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Addie is an 8 month old Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix. She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on all vaccinations including Lyme, Lepto, DHLPP, and Rabies. She is also on Heartgard and Nexgard chewables. She is house trained, crate trained, knows basic commands at varying levels of competency like Sit, Stay, Down, Heel, Come, Leave It, Wait At The Door, Go To Your Crate, Go To your Place, and knows several tricks like High Five, Sit Like A Lady (crosses her paws), Spin, Twirl, Switch Sides, Middle (sit between my legs) Zig Zag (weave in and out of my legs), Jump around my arms in a circle, Jump through a hoop, Bow, Walk front paws on a yoga ball, Sad Puppy (put head in paws) etc. She is clearly very smart and loves to train. She is very attached to her human family and loves to be with you, often napping at your feet. She is extremely food motivated and we use several food toys as well as training to feed her rather than using a bowl. She is also a heavy chewer and will shred plush toys in minutes but is better with stronger dog toys that are made for chewing. She is not a natural at fetch but has been trained to play if there is a food reward involved. She prefers to play tug with her toys. She likes to play with other dogs, but has not been exposed to cats or other pets. She has a lot of energy and requires lots of exercise both physical and mental.
Addie has issues with resource guarding, aggression and general reactivity:
Resource Guarding: She will aggressively guard anything she views as valuable like bully sticks, peanut butter, food found on the ground, and the garbage can, but also non-food items like a shoe, sticks, dead animals, even a warm spot in the sun. She barks, snarls, and has bitten to protect these items. We have been working on training this out of her and she has made improvements but is still not reliable.
Aggression/Reactivity: Addie is reactive when meeting/greeting people and other dogs. She will pull, lunge, jump, bark and/or whine if on leash. It is usually friendly but sometimes not. In particular, she is unreliable around children and some men. She will lunge, bark, growl and snarl aggressively at some but not all. She can also become demanding with play (barking over and over) if a dog does not want to play. She also barks reactively when in the house when she hears people passing on the street or a dog barking outside. We have been working on training to overcome all of this but have made only minor progress. She will require an experienced trainer and a lifelong commitment to training and exercise. She requires daily physical and mental stimulation and a fenced yard where she can explore and play safely.
If you would like to meet Addie, please call Teri at 630-897-7454. She is currently located in Wisconsin. The adoption fee is $150.