Ryleigh is a 1 year old male Border Collie that’s up to date on vaccines, microchipped and neutered. This young active dog is house broken and crate trained. He is also very well behaved when he is left out freely in my house. He loves to cuddle with people and lay on the couch and chew on bones. It is extremely rare for Ryleigh not to have something in his mouth. He constantly carries a squeaky ball around the house. He also likes to fetch by himself but wont always bring it back. If other dogs are involved in the fetch he typically just herds other dogs. He is good with other dogs but his herding tendencies can be too much for other dogs. He also can not be free with cats. He has a very intense herding drive and will focus on my cats for hours just circling them and occasionally nipping at them if they don’t move. He will likely be the same way with chickens, ducks and other farm animals.

Ryleigh has been to PetCo and PetSmart. He loves people and wants to jump on them still. He does pull on his harness and is working on his leash walking skills. He actually does pretty well in stores and is becoming more comfortable in them. He has finally decided they are a happy place to be. Ryleigh still needs a lot of training if he wants to make regular public appearances. He will occasionally become overly stimulated and begin to bark at people or dogs. I see the most reactivity out of Ryleigh when we trail hike. Ryleigh wants to badly to say hello to people in the distance as they approach he will being to bark and pull towards them. He isn’t trying to be aggressive he just really wants to go over to the people. Ryleigh will need a firm but loving experienced hand to keep correcting this reactive behavior. He isn’t reactive to all people nor does he do it all the time. It is most commonly seen on trails. I am still trying to determine if its men specifically or hats or some other odd trigger that causes his barking sometimes but not others.

Ryleigh doesn’t have many issues but his uncertainty about new places and reactivity is because he lacked socialization as a puppy. He didn’t get to experience the world as a puppy needs to so now he is learning all these cool new things are okay. With more time one day Ryleigh will learn how to appropriately say hello to strangers and will be confident enough to not bark while hiking a new trail he has never been on before.

Ryleigh would do best in a home without young children.

Ryleigh is a very sweet loving dog. He loves to cuddle at night with you and does this adorable thing where he sticks his tongue partially out and leaves it there. He also has these huge beady eyes that just stare at you! He is a very fun easy foster to have. I also think he would enjoy spots such as agility and obedience training.