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
Dash is more than a little quirky, but there's a lot to love in him. This soft, fluffy boy 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 most of the time. He's usually very gentle, jumping up on people only to put his head in their lap while they're sitting down. In his foster home, he only barks when impatient for meal time or encouraged by the other dogs. He even ignores the doorbell. He's very smart and has learned our house rules well and quickly. He is very affectionate once he knows you and he can't get enough petting—typical pushy Border Collie. He loves his walks, and is polite meeting people and other dogs.
However wonderful Dash is, he does need a very special home. He responds impulsively to sudden movements and is very sound-sensitive. I couldn't train him with a clicker because he kept flinching at every click. The popping of the fireplace terrified him at first. Thunderstorms and vacuums worry him, though he's learned to cope. Even for happy outbursts—say laughing in a conversation or cheering while watching sports—he will rush over to control the situation. He's clearly a bit anxious about what is going on. We haven't stopped laughing or cheering, but we do know to expect to gently manage Dash when we do. He also reacts to being grabbed quickly. Regular grooming is not a problem, but it does need to be done gently. While he's not at all aggressive, because of all this and some mouthiness we've been working on, he will not be placed in a home with children. He has improved greatly in the time he's been in his foster home, but he will always need a bit of extra support.
Dash lives with three other dogs, but he's happier and more relaxed when he's not with them. He copes well, but I've noticed that some of his weirder quirks only surface when he's around them. He's also much more joyful. He could easily handle visiting dogs, but would be best as an only dog.
Dash is also reactive toward small animals; he patrols the yard to keep squirrels out and would chase our cat if given a chance. A cat that holds its ground would probably be ok. He would also chase cars and likely runners, bikers or children so he needs a fenced yard or to live in a very secluded area. No e-fences please.
Dash is active, but not with extreme Border Collie energy. He likes to play with toys, and would probably play more without other dogs around. While he pulls on his leash during walks, he has a very nice easy jogging pace with little pulling and few sudden course changes. When I'm walking him with another dog, he'll try to chase cars, but is much better by himself.
The perfect home for Dash would be a kind, patient adult home in a quiet neighborhood. He needs a family who will allow him his space until he's ready for more, be on the lookout for situations where he needs guidance, and take advantage of his great verbal responsiveness to teach him what is expected of him. He really wants to be a good dog, but he needs some help. 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.
To start the adoption process, please fill out an application and contact Cathy, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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