BREED: Border Collie (possible mix)
GENDER: Neutered Male
DOB: July 23, 2015
WEIGHT: 45 lbs
COLOR: Black and White
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active Companion
LOCATION: Owings, MD
At first meeting, Dash is a little shy, but he warms up quickly. Then you'll find a lot to love in this fluffy sweetheart. He is fully house trained, does great in his crate, and rides well in a car —- either tethered or in a wire crate. He responds very well to verbal commands and comes at a gallop from the far reaches of the yard. He's usually very gentle, though his treat taking is a work in progress, and rarely jumps up on people. He's not even a big barker —- even at the doorbell! He's very smart and has learned our house rules pretty quickly. He loves treats and will happily perform basic commands.
Dash does have his quirks. Any loud noises worry him, including thunder. He has found a quiet inside room to curl up in to ride out storms. He also responds impulsively to sudden movements. At any sudden outburst —- say cheering while watching sports —- he will rush over to control the situation, clearly a bit anxious about what is going on. We haven't stopped cheering, but we do know to expect to gently manage Dash when we do. He also reacts to being grabbed. While he's not at all aggressive, because of all this and some mouthiness we're working on, he will not be placed in a home with children. He has been improving in the three months he's been in his foster home, but it will be a long process.
Dash is reactive toward small animals, and he would chase our cats if given a chance. Because of concerns of him chasing animals, he should have a physically fenced yard. With other dogs, he's just starting to learn how to be part of the pack and play a bit. He started out quite socially awkward, jabbing at the dogs with his nose to play. Now he's running a bit with them and just starting to play. He does respect a firmly communicated boundary from another dog, but might be a bit too pushy for meek dogs. He's probably not a good choice to take to a dog park.
At five years old, Dash is still active, but not with extreme border collie energy. He's pretty happy with a long walk or two each day. He's very excited for his outings and crowds the front door, but has learned to back away at command and wait for his turn. We're working on leash pulling at a walk, but he has a very nice easy jogging pace with little pulling and few sudden course changes. On walks, he either ignores or greets strangers politely. He is also pretty calm meeting most other dogs. He's a bit nervous in crowds and avoids all contact, but I think he could work on that.
The perfect home for Dash would be a calm, patient adult home. He doesn't need, and shouldn't have, a great deal of physical correction. Once he trusts you, he'll be a wonderful companion and be happy to spend all his time by your side, sitting at your feet or snuggling on the couch.
Dash is fully vaccinated, heartworm and Lyme negative and up to date on preventatives. He has also had a full dental cleaning where one tiny cracked incisor was removed.
To start the adoption process, please fill out an application and contact Cathy, at email@example.com for questions or more information. All potential adopters are required to have a home visit prior to placement of one of our rescues. Dash's adoption fee is $300, and we offer a two-week trial period when you adopt one of our dogs.
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Applications are closed for Dash.