Australian Cattle Dog x Border Collie (?)
DoB: November 2015 (estimated)
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: Easily over stimulated, either with too much physical contact (petting, possibly snapping to stop it) or too much activity; may have some leash reactivity (or may have been owner nerves travelling down the leash when in a busy environment)
Ollie has calmed down considerably since arriving at the Retreat. Initially, he was easily over stimulated by the activity of the other dogs in our play yard & it would escalate to a bunch of noise. Now, he meets new dogs politely & is generally respectful of the play level they are willing to get into. If he gets a little too excited, he is easily called off with his name & he comes to you right away.
He had only snapped once here, when he was first learning that the crate is a good, safe place to relax & eat his meals without worry. Since then, he solicits attention when ever he can from anyone & does not appear at all worried or apprehensive with strangers. We do, however, make him earn the attention - it is not given automatically when he wants it but he must do something for it, even if it is just a sit or coming when called from a group of playing dogs.
Ollie does seem to have a large bubble & some resource guarding issues, especially when he is not part of a large group & the toys are higher value. Although we have not seen him snap at anyone since his arrival to the Retreat, he had been on a trial adoption & snapped & connected 3 times in an experienced home. One was an accidental bump by the owner as they were sleeping, one was when reaching for toy to give to him & one was just when he & the owner were chilling out in the living room & he was being petted. He may have been giving warning signs but they are too subtle for us humans to pick up on. For this reason, we recommend an experienced ADULT ONLY home.
He definitely loves his treats/food & will offer polite behaviours for it. He also enjoys the yard toys, especially the squeaky toys. He very eagerly learns new tricks for food & he seems to really enjoy training sessions. He does tend to shred his kennel blanket though & he did not have a good vet visit - went into panic mode - & he did not like the idea of a bath.
He is overly interested in the feral cats that patrol our property fence line. We would trust him to chase down a cat if it chose to try to cut through our yard. Not sure how well he would behave around a more sedate house cat.
Ollie was adopted from a Washington state rescue by a young couple on a one year sabbatical. He was to be their hiking companion as they hiked around western Canada.
When they adopted him, he was a rack of bones, matted & infested with fleas & internal parasites - left to basically wander the Washington property at his leisure. However, he solicited their attention & offered polite behaviors for treats & seemed more than happy to be part of their trio. They hit it off instantly.
Not surprisingly, he is a food thief but the behaviour that worried the owners the most was the fact that one minute he was soliciting attention from someone & seconds later he would snap at the same person for no apparent reason.
As they were travelling quite a bit & in new environments almost every day, with new strangers every day, they thought that they may have expected too much from him too early in their relationship. Unfortunately, it would be several months before they returned home to a regular routine & the thought was that he needed more stability & routine before introducing him to so many new situations, especially when young children may be present at any given time.