Just common sense to me. It's just how it is with dogs and easy to realize on your own if your observant.Now a days, we know not to correct a dog after it's done wrong, as it won't make the connection. Do you know who came up with it? Link?
Perhaps. Then again, you have borders, they're genuises.
Besides, even if they can make the connection, it's far better for dogs if people DON'T blow up upon returning and finding a mess.
nope, there is no convincing me otherwise....i know what i see and am not afraid to admit that dogs have the intelligence to learn that something is a "wrong" behavior and show so when they screw up.....and i haven't always had Border Collies....my mutt dog, my GSD, even my Husky, learned the same thing (altho, my Husky had a "yeah, i did it...so what you wanna do about it? i don't give a s#@! if you don't like it, you left me" attitude)...Many people I know still believe their dogs display guilt even hours after the "crime" is committed. No amount of reasoning can convince them otherwise.