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Bonnie's foster mom has begun taking her to classes, and Bonnie is displaying frustration based reactivity. Although she can meet people and dogs in a friendly manner while on leash, if she is not allowed access to greet them, she in essence throws a bit of a temper tantrum, complete with barking, lunging, and grabbing anything she can reach to shake vigorously. Her foster home is working on helping Bonnie work through this frustration in more appropriate ways, however, we know this isn't a quick fix and it will likely be a behavior that her adopters need to be committed to continuing to work with going forward.
Therefore, her adopter will need to be willing to commit to working with Bonnie on this issue with the help of a positive reinforcement regime.
We're hoping this behavior can addressed with re-direction and focus work, but it may take her some time to unlearn this frustration response. Dealing with her full-blown tantrum is not for the faint of heart and needs a very patient and loving approach so as to not intensify her reaction.
Bonnie is a roughly 2.5 years old Honorary Border Collie (AKA an Aussie with a tail) that came into rescue due to having too much energy for her previous owners. She is spayed and up to date on her vaccinations, and negative for heartworm and tick borne diseases, and she is ready for her next adventure! She is a lovely Red tri (red, tan, and white) with a full, beautiful tail!
Bonnie was previously an "only" dog, although she frequently attended doggie daycare and visited dog parks where she always had fun. She is being fostered in a house full of other herding dogs and has adjusted very well, and seems to thrive in the busier environment. She has been great with all of the resident dogs at her foster home, as well as her foster parents, and the 4yo child in the home.
Bonnie is eager to please and knows many basic commands, she loves her toys, is fully house trained and is crate trained.
Bonnie would do great in a home that will provide an outlet for her energy. She needs a "job" to keep her mind busy, as in her previous home she showed some compulsive behaviors. In her foster home where she is busy, none of these traits have been shown. Bonnie has been fine with the 2 small terriers in her foster home, but should not live with cats as she finds them too exciting and they trigger her prey drive. Similarly, she also finds poultry very exciting and if her new home has any, there needs to be a very secure fence in place to keep everyone safe and sound. Although we have not allowed her to interact with them, she is highly interested in the resident ducks.
Bonnie is an absolutely lovely dog with lots of potential. She has a solid foundation on her but she needs to be in a home that challenges her mind. She is very food motivated, and loves to work. She also loves to play with toys. If you are looking for a new partner, consider Bonnie!
Gracie is a super friendly dog. She LOVES people and always wants to be around them. She thinks she is lap dog and always wants her tummy rubbed. She enjoys playing fetch, tugging, and learning new tricks. She has easily adjusted to life in her foster home and is a pleasure to be around.
CHECK OUT GRACIE IN ACTION!
If you're looking for an active dog then Gracie could be the dog for you!
Don't let her age or some gray hair on her face fool you, Gracie is an active, high energy border collie. She needs an experienced home who understands border collies. Gracie is a typical border collie. She is toy obsessed (frisbees are her favorite) constantly busy, and quirky. She learns quickly and needs a lot of exercise and stimulation, both physical and mental.
Gracie has some basic training and walks perfectly on leash without pulling. She can be reactive on leash when she sees other dogs or small animals so she needs a rural or suburban environment. She runs fast and jumps high so a solid fence is required. A 5-foot or higher privacy fence (fence you cannot see through) is strongly preferred, but not required depending on the home. Gracie can jump/climb a 6-foot chainlink fence and can dig under fences so constant supervision is necessary for Gracie whenever she is outside.
Gracie has a history of fly snapping, an obsessive compulsive behavior that has led her to fixate on, snap at, and jump at lights and imaginary things above her. This is, unfortunately, a common behavior found in border collies. Gracie has been on two tablets of Prozac for a year now and is doing well. Her fly snapping is well managed with it. Prozac is an inexpensive medication and Gracie loves taking it every morning with peanut butter.
Gracie tends to ignore other dogs when not on leash. She is too busy with her toys to interact with them. She will guard her toys and space from other dogs.
Gracie would make an excellent agility, frisbee, or flyball dog. She needs a lot of training and activities to keep her stimulated. She would also make a great hiking or running dog. She is a super friendly dog who loves everyone she meets.
If you're up for the challenge (and fun) of living with Gracie, please submit an adoption application!
Punky is a boisterous, driven, handsome young Border Collie. Born in November 2014, this guy is young and is an absolute sponge for learning. He has tons of food and toy drive and truly wants to please his handler.
Punky is fearless on FitPaws equipment and with playing the "bang-it" game on the agility teeter. He has no sound sensitivities or concerns when it comes to handling new games and new surfaces. In some ways he is all of the things we could ask for in a great Border Collie for performance or sports.
Unfortunately the things that make Punky seem wonderful to his foster mom are all of the things that make a young Border Collie a nightmare with lack of stimulation.
