Border Collie X Australian Shepherd
DoB: October 8, 2015
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: NOT good around small dogs due to bad experiences; may react to bigger, in your face dogs if surprised by them, kids are an unknown.
Since his arrival, Flynn has been very good at meeting all dogs so far - both males, females, medium & large size dogs. We are, however, in a large area & all dogs have the opportunity to leave to another part of the yard if they are uncomfortable.
However, when we have had small dogs occasionally visit the Retreat, we do not let them share the same yard & he has bluff charged & fence fought with them when they are in a separate pen. We have noticed though, that the more often we have small dogs, the less he is bothering them.
Flynn is fairly quiet - other than at the small dogs, we have not heard him bark much unless he hears the neighbors behind the fence. He apparently loves cats but we cannot test that.
He has done some basic agility training - tunnels, contacts (except teeter), channel weaves & just started 20" jump heights. He had suffered a shoulder injury though (when we are not sure) & was treated for it. He does not appear to be suffering from it now but it may be induced by impact exercises, such as jumping.
He has quite the repertoire of tricks & loves to learn new ones, especially for food. He has been taught using the clicker & rewards. His recall is not perfect yet as he will take off after wildlife & not return (not an issue here at the Retreat but was apparently a problem on walks in the BC wilderness).
Flynn was owner surrendered because he & the older Schitzu did not get along. Apparently, the older dog attacked Flynn when Flynn was a puppy & the older dog got the worst of it.
Although they've been managing them for the last couple of years, one lapse & the Schitzu snapped at him again & again, the smaller dog had to go to the vet for surgery.