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I am not sure how long you have had your border collie but regardless of his past, he is afraid of you. Your actions, your tone of voice, how you approach him, can all be threatening behavior, particularly if the dog has suffered abuse. Taking him by the collar, causes him to react and bite, he has a bad history with his collar being handled -perhaps handled roughly, or forced into frightening situations. Resisting the crate, work with him to make the crate a good place to be, toss in some treats, put a kong in there to find, feed his meals in the crate, once he will willingly go in. A dog rolling over and peeing is the ultimate 'don't hurt me, I mean no harm' gesture. If he is doing something 'wrong', the only way he knows it is 'wrong' is by how you handle the matter. If you rush over and stand over top of him, he will feel threatened and he will cower.
What you can do - work on building his trust. Keep all interactions with him low key, sit on the floor, let him come to you, feed him some treats, let him lick some peanut butter off your hands. Don't get angry or frustrated with him, he will sense it and be wary of you. Hand feed his meals, lure or call him into another room if you need him out of the way, give him something to keep him busy. Keep all interactions with him calm - don't move too fast, quiet tone of voice, positive, and let him learn to trust you it takes time, patience and compassion and the understanding that you can not make him trust you, you have to earn it by how you do everything you do with him.