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Whiskey is a very active, 11 month old, 42 lb. cattle dog pup. He is a super playful and fun-loving guy, with a seemingly limitless capacity to play and race around. He loves all variety of toys and is learning to play fetch. He is confident and curious about the world. Because he was not taken out or socialized much before we took him in, he a little cautious and protective when first encountering new things, people and other dogs. However, Whiskey’s basic nature is a gentle, submissive dog, who is very friendly and wants to please his people. When he's chill, he is a sweet pup, who enjoys cuddling and giving kisses.
Our guy fits the classic description of his breed. Whiskey is a very high energy cattle dog, with a lot of stamina. He is a very smart, thinking dog, with the courageous, pushy, persistent quality that is needed to keep the cattle in line. He is strong and athletic, and enjoys being physical. Whiskey has much of what we love about this breed. He has an exuberant, silly nature, and a cattle dog’s ability to make you laugh. He also very much wants to please his person, and is extremely loving with the human and canine members of his pack. Whiskey would be a great companion and helper with livestock, or some other daily physical activity. He could be a tireless sport dog for agility, fly ball, etc.
Whiskey would love to be in a home with another dog for him to play with. Our boy is so full of puppy energy and loves playing with his canine foster sisters so much, that he can exhaust his playmates. Whiskey is a little mouthy, but he's learning. When playing, he likes to give herding nips to other dogs, in a playful way. In a multi-dog household, Whiskey would need work to learn how to respect and be polite to the other dog(s). Currently, he is an adoring, but pesky little brother to his foster sister. He constantly pounces on her to engage her in play, or leaps on her as he races across the room to fetch a toy. Also, His Pushiness he will try to squeeze himself between his foster dad and his dog sister, while making comical howling sounds.
Whiskey has been great with his foster’s 11 year old nephew and 13 year old niece. He may be a little too active for young children and toddlers. He also became best buddies with a small, 6 year old, male dog who stayed with them. Because of his rough sense of play, we do not recommend Whiskey for a home with cats.
Like a small child Whiskey doesn’t want the fun to end. If he is too rambunctious and his foster ushers him into his crate, he will complain with a bark or whine, before finally settling down. However, he will frequently choose go into his crate on his own, when he wants to nap or it’s bedtime.
Whiskey is mostly quiet, but he can also be vocal, expressing his moods with different sounds. Our boy will often growl his discomfort about new things, which his foster believe will stop, as he learns the ways of the world around him. He will use his cattle dog high pitched bark, when he wants to play. HIs foster is teaching Whiskey to have an inside voice.
Before we rescued him, Whiskey was rapidly growing into a “teenager” without knowing any rules or boundaries. He did know the basic commands: sit and down, when treats are involved, and come. Although Whiskey is just now beginning to learn proper behaviors in different situations, he can still be a wild child at times. His adopter(s) will need to continue the work we have begun, and be a patient, unwavering leader, who is up to the challenge of providing consistent guidance and training. While Whiskey has a mind of his own, he is now starting to learn boundaries. He seems to be improving a little each day. Once he understands the rules and learns manners, he will grow into a wonderful partner and loyal companion.
As with many cattle dog pups, Whiskey is playful mouthy, but learning the proper limits of play. Whiskey is still in his youthful chewing stage, and will need a variety of chew toys to keep him busy during quiet time inside. As a curious, explorer, he will follow his nose and get into trash and things within his reach. Fortunately, he takes reprimands and corrections quite well from both his canine and human fosters. Whiskey does NOT guard food or resources (toys, treats, special person). When he knows he has done wrong, he becomes very submissive.
It seems Whiskey was never exposed to the sights and sounds of a neighborhood. On his first few walks, he seemed quite insecure and defensive, growling, pulling and barking at nearly everything he encountered. He is now learning how to behave when encountering other dogs, and fast moving things, but is still very alert and tense when outside the safety and familiarity of the house. He will need continued, regular, exposure to everyday life in order to gradually become more confident and calm on walks. Whiskey enjoys car rides, but continues to be alert and vocal about unfamiliar things outside.
