Sarge seems to be a Collie mix, graced with a lush, full coat, a full mane and pretty Collie tri-colors. But his stocky, muscular build suggest Australian Cattle Dog DNA. Sarge is a double dose of herding dog, so he definitely needs an active lifestyle and a job. Herders are hardwired to work, and if his adopters do not give Sarge a job, he will practice his herding skills within the household. A bored, frustrated herding dog is a recipe for Mayhem.
Exercise and obedience training are the keys to managing the Herding Breeds. Sarge is a high-energy dog, who would make a great running, walking or hiking partner. He's built for speed, but will adjust his pace to suit his Handler. He needs at least three brisk daily leash walks, in addition to focused playtime. Adopters can increase the intensity of a walk by outfitting Sarge with a dog backpack, loaded with water and a collapsable bowl. At each rest and water stop, Sarge will feel like he's got a job and will be quite proud of himself.
Obedience training is essential to meeting the needs of a Herding dog. Sarge already knows all of his basic obedience commands, and is on the way to earning his Canine Good Citizenship Certification. Adopters should be able to take him the rest of the way with ease. Structure and obedience work go a long way in providing Sarge the mental and physical challenges that he needs.
Sarge is best suited to an active adult home, with a dog savvy single or couple, who have the time and energy to give him his daily exercise. Tranquility and calm suit Sarge best. In a chaotic, hectic environment he becomes anxious and demonstrates herding behavior in order to maintain social order. In a calm environment, Sarge relaxes and enjoys quiet time with his people. Kids and cats may provide too much stimulation, but Sarge could easily join a multi-dog home.
Sarge has good house manners and is house trained and crate trained, although adopters should expect to troubleshoot a few accidents during his transition to a new routine. He is in excellent health, and at an ideal lean body weight of 30 pounds. He has been neutered, and vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus), He has been boostered as needed. He has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. If you are interested in Sarge, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.
Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.
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