Obedience training in regards to obedience competitions is another thing that Border Collies have few equals. The dogs focus and concentration combined with the strong desires to please and to work make Border Collies excellent at obedience. Obedience competitions test a dog's ability to follow commands and follow the lead of their handler.
A Border Collie in the conformation ring will be judged strongly on their alert, keen expression. Severe faults are given to any dog that displays structure or temperament that would setback a dog's ability to be a herding dog.