Arya is a 1 year old cattle dog and, we believe, smooth coat border collie mix, who weighs 43 lbs. She has a gorgeous shiny dark coat, almost like a baby seal. Everyone who has met Arya, has fallen in love with her, even non-dog people. She is a great dog to have with you when dining outside. Arya is very friendly with people, and will sit quietly and watch the world go by. While we were outside at a restaurant, we saw her giving soft kisses to a toddler. This is the goodness that captured our hearts and soul as her foster parents. Arya is wonderful with both toddlers and older children as mentioned. She does not herd them, but enjoys cuddling with them. When you gaze into her puppy eyes, you will see a sadness, from the abuse she suffered as a small pup. She was robbed of her puppyhood by the history of egregious abuse. Despite this, she remains a sweet, gentle soul.
Arya has the text book cattle dog traits of being smart as a whip, very athletic, with a fairly strong drive, and willingness to please. She is a velcro dog who loves to be with her people. Arya is completely house trained, stays off furniture, rides nicely in cars, and knows how to use a doggie door. She loves watching TV, especially Sesame Street.
Our girl is great when meeting new dogs. She attends daycare weekly at a beautiful kennel-free doggie ranch where all canine guest must pass a rigorous screening process. This has really helped her socialize with other dogs and learn how to fit into a pack. She is currently enrolled in Basic Obedience class. She learns commands very fast, within minutes or seconds.
Arya would do well in a household with friendly, medium to large dogs, who are not seniors, have enough energy to interact with her, and will not be bowled over by her. In a multi-dog home, she can be competitive and wants to be the dominant dog. An example of this is when out for walks. If she is walking alone with you, she walks calmly and stays with you. However, if on a walk with other dogs, she will constantly try to race ahead and be in front.
She is curious about cats when seen on walks, but loses interest as we walk forward. Arya does need about 1 or more hours of walking and/or active play or running to be happy and calm. A run or jog of 1.5 to 3 miles a day would provide her with the exercise she needs. If your schedule is busy, alternating a day with a run or other active exercise, with a day of just a shorter walk, would be ok for her, too, as long as you engage her in play on quieter days, such as tug-of-war, and give her a stuffed Kong to keep her occupied during down time.
Arya’s ideal home would be with people who have an active lifestyle and like to explore nature and the outdoors, and who have experience with and an understanding of the cattle dog nature.
Grace is a 2-3 year old, 38 lb., cattle dog and border collie mix, with a low to moderate energy level. She's extremely sweet and affectionate with her fosters, and once she feels she can trust you. More than anything, she wants to be loved and close to her person. She'll jump up to hug you and gives very sweet kisses without slobbering all over you. Currently, everything around her is new and overwhelming to her. Grace is very shy, and extremely cautious and nervous when meeting new people.
She is as smart as they come, loves her training sessions, and is fun to train. As a loving, eager to please girl, she a fast learner, who has come very far in her training over the last eight weeks. Grace’s fosters have been working with her every day on training, and to socialize her. She knows her name, Grace or Gracie, sit, down, touch (which comes is handy for her handling sensitivities with strangers), jump (or up), hi five and shake. She knows to get into the crate when you point and say - Go In. Her recall is also fairly good. You can teach her tricks within minutes. In one night her fosters taught her to crawl, and to roll to her side to settle. They also taught her Hit The Deck, which is a down with her chin rested on the floor. Grace’s training mostly takes place in the house, where she is most comfortable. She would benefit from work with a one on one trainer, and brain games.
Grace is our Eliza Doolittle. She was found as a terrified stray, who avoided all creatures. Besides being initially fearful of unknown people, she seems to have had no prior training, and no social skills and likely no past interactions with other dogs. She is very awkward and stiff, as if unsure about how to behave with another dog. She tends to rush over to other dogs and freezes up; and when they move, she will immediately try to herd or control their movements.
