Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the welfare of the border collie
Serving the greater Sacramento valley and Sierra Nevada foothills

Beacon • Male • 8 months  

BEACON (AKA Mr. Big & B-Man) is a 50-pound, 8-month-old puppy. He is a sweet, big goober that will grow into a BIG adult, probably reaching 60 pounds. BEACON is full-loving, loves toys, chews, & herding his border collie foster sister. (She is very tolerant!) He knows a few tricks: sit, down, come (well, most of the time), hand touch, & watch. He loves interactive toys, & eats his meals through puzzles where he has to work for his food. You can probably infer from this that BEACON is a smart & very busy boy who needs a lot of mental stimulation, as well as considerable exercise. He is a fast learner, & has started the game-based training offered by Susan Garrett's Recaller's program. He is progressing with the collar grab & is an ace at "It's Your Choice" with food. The IYC game is important for him because he has a tendency to be territorial about his food. He's made huge progress with this. BEACON is treat-motivated first, & toy-motivated second. He has learned to tug, to retrieve, & to play with a flirt pole. He engages in some shadow-hunting, especially when he is anxious, but can be re-directed with treats, toys, & activities that engage his brain. BEACON is progressing with leash-walking on a harness, & is learning to sit when his foster mom stops at a corner; he is also learning to watch his foster mom when he is leash-walking. Is his exuberance, BEACON sometimes tries to jump up, but he responds quickly to the "sit" command. He is crate-trained & housebroken. Did I mention big puppy exuberance? 

BEACON gets along with the female border collie is his foster home, but he is rough & rowdy with his play & sometimes slams into other dogs--in part, because of his size (like a bull in a china closet), & because of his age. It's hard to remember that he is an adolescent border collie puppy. For that reason, he would do best as an only child or with someone who is skilled in training appropriate dog interactions. BEACON's ideal home would be one with border collie experience (& not simply experience with the world's calmest, easiest border collie), someone who knows about reinforcement training & who can provide enrichment activities for him, continuing to teach him how to learn & make good choices. He is a gorgeous, happy-go-lucky boy, who might enjoy agility training, but might not be a competition dog because of his size. (Early hip x-rays looks good). BEACON is crate-trained & housebroken, going into his crate easily for a cookie. He will start Susan Garrett's Crate Games this week.

We know he is gorgeous & has tons of talent & potential. That said, he needs a home that is going to take his needs for focused training, enrichment, & border collie-level activity seriously.   

BEACON is micro-chipped, neutered, heart worm negative and on preventative, and up to date on vaccinations. If you have an approved Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions Application and wish to enquire about BEACON please email us at If you have an approved adoption application with Border Collie Rescue of Northern California let us know and we will request it be forwarded to us for consideration. BEACON is being fostered north of Sacramento.