Australian Cattle Dog
DoB: March 31, 2017
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: fearful nipping; stranger danger; gastro-intestinal (getting better, though).
Dashka is quite reserved when approached by strangers & will snap if they reach for her when she is not ready for them to be that close. However, she does love her treats & shows interest if offered.
We are careful as to what kind & how many treats she gets, though, as she seems to have some difficulty in digesting her food. She was on a special kibble diet for several months as she would get diarrhea regularly. We're not positive if she has a real digestive issue or if it was too rich of food for a puppy digestive system. Now that she is older, she seems to be able to eat the same kibble as everyone else now, although we do add some probiotics to help her.
She loves her toys & if no toys around, she'll happily shred paper of any sort for you. She is affectionate, once she knows you well. She is crate trained & now knows how to signal that she needs to go outside when crated.
She is quite fearful around new dogs, especially if they are bigger than her, & will snap & run. When she meets new dogs that are not so in her face, she will bark at them to let them know they are in her yard. She does settle down around new dogs pretty quickly, as long as they are not too pushy & are polite when meeting her. When she really likes them (especially if they are close to her age), she loves to play wrestle and/or give a good game of chase.
Dashka was rehomed once before & then owner surrendered herto us due to her high activity level. The work schedule did not allow for Dashka to get the exercise & training she needed as a hyper active puppy.