Australian Cattle Dog x Border Collie
DoB: March 30, 2017 (estimated)
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: Some fear reactivity around new dogs, especially much bigger dogs & if surprised by them; some submissive peeing initially when handled or petted; plays a little too rough with more submissive dogs
This little guy is getting better & better every day since we had him neutered. Having several young dogs out here that like to play wrestle help him has improved his social etiquette immensely.
He is getting better in greeting new dogs politely, even if they worry him. However, if surprised by strange big dogs, he will vocalize his worry & run away. If rushed or crowded, he will snap.
He loves his food & treats & will offer polite behaviours for them. He likes his toys (holey rollers are a fave) & he loves to pounce on everything. He can't just walk or amble somewhere, it is a run & pounce.
He is very busy & very active much of the time. He is crate trained & he can relax in there with his chew toys, which sometimes includes the crate bed or towel. He lets us know when he desperately needs to go out.
Again, unlike many young cattle dogs we've been seeing in recent years, he is not mouthy or snappy around people. It is not known how he is around cats or children.
Duke was transferred to us from On Our Way Home Animal Rescue in Ft. St. John, BC. He was owner surrendered to OOWHA at 5 months old with no training or socialization skills.
With no facility or experienced foster homes, they hoped breed rescue would be better able to work with him to help him be more adoptable.