DoB: April 11, 2016
HERDING INSTINCT: Yes, strong, hard eye; keen to work sheep, not so interested in cattle
ISSUES: NOT good with cats/small animals, fear reactive around new dogs, lacks some impulse control, very motivated by movement (cars, birds)
This little girl would be an AWESOME sport prospect, especially flyball or disc/frisbee. She is very athletic & VERY toy motivated. If you don't throw it fast enough, she'll do a swimmer's turn off your chest or shoulders in an effort to get you to hurry up!
Bailey is crate trained but bores easily. She is very active and needs a regular outlet for her energy. Her favourite thing is to play fetch, non-stop. If you don't want to play with her, she will occupy herself chasing the birds around the yard.
She is not really interested in playing with other dogs. She meets new dogs very stiffly and can be territorial. However, bring out a ball and she could care less about them, as long as you engage with her.
She does like attention from people but in her excitement, she can be nippy. She likes treats but is working on her impulse control so she doesn't take our fingers off with the treat.
We took Bailey to our annual herding clinic & she was ready to work from the start. According to our clinician, she has a pretty heavy eye & very keen but she was responding well to to being pushed out & changing direction.
Bailey was owner surrendered in part because of a large change in the family's living situation. That and some health complications of her primary exerciser meant she did not get the activity she was craving.
The lack of activity meant considerably more time in her crate and increasing frustration behaviours. Although she was around older kids, her impulse controls were lacking and inappropriate nipping during the play was occurring. She was also not getting along with the resident small dog and that was starting to escalate.
The family thought it in her best interest to surrender her to rescue, in the hope she will find the home that will provide the activity she needs.