| Status: AdoptedName: Whitie|
Age: 1 Year
|Location: Stonehouse Gloucestershire|
11-06-13 Whitie is a lively 15 month old collie. He is a nervous, flighty fellow who is very unsure at finding himself here and will bark. He doesn't yet know how to walk on a lead and at the moment would prefer not to have a lead around his neck so we will introduce a harness to him instead. Whitie loves a fuss and enjoys having his tummy tickled and did wag his tail for a bit. He simply needs some further training, socialisation, patience and TLC. He will need a kind, confident dog to show him the way and help him adjust in his new home.
This handsome chap has been here far too long, therefore I have set him a challenge to learn agility. Today I realised how little Whitie is for a collie, he only has little legs! Whitie is finding kennel environments very stressful, he gets easily frustrated especially when dogs walk passed his kennels and most of all when people pass by and not turn to say hello! When out with other dogs he is very excited to be out and about and just wants to play, however when you take him out alone he is a little more subdued.
.....Today we had a mini adventure, first of all we went for a little jog, Whitie isn't the best student on the lead he is very excited to be out and about but also I think unaware that there is someone on the other end of the lead. Whitie simply hasn't been taught to walk nicely therefore you can't blame him for the unknown. When we got to the sandschool I let Whitie have a little adventure whilst I set up some agility equipment. Whitie simply investigated and was very happy to wander around at his own pace and showed no distractions from the noises and dogs passing by. I want to start to create a bond between me and Whitie before asking him to learn new things so I spent some time sat with him and getting to know him, I then investigated what he already knows, to which I discovered he knows to sit. So I then went about learning new things, in such a short space of time he learnt to 'down', and we also started to learn to roll over which he did twice. He was just a super star, and not only very willing to learn he was as well offering behaviours and showed great knowledge of the understanding of learning. After this we had a quick game of ball, he wasn't that interested in toys however after a little while picked up a Frisbee and walked around with it in his mouth. I then started to recall Whitie through the agility wings to which he did brilliantly and we managed to get the pole up to small height to which Whitie cleared brilliantly, he was a little unsure at first and I could see him thinking about it all too much, but we made it into a big game and Whitie began to relax.
.....So we took our first steps today and tomorrow we will do more! I have just put Whitie back into his kennel after I pampered him with a bath and a groom, he wasn't too keen on the bath side but loved being blow dried and groomed.
Whitie is looking for a collie experience home who will continue with his training, he is such a gem!
The adoption fee for a dog is £170 for a dog at the centre and £180 for one in foster. If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.
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