Border Collie x Sheltie (??)
DoB: December 2016 (estimated)
HERDING INSTINCT: Some but easily distracted off of calves; does herd other dogs excessively.
ISSUES: highly anxious, especially in confined spaces (kennel or crate); not house trained, possibly because of his surgery - even if he knows how to ask to go out, he may not be able to hold it until he is actually outside.
This little guy is always on the go! He is very fast & very agile, very quick to turn considering his rudder is missing. He has many behaviours that remind us of shelties we have known, besides being quick.
He takes treats politely but if you go to pet him, he wants to put his mouth around your fingers before he realizes there are no treats. He is not snapping but sometimes you just feel the edges of the teeth on dangling fingers. He LOVES his food & it is hard to keep weight on him due to his activity level (in & out of the kennel).
He has a very hard time sitting still for petting & when trying to brush or cut mattes out from behind his ears, he won't hold his head still enough to do so safely. He doesn't struggle but he squirms or uses his front paws to hang on to your arm. So instead of petting or stroking him, we use a fist bump.
He is vocally fearful if surprised by larger dogs he doesn't know but if they are willing to play, he warms up very quickly. He loves to wrestle with others that feel the same way but he can get overstimulated quite easily & the "chase & grab" game becomes too much fun so we have to end it before he actually makes a connection. He also gets very concerned if anything in his yard is moved around or something new is there. He most definitely has to let you know that something is different.
He really loves people, including kids, but in his excitement he tends to jump up too much around smaller children, knocking them down. He also LOVES to be in water, especially pools or ponds where he can splash & swim around.
We would highly recommend a home that is dog proofed, with access to an outside run, so he does not have to stay in a kennel/crate for long. He has come a long way in that he can settle down in a crate for short stretches at a time. When he starts to pace or spin or bark in his crate, it does seem to be his signal that he needs to go outside. He can make it through most of the night crated & we leave a pee pad in there, just in case.
Because he may not be able to tell when he needs to go to the bathroom, we do not leave him loose in the house if we cannot be there to put him outside. We would recommend a doggy door in his new home so that he can go outside when he thinks he needs to. He is not having an issue defecating but he may have some nerve damage & cannot tell that he has to go or he is still very young (which he seems to be) & that, combined with the trauma, may be hindering his house training.
Ace was abandoned on the steps of the Peace Regional SPCA. He had suffered some trauma to his spine near his tail, causing it to press down on his colon & affecting his ability to defecate properly. The SPCA had the vets dock the tail in the hope that he would eventually be able to defecate normally, once the pressure was off of his colon.
It has taken some time but he does not seem to have a problem in doing the action but more of not realizing that he needs to. Whether that is a function of the injury or just young & not yet house trained, we're not completely sure.