Grace does not know how to play with other dogs and is not interested in fetch or toys at all. She has only recently learned to play tug with her fosters. For fun, she enjoys her chewing items and receiving attention from her humans. When you cuddle with her, Grace melts in your arms and is big on giving kisses, and rolls over to ask for belly rubs. If you pull your hands away while petting her, she will begin to burrow into your arms or lap. She wants to be a lap dog! During most of the day, she is in the house where she is most relaxed and happy. Grace is calm in the house and crate. She is able to entertain herself with interactive food toys and marrow bones. However, she wants TONS of attention before she'll self entertain or settle. As she is feeling more secure, she is now settling much more quickly.
For exercise, her fosters take Grace to an enclosed field to run around. She reaches her stress threshold fairly quickly when out in the world. Initially, she could not be out in a park for more than 10 to 15 minutes, due to the stress of the outside stimuli (cars, noise, people and dogs walking, barking). Grace has made great strides, and can now go on walks or play in a park for up to 30 minutes. Grace is completely housebroken. She may hold it for hours, if she is someplace where she is not comfortable. Grace was initially extremely stressed in a car, but since nearly all the rides with her fosters have been to do fun things, she is now much better. We recommend that she ride in a crate when in the car.
When meeting new people, Grace is quite cautious and will usually hide behind one of her fosters or furniture. She will warm up to you, if you go slow and give her space. People who first meet her should ignore her or toss treats from a distance. Grace is very sensitive to prolonged eye contact from new people. She will growl to communicate that she feels uneasy, but nothing more. Since Grace has a tough time meeting people in general, we do not recommend her for a home with children. Quick movements get her hackles up and she wants to chase. She reacts this way with squirrels and cats encountered on walks. She is scheduled for a herding aptitude test in the near future.
On walks, Grace walks fairly nicely on leash, until there is a trigger, such as seeing a cat, dogs walking on leash or barking behind fences. She will bark, pull, and lunge. Her fosters are working on this reactivity, and report that she is making good progress and she is doing much less barking and pulling in these situations.
We see Grace as basically a submissive dog. When she rushes over to greet one of the other dogs in her foster home, and he air snaps at her, she takes it well and backs off. Because Grace is still socially awkward, her fosters do not leave her unsupervised around the other dogs. She is always crated at night and when her fosters must leave the dogs in the house alone. She seems to do best with with polite, adult, male dogs her size or larger. She also did well meeting some disinterested, slow moving, senior, male dachshunds. It has taken Grace over a month to become more comfortable around the other dogs in her foster home. Her fosters believe she will eventually be fine with other polite, adult dogs, but the key will be ensuring that all meetings are positive, good experiences. For these reasons, until she becomes better socialized with other dogs, we currently don’t recommend her for a home with other dogs, especially younger, more energetic ones, unless they are always kept separate. Her fosters are continuing to work with her on this.
In summary, Grace is an extremely sweet and loving girl. She needs plenty of TLC, patience, reassurance, time, encouragement, and slow positive exposure to new things, to overcome the trauma of her prior life experiences, and learn how to be a happy, confident dog. Grace is making a lot of progress with her fosters, but her adopter(s) will need to continue the work. She is NOT for a novice dog owner. Grace’s foster mom feels that she would be be happy in a home with a small yard and a person who enjoys training activities. In the yard, she should not be left alone. If stressed, she may dig and attempt to escape. Grace’s foster also does NOT recommend Grace for someone with an active (running, hiking) lifestyle, or who wants to take her everywhere with them. She will definitely need an adopter who is experienced in working with and training dogs.
Cisco is approximately 3 years old and weighs 45 lbs. He is a charming, incredibly loving, smart, silly, playful and sometimes pushy cattle dog, who adores human attention. Cisco’s natural core personality is a submissive, goofy, impish guy with a fun loving sense of humor. He loves cuddling, and often wakes up his foster mom in the morning with a sweet cuddle and kisses. As a cattle dog, he quickly bonds with “his” people and dogs and wants to be right next to them all the time. He is very responsive and super obedient, with an overwhelming desire to do the right thing and please. He is easy when handled ― and allows his fosters to touch his ears, face, and paws easily. When petted, he relaxes and often lays down for belly rubs (which he loves).
