN DSA DJ AJ HDM DDB TKE VHMA x ATChC IAC Moys Like Jagger CDX FMCH AG.X.J AG.X). 


We strive to produce sound, biddable, and healthy border collies that will excel in any sport thrown their way. We always say that our sport dogs are our family dogs first and foremost, therefore, a wonderful off-switch and even temperament are incredibly important to us. While Arya may be an incredibly drive-y sport dog, she is the most relaxed family dog, and she has never met a stranger. We want these puppies to be able to be ready to go whenever, and wherever, while just as easily being able to do nothing at all.

We will be raising our pups using both Puppy Culture and Avidog enrichment protocols to give these puppies the best start they possibly can get. With this, our puppies are raised in home (on Long Island, NY) and will be going through Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) and Early Scent Introduction (ESI), as well as socialization/exposure to different sights, sounds, novel stimuli, etc. These puppies will be going home with a foundation in crate training, car rides, clicker training, sport dog foundations (recalls, tugging) as well as the foundation skill of being happy and confident in exploring their world. We do plan on exposing them to dock diving (swimming off the ramp), agility (playing in a few different locations), and scent work (classical conditioning imprinting to the AKC essential oils).


These puppies will be fed an AAFCO approved raw diet and will be acclimated to kibble for homes that plan on feeding it. We will allow for the puppies to be weaned naturally (not simply taken away from mom at 6 weeks of age), as we believe this is in the best interest of the puppies.


We have been working and training dogs for the past 10 years.


Michelle is a certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC) through the IAABC, a certified pet dog trainer (CPDT-KA), a fear-free animal professional (FFAT), as well as an AKC CGC & Trick Dog Evaluator. She is the owner and head trainer for Pawsitively Waggin’ Academy LLC. and will be completing her MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation in the spring. While you can find her and Arya competing in a multitude of dog sports on the weekend, you can find her working on complicated dog behavior cases during the week. Her knowledge of canine behavior, dog sports, husbandry, and raising/training puppies provides her with the ability to raise the most sound puppies in mind and body possible. Michelle’s main dog sport interests are Agility and Scent Work.

Michael is currently finishing his MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation at CUNY Hunter College, where he is researching the use of visual signals in African wild dogs. He received his BA in Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he focused heavily on the conservation components of the discipline of Sustainable Development. He has authored official reports/publications and presented at major conferences. He has conducted hands on research in the field of animal behavior both here in the U.S. and abroad. He has had the opportunity to work with a variety of both captive and wild canids. He has also spent the last decade working with both domestic cats and dogs, and consulting on behavior modification and socialization plans for privately owned animals, as well as shelter pets. Michael’s knowledge of animal behavior and welfare, as well as his hands on experience in socialization, training, dog sports and more, provides him with the ability, in concert with Michelle, to raise the most sound and stable puppies in both mind and body. When not working with dogs, you can find Michael traversing remote and wild places in search of elusive wildlife, and pursuing his passion of wildlife conservation, education, and photography! Michael's main dog sport interests are in Agility, Scent Work, Dock Diving, and Obedience.


About the Parents

I am so beyond ecstatic to finally make this announcement. Arya has become everything I wanted her to be and more. She has an incredibly sound temperament, a fantastic off switch, and a great work ethic. She is the kind of dog you can find snoozing on the couch all day but if you ask her to work, she'll be right at your side ready to go at a moment's notice. She has never met a stranger, loves children and other dogs, and adores traveling/hiking and exploring new places. She competes and excels in a variety of sports, such as agility, dock, disc, scent work, rally, and trick dog. She is a carrier for EAOD and is health panel clear otherwise. For OFA she received a "Good" for her hips & "Normal" for shoulders & elbows.

Upon stud searching, I wanted to find a dog that would complement her, as well as add where necessary. A dog with a great off switch, wonderful conformation, environmental stability, health panels, and more. 

When I say Jagger is everything I wanted in a stud, he is everything I wanted in a stud and more. Jagger is a proven stud, having had 5 incredibly talented litters, is completely bombproof, never met a stranger (looooves children!), and is fantastic in every sport his fantastic mama Ana has trained him in. He has a love for herding, flyball (3.85), disc, dock, obedience (working on his utility title), and does a little agility on the side (5x Canadian World Team Member). As Ana says, he has no problem being an absolute idiot at flyball, being super think-y when herding, and using his brain in obedience. Jagger is health panel clear, with OFA results of "Good" for hips & "Normal" for shoulders.

We expect these puppies to be lovely members of the family, have fantastic off switches, and thrive in any sport thrown their way. I can’t even describe how excited I am to raise these pups and see what this wicked combination will throw! Both of their lines consist of a ton of well-rounded and stable dogs, with sport dogs and service dogs in that mix. We will be taking a small list. These pups will be considered only to sport/performance homes. Health Testing information is available below
 on each dog's bios by clicking on their names or their photos (Jagger's coming soon).


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The National Parks Litter