Working Australian Kelpie
DoB: October 18, 2016
ISSUES: Very active puppy behaviours
Blair is quite a well mannered young girl. She apparently knows how to do an obedience heel (although not from any training on our part) & offers a nice sit for treats. She seems a little insecure & wants to be around the people so that is likely why she hangs around in the heel position. She has a very good recall to her name & a whistle.
She gets along well with most dogs of any age, although a little shy when first meeting a new dog. She generally likes to play with them but has been known to get too herdy with some dogs, the more confident she gets, & they no longer want to play with her. She does like to "herd/chase" barn swallows or the local ravens. When she gets that focused, she can be hard to call off.
So far, she has been pretty good around the foster family's barn cats. She will run up to them but it's not to chase or bite them - more to see what they are & she tries to lick them. She has been swatted a couple times.
She's been doing well with the young children that she is currently staying with - the daughter has been letting her out from time to time when they are getting ready for walks & Blair has been great. She can get a bit jumpy but it's nothing they aren't use to as they have excited, busy dogs already. She's been improving though. We can count on a few fingers the times she's knocked her down.
Blair's foster mom plays with their dogs' food, put her hand in the bowl, taking it away or removing food just to help get the dogs used to the possibility of a child doing something similar. Blair has taken that in stride, no growling or aggression. She is pretty quick to get a treat from your fingers so been trying to get her to take it a bit more gently.
We took Blair to our annual herding clinic & although she did not want to leave the handler's side (stayed in a heel positiion) initially, she got more turned on to the sheep with each progressive work. Another trainer noted she was still immature so she may be a late bloomer in regards to working stock. When she does work though, she may not be a strong dog.
Blair was owner surrendered when they were forced to move out of their home & did not have a place to move to.