However, he is also a work in progress. Due to his unknown traumatic past, he can be extremely reactive when first encountering some dogs and people. Once he gets over his initial reactiveness and figures out that he is safe, he is fun and super loving with people and other dogs. For this reason, he is only available to adopters who have extensive experience working with reactive dogs. It is clear that before we rescued Cisco, he was never exposed to or learned things that most household dogs know from an early age. We do not believe he had ever been walked on leash before coming to us. He tends to wander from side to side, but is learning how to walk nicely on leash. He will tug hard when he reacts to another dog or sees a squirrel, but he is mostly gentle and easygoing on leash. Cisco, also did not know how to play with toys when we first rescued him, but now he has his favorites. Initially, he was nervous about getting in the car, but he has learned to enjoy car rides to fun destinations. He will ride nicely in the backseat or in the front as your co-pilot. Cisco has two HITTGV fosters working with him. As he is being exposed to positive and fun new experiences, and is learning new things, his fosters can see his confidence grow each day.
After being reactive when he first met his fosters’ dogs, and was nervous about his male foster, he settled in to great relationships with both foster people and their dogs. Cisco does have a difficult time when seeing some dogs and people during walks, and we have opted to use a soft muzzle for him, because in his panicked response to seeing unfamiliar dogs, he sometimes reacts by pulling and snapping indiscriminately, and may accidentally bite those standing nearest to him. His fosters are working with professional trainers, and are making progress in reducing Cisco’s reactiveness.
At his foster home, Cisco has shown great manners in the house (he’s house trained). He is very observant, and a super smart, quick learner, and quickly learned several basic commands―sit, stay, off, leave it, etc. He now sits patiently before he gets his food and to have his leash put on. At mealtimes, once he’s done eating, he waits politely for his foster sisters to finish eating before he goes over to lick and polish both their bowls to a high shine. He has a crate that he willingly goes into when told “in your bed.” He will sometimes take naps in it on his own.
He loves to engage his foster sisters in play with them, but he doesn’t show any possessiveness over toys or other resources. He can be pushy with other dogs, but in a friendly, cattle dog way. He is mostly submissive with his foster sisters, but will sometimes take toys away from them. He would need to be paired with a happy, tolerant dog who wouldn’t mind this, as he learns more manners.
Our boy is full of personality. He has a cheerful and goofy sense of play. He enjoys both roughhousing and gentle play with each of his canine foster sisters. He loves wrestling and playing “bitey face” with other dogs, and shows very good bite inhibition. He will sometimes playfully (not hard) grab their legs or tails in his mouth. He is a bit klutzy, and his comical nature, makes his fosters laugh throughout the day. Cisco enjoys carry his foster mom’s socks around the house - he doesn’t chew or destroy them, just likes to parade around with them. He requires daily exercise, but once he gets it, he is generally relaxed and calm for the rest of the day. He seems to have a little separation anxiety, as he does not like to be left alone.
Cisco IS an adorable and loving young dog, with one major issue. He requires a patient and knowledgeable adopter who can gently train him, while building his trust and confidence, and discouraging his reactive tendencies. Every meeting with new dogs and people, needs to be a positive one, to help teach him that life is good and not to react to other dogs.
Finn (ADOPTION PENDING!) is lovable 23 lb., two year old cattle dog mix, whose perfect day would be spent curled up on your lap after some quality exercise at the park, on a hiking trail, or running with his dog friends. He is a moderate energy dog, who needs a good 90 minutes of active daily exercise. During the day, he is happy to lay under the desk, while you work. If you get up, he will be at your side or watching you from his spot. He is a great medium dog to take to work, shopping, or dog-friendly cafes and bars.
