Blaze is a 1 year old male tri-colored, pure bred Border
Collie. His coat is medium length and he has (almost) prick
ears. He currently weighs about 35 pounds.
Blaze was under-socialized as a puppy and is fearful in
new situations. However, his response to being afraid is
only barking and posturing. He really just wants to love
everybody and everything, but new people are very scary
to him, for a few minutes. He will eventually approach new
people for pets (very tentatively) or to give them a ball
to play fetch, and once he has "met" people, he's a total
As long as his new family understands that they will need
to SLOWLY introduce him to new people and places, Blaze
will reward them by being an awesome dog.
loves to play fetch, and is excellent with the two other
dogs in his foster home. He is very good at taking cues
from other dogs, which has helped him to relax quicker in
stressful situations. Ideally, he'll have another active
dog to play Border Collie games with.
In the house, Blaze loves his crate, dog bed, chair, whatever.
He settles very nicely and doesn't make a peep. He will
react to people coming into the house suddenly, but in his
foster home, he's been excellent with people coming in the
house, because he's in his crate when that happens. Crate
= sanctuary where nothing bad can happen!
Blaze loves to travel in the car, but because he is scared
of people walking near the car and will react, it's best
to have him crated. he may still bark at people from a crate,
but he settles much quicker.
In terms of training, Blaze has had some very bad experiences
with punishment based methods. He has excellent obedience,
but isn't always thrilled to "do tricks." This is fairly
typical of dogs trained with these methods, as they come
to fear doing the "wrong" thing, and therefore
are hesitant to do ANYthing. Blaze's body language totally
changes when he's asked to do any obedience as a result.
He has an excellent recall for such a young dog, and will
stop on a dime to "lie down". If he can learn that obedience
leads to fun things, he would be an excellent agility candidate.
He's got all the physical and mental tools.
classes will not be a requirement with him as long as
his adoptive family has an understanding of, and experience
with positive reinforcement-based training methods. If they
do not, an approved class will be required.
As a matter of course, NEBCR does not place dogs into home
situations where aversion/punishment-based training methods
are the primary training philosophy (including an adherence
to "dominance" theory practices). These methods have been
proven over and over again to have adverse effects, in some
cases are based on incorrect information about how dogs
really learn/behave, and are simply not necessary.
Blaze's new family will have the foresight to predict stressful
situations and the patience to slowly introduce new things
/ people to his life. He will not do well in a situation
where change is the norm.
you're an active family that can handle a 1 year old Border
Collie's energy (go go go go!) and are looking for a really
sweet, smart and fun dog, Blaze may be the dog for you!
Blaze is being fostered in eastern Massachusetts.
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