DoB: April 19, 2011 (estimated)
HERDING INSTINCT: Mild to moderate - not strong but not loose either
ISSUES: Frustration/barrier barker, nervous around loud noises & fast hand movements.
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Thomas is a very handsome, traditional border collie. He is polite, if a bit hesitant, on leash and seems to be generally insecure about what is expected of him.
He has shown no interest in toys, especially if there is competition for them but in a quiet home environment, he will pull toys out & amuse himself. He does like his food/treats and is quite gentle about taking them from your hand.
We have the impression that he was not a house pet - he was initially hesitant about coming into the house and he does not have any kind of signal to indicate when he needs to go outside.
He meets other dogs politely and then usually goes off to enjoy his own company. He would rather avoid than confront, based on the introductions seen so far. He is somewhat hesitant about being petted, especially around the head area, but seems to be fine around people of all ages.
If there are words that describe him best, it would be country gentleman. We suspect he is used to the farm life and has shown some herding instinct on sheep. However, it is not over the top extreme and is not transferred to other pets. We are told that he is quite respectful of the foster family's house cat.
His main issue is barrier or frustration barking, when dogs (or people) rush by his crate or, if he is in a pen or dog run, they are working or playing on the outside of the pen. He usually stops with a simple verbal correction, though. He also goes a little berserk around the lawnmower (tries to dive in to grab at it) or if we use compressed air, hence the sound sensitivity which may have caused him to run off & become lost in the first place.
Thomas was picked up as a stray in Leduc County and transferred to us when he was not claimed.