Due to his earlier life, Punky has some behavior that will need to continue to work on to be modified. He barks when strange people approach and he will spin at the end of his leash and needs to continue to find better ways to approach greetings. Punky will also spin when in high stimulus environments, such as getting ready to go outside with all of his foster siblings. He needs verbal and sometimes physical interruptions (a pet on the head, or other interruption to make him look back to his handler) for his spinning, so that he can slowly work his way out of this default behavior.
Positive reinforcement, the Control Unleashed Program, structure and a strong handler bond have made Punky into a completely different dog than he was when he came from the shelter. Once Punky knows his "person" he is a love to have around. He's great in the house, not frantic or too "busy". Punky is wonderful for baths, nail trimming, grooming, feeding, crating and has happily stayed with a dog sitter.
The ideal home for Punk would have many mental outlets to help him overcome the self-taught behaviors of his puppyhood. He would love someone familiar with the CU program. Punky has a TON OF DISC DRIVE!! He is wonderful with other dogs, loves children and ignores the cat. Punky needs a fenced yard and a training program with an approved trainer.
Punky is currently being fostered in northern Vermont.
Serra, a purebred border collie, will be 2 in April, and is as active and intense as she is pretty! Purchased as what surely was an adorable little pup, she quickly grew into a real border collie, and found herself in need of a new home as she was simply too much for her originally family to handle.
Don't let her beautiful looks fool you, she is definitely not for the faint of heart. This girl needs a job, and she needs a lot of structure. She doesn't seem to have had much in the way of rules with her first home, but she is a bright girl and catches on quickly. She thrives being an integral part of the family, and is eager to learn new things. She does not like being left out of activities and will make her displeasure known by way of barking.
Serra loves playing with dogs who will play with her, but she did not enter rescue with good dog skills, and while she's had some excellent teachers in her foster home, she can be extremely pushy in her playstyle which is not tolerated by all dogs, and she doesn't appreciate them letting her know that. She will play for hours with dogs that will put up with her pushy play style, but does not do well with other active dogs that don't want to play - this kicks her "Order Collie" control gene into high gear and she goes into overdrive trying to control the energy - and then no one is happy.
She is crate trained but is very vocal about spending time in her crate if she thinks there is fun going on in the house without her. She can be quiet and calm when the house is peaceful and also when her foster mom is out of the house, but will bark when she hears the car pull in. She is housetrained and is happy to hang out chewing on a bone and playing bitey face with her friends after a good day's exercise. She will bark at cats when she is in her crate but when loose does ok with them. She would surely chase a cat that ran but she is good with dog savvy cats.
Serra has been introduced to herding and has great interest in working, however, she needs a lot of work on her impulse control. She also needs work on being comfortable with handling around her hind end, which can make grooming her pretty fur a challenge. She currently needs to be muzzled for this but we are continuing to work on desensitizing her.
She loves being with her people, is very bright and is food and toy motivated. She enjoys playing tug and fetching toys. She enjoys playing with the jolly ball as well! When she came into rescue she wasn't convinced people were of that much use to her but she has been learning it can be rewarding to work with humans as partners.
Serra's new home must have a solid plan to meet her exercise needs - both mentally and physically. A fenced yard, while preferred, is not necessarily required - each applicant is looked at on a case-by-case basis, and we are truly looking for the best fit for Serra, where she is going to be able to thrive. That said, she is not currently a candidate to be loose in an unfenced yard, however, so if you don't have a fence you do need a solid plan on how to meet her exercise needs safely.
A home with other *compatible* dog(s) and an experienced dog owner with a desire to be actively involved in training of some sort is preferred. Serra is being placed with a positive reinforcement based training class requirement as a condition of her adoption. She will likely do best with easy going playful males dogs who enjoy a rough-and-tumble play style.
Check out Sierra in action!
Serra is being fostered in Connecticut and can be seen in NY state near the MA border.
Zac is a handsome, 10 year old, curly coated boy. He came from a shelter and little is known about his past. He is a healthy and active dog. His favorite game is tug, and he also likes to go for walks and catching balls or frisbees. He'd rather you fetched them for him, at this point, as he hasn't figured out that if he brings them back to you you'll throw them again!
If you want a dog who really loves people, Zac would love to live with you. He loves to shadow his foster mom everywhere. He loves meeting new people, especially when they give him attention and tummy rubs! And treats! He will pretty much do anything for a treat! He is a very smart guy and knows several tricks including Sit, stay, down, roll over, shake, and spin, and he is currently working on going out and around a post, unwind and come.
Zac, being a border collie, needs an adopter prepared to keep him active and mentally exercised. He needs a child free home and is a one without cats and small animals - they are just much too exciting for him! He does fine with other dogs but those with high energy really put him into an extremely overstimulated state, and therefore he'd do best with quiet, low key dogs, or as an only dog. He's fine out and about with other dogs and isn't aggressive - he just gets really wound up and frantic when living with other high energy dogs.
He's really looking for a fresh start where he can be your best friend? Do you need a new best friend? Zac is ready and waiting to meet you!!