Age: 5 Sex: male, neutered Weight: 68 lbs House trained: yes Crate trained: yes Good with dogs: yes, but can be a little pushy Good with cats: don’t know Good with kids: sort of, see bio Foster State: OH
Briggs is a beautiful collie boy who has a calm temperament, but he is fearful of new situations and needs time and patience as he adjusts and learns about new environments and people. If you are willing to provide him with time, patience and calm approaches, he will soon reward you with loving attention. Briggs is most nervous about children and child noises, and wants to bolt when we are near playgrounds or schools where there are lots of play noises, especially balls bouncing. It might be best to make sure he doesn’t have to deal with that constantly as he should have careful work to help him learn that small human noises are ok. When children have been in my house, he is not more fearful of them than any big person, and will approach and sniff them, but won’t let them touch him, as he does with other humans he’s not sure about. If they are making lots of active kid noise, though, he will run and hide. He plays well with his foster sibling collie and would do very well with another dog of a similar calm temperament. He is cooperative about being in his crate. He generally behaves well with the other dogs but can occasionally be a bit pushy or obnoxious about hogging dog beds or pushing his nose in for treats.
He is interested in learning about everything in the house and may sometimes get into things he maybe shouldn’t, especially cloth items, but has been on pretty good behavior in the house. He is still learning to walk on a leash, although he does not pull, but since he is nervous about new places, he has to go slow and make sure he knows about everything and everyone around him. He is just starting to learn some commands, and that may take a bit of work, as we are still figuring out what motivates him to work. As he has warmed up to us, he shows himself to be a sweet and loving boy to those humans willing to work to bond with him.