- Cattle dog mix, about 40-45lbs
- 8 months old, Born April 2019
- UTD on all core vaccines + lepto & bordetella
- All paperwork available
- Fed kibble diet + partial raw
- No known medical issues
We’ve fostered him for the last 2 months. Previous owner had him since 8 weeks old & kenneled him 12- 14 hours a day (he was a college student). He realized it wasn’t a good quality of life for him at a young age and allowed us to step in and take him. In the last 2 months we have worked on basic house manners, learning boundaries and proper crate training. This dog came to me not knowing how to act outside of a kennel so we are proud at how far he’s come in such a short time.
He does well with other dogs, however he WILL take advantage of smaller dogs and bully them when given the chance. If going to a dog park he’ll flee if chased, so it’s best to introduce him to that scene slowly. He is enrolled with a dog daycare and they say he does great there.
He is very mouthy and nippy- your typical herding traits. He’ll come up from behind and nip at your legs and butt. When he gets over excited his licks will turn into little nips. He never bites with the intention of hurting you. But because of how mouthy he is I would not recommended him being around children. Unknown with cats, but knowing how he is with small dogs I would not recommended that either. He is not a fan of strangers and will growl and bark. Once he gets a chance to greet them he’s a lot better. He now sleeps sound in a kennel at night and during the day if needed. Has some typical puppy tantrums from time to time, but does not exceed whining. Does well in the car. Does well on the leash. Behaves on outings and in public. We are working on holding sits while out to eat, shop etc. I do not let strangers pet him since he is wary of them. Beyond basic manners he doesn’t know much else. He has a great recall & sit. Working on down. No party tricks or other commands since we had bigger issues to tackle. He is the type to push boundaries and tries to get away with things, so he’ll need someone who is strict and has the patience to continue correcting him.
He needs heavy amounts of physical and mental exercise. He’d be a great hiking partner- he doesn’t like to stray far from the pack and recalls quickly with a lot of energy. He does play with the other dogs in the house, but always prefers to be around me and play with me instead. Being in a multi-dog household isn’t enough for him, so having a human that’ll have time to work one on one with him to exercise is a must. He is VERY food motivated and is super eager to please. He is always excited to work with me one on one. He is fairly calm in the house. Hasn’t chewed anything inside. Is house trained. He’ll either sit or pace by the back door when he needs to go out. Sometimes he’ll bark.
He is not a good fit for a first time dog owner. Herding dog experience recommend due to his quirks. Overall great dog with a lot of potential, just needs a active owner who is dog savvy and has a established relationship with a dog trainer/club like AZ Dog Sports to continue his obedience and meet his mental needs.
He will be available after January 1st.