DoB: February 1, 2014
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ENDEARING QUALITIES: Loves toys (but cannot tolerate long or highly repetitive fetch sessions), good in the house, crate trained, very quiet.
ISSUES: NOT good with cats or young children, okay with other dogs in large spaces but does not like them in his face, resource guarder, suspect he has * Border Collie Collapse
UPDATE JUNE 2020
Kaiser went on a trial adoption after a great Meet-n-Greet with the potential adopters. He was excited to meet them & soliciting attention from the couple equally & happy to get pets & hugs. However, in the first week, he snapped & bit a person playing ball with him that reached out to pet him. Then,even when relaxed in the home & soliciting for attention, he bit the adopter as she went to pet him.
So we have put him on a Medical Hold to get some bloodwork done to rule out a health issue or find a health issue that we might be able to treat with medication. If the tests come back inconclusive, we will retire him at the Retreat as a Furever Foster.
ADULT ONLY home recommended.
This guy would be an AWESOME sport prospect. He is very athletic & VERY toy motivated. He just needs to learn that the faster he gives us the toy, the faster we'll throw it again. However, training & exercise will need to be kept short with few repetitions because of the suspected BCC. However, he'd also love to just be a hiking buddy.
After a meet n greet & extensive game of fetch, Kaiser exhibited the symptoms of BCC - Border Collie Collapse. BCC, formerly called Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC), is a neurologic disorder in which strenuous exercise may trigger a collapse episode. Dogs with the BCC will become disoriented, confused, sway, stagger, or even fall to the ground after a few minutes of vigorous exercise. He did recover with crate rest & fluids.
Although he is very good in his crate, he is very territorial around it. He does not like to be touched when near the crate if he is waiting to go in it. If there are toys or food in there, he will charge your hand or the crate door if you reach towards it.
He says very little unless he has to go outside & he will let us know (whining) that he is desperate. He doesn't play much around other dogs, although certain ones can get him to join in a game of chase. He prefers to play with girl dogs but would much rather play fetch with people. He meets other males rather stiffly but responds quickly to a verbal intervention & can ignore them if you redirect his attention to a toy.
He seems a little nervous about being petted (even if not near his crate) & he is most definitely worried & stressed around very young children.
We have seen him go after our house cat in the excitement to go outside, but he can be easily redirected with a toy &/or the open door. However, we would not trust him loose in the house with the cat.
Kaiser was owner surrendered because he snapped at the toddler, as he crawled past Kaiser's crate, resulting in stitches. He also snapped/grabbed at a kitten, causing the kitten's death.
Our understanding is that he was in his crate or eating his meal when both incidents happened so it was suspected that he was resource guarding his crate &/or food.
Of course, this only made everyone more nervous & with Kaiser's hyper/nervous behaviour to start with, it was decided he needed to go to ahome that could give him the appropriate outlet without the worries.