Echo is a 4-month-old Border Collie. Her vaccines are up to date, she is microchipped and on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. We are working hard on house breaking and she’s doing a really good job but she is already kennel trained. She is great with other dogs, calm kids and shows interest in cats. She will need to continue learning the “leave it” command when it comes to cats. Echo is a little timid with people at first. She does warm up to people and loves to cuddle on the couch. Echo also loves to fetch. She doesn’t bring the toys all the way back yet.
When Echo goes somewhere new it can cause a stimulation overload. This isn’t too uncommon for puppies, but she will need training and exposures to the outside world to help her realize the world isn’t a scary place. When Echo gets overwhelmed by all the new stimulation she will just sit down and observe her surrounds. If something scares her, she will run into the corner and shake until you’re able to show her its not actually that scary. Echo has made tremendous progress inside the house and she is a happy normal puppy. It is when you take her outside of the house or backyard that she is overwhelmed.
Echo will need a home that is willing to continue her exposure training. She will also need a home with someone dedicated to spending a lot of time with her. She can’t just be left in a crate all day or she will not have enough exposure to overcome her lack of exposures for the first several months of her life. I will look for an experienced Border Collie owner for Echo. For now, she doesn’t show any herding instincts but this could change as she builds confidence. I expect Echo to grow into a happy confident Border Collie with the right family.