Weight: 50 lbs
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: No
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with kids: Yes
Foster State: Ohio
Adoption Fee: $450
Marty likes men, women and children and gets along easily with dogs and cats. He’s housebroken and has good house manners. When we are at home, we’ll take 1-2 walks during the day, and have several playtimes in the yard. In between activities, Marty is content to be a “couch potato” on one of the dog beds. He loves attention, loves to be fussed over and makes us laugh frequently with his antics and facial expressions.
Despite his easygoing temperament and laid back attitude, Marty is always ready to go and exhibits the intensity typical of an Australian Shepard or Border Collie. He enjoys learning commands and pays close attention to his people. He is very responsive to positive reinforcement including praise, petting and treats. He is sensitive and gets anxious and avoidant if he senses anger or impatience from people. Marty has a strong herding drive and will c losely follow people, jumping and mouthing their hands and legs unless corrected and redirected. This dog needs a confident, experienced owner who is willing to provide structure, exercise and ongoing training.
Marty has been given free reign in the house with and without other dogs, for up to 5 hours. He overnights with 3 other dogs, on dog beds in the master bedroom. He seems to be fearful of crating, but there has been no reason to crate him. When needed, we have used baby gates which have been effective for limiting Marty’s access to certain rooms.
Marty enjoys walks, although his initial excitement can be challenging to manage until he settles into a rhythm. He mostly ignores dogs or other distractions while on lead. Marty loves to run and enjoys the company of dogs that will chase and wrestle outdoors. He will need a home with a fenced yard and plenty of outlets for his energetic play style.
Marty can be stubborn and will get “mouthy” to express his resistance, e.g. if you pull on his collar or try to put drops in his ears. He is suspicious about taking medicine. I have to hide his medicine in a treat AND he has to see the other dogs get a similar treat before he’ll take it.
He had been medicated with Trazadone for Canine Compulsive Disorder (CCD), by previous owner’s vet. At advice of TSCR vet, foster gradually reduced dosage by 75% with no behavioral concerns noted. Without medication however, Marty becomes anxious, “twitchy” and will bite at his own legs and hips compulsively, a behavior typical of CCD.