Border Collie x Sheltie (??)
DoB: December 2016 (estimated)
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown, although he does beautiful outruns on dogs in the yard, has a fast turn back & a very quick lie down (none of it on command, though)
ISSUES: highly anxious, especially in confined spaces (kennel or crate); not house trained, possibly because of his surgery
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. 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.
We would highly recommend a home that is dog proofed so he does not have to stay in a kennel/crate for long. His anxiety elevates & the constant pacing, circling, panting, barking & throwing himself at the walls will drive you crazy.
He can settle down in wide open spaces or loose in the home or traveling in a vehicle but, because he may not be able to tell when he needs to go to the bathroom due to his surgery, we do not leave him loose 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 doingthe 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.