We rescued him from a situation where he never saw the outside world and was shut in a trailer his entire life. Since Finn’s rescue, he has been exposed to many new experiences like cats and teenagers, and has responded in an appropriately cautious manner. After a moment of consideration usually by looking back at his person, he greets other dogs, cats, and adults in a submissive posture. Finn loves women of all ages and eventually warms up to adult men. He would NOT do well in a home with children under 12 years old, as he wants to herd or chase them.
Finn is very unsure of himself and many things are new and scary to him. He needs continued regular exposure to the ways of the outside world and to gain confidence in different situations. He is also just beginning to learn proper social etiquette from people and other dogs. Currently, he will bark an alarm or growl his uneasiness, if he hears odd noises at night, or when people walk in the front door. Once he realizes things are ok, he stops barking. If he perceives a human as a threat - usually tall men standing up or walking towards him - he will bark and guard his human. He is fine and friendly with the same man, if the man is sitting or reclining.
Finn tends to be submissive with all other dogs, and seems to love the company of all dogs. With a proper introduction, he will begin playing chase and wrestle with the other dog(s). His herding genes will kick in, if playing with a few dogs. He will stay on the outside of the circle to gently nip at his playmates to keep them together. When with other dogs, Finn will check in with his human every few moments. We believe that Finn needs regular dog friends to play with, for both the exercise and continued socialization with other dogs. Currently, he is sometimes too curious about other dogs, and isn’t aware that he may be invading another dog’s space.
Our boy is just learning to play games, such as fetch and tug-of-war. He loves chew toys like bully sticks and Nylabones. Finn is neither possessive nor aggressive regarding his food or toys, and backs away if another dog or human reaches for it.
Finn’s favorite thing is going on walks with his human for new sights and smells. He is great on leash, as he always wants to be at your side. On walks, as when at the dog park, he will check in with you every few steps by nudging your knee with his nose. He may zig zag in front of you, to avoid scary shopping carts or strollers. He is ok around bicycles or loud trucks, but seems to not like rollerblades.
Finn is learning how to be a dog, and at home will follow you from room to room. When curled up on the couch, he will make contented grunts or dog singing. When at work with his human, he is entertained with a chew toy and will periodically ask for pets or attention. He can be mouthy and will try to use your hand as a chew toy if allowed. In a car, he curls up in his crate or the passenger seat without a sound, and likes his human to put a hand on him for comfort. If he needs to be left alone, he will whine until you leave, and then go to sleep in his crate without further noise.
Eager to please, Finn is very quick to learn and would benefit from further training. At night, he loves being in his crate and will sleep eight hours without a peep. Since he spent much of life living in a crate, he is still in the process of learning how to signal to his human when he needs to go outside to potty.
Finn would do best in a quiet, yet active home, with a consistent daily routine. HIs adopters need to be willing to routinely expose him to new places and positive experiences, to increase his confidence. He would thrive in a home with other friendly dogs as playmates, companions, and role models.
Finn is a great little guy, but he is still a herding dog, who needs to overcome the awful start he had in life. He has specific needs, and will require people who have an understanding of and experience with his breed. If he is not given enough daily exercise, or continually socialized, he may not continue to be the same calm, happy, friendly dog that he is now. Finn is NOT for people who want an easy, submissive dog, and who don’t have the time or ability to work with him to achieve his full potential.
Emerson (ADOPTED!) loves all people, including children. More than anything he wants his very own people to bond with. He wants to be your partner and part of a family. Emerson is about 10 months old and weighs approximately 30-35 lbs. Our boy has the best traits of a cattle dog. He is super smart, incredibly loyal, very much wants to please people, and just wants to stay by your side. Besides being a very friendly guy, Emerson has a very sweet and playful disposition. He is also loves other dogs and tends to be submissive around both dogs and with people. He seems to be a little unsure of himself, and what he should be doing in various situations, and needs someone to guide him.
Emerson is being fostered in a home with a 1.5 year old toddler, a 12 year old child, a cat and other dogs. Chasing is fun game to him. When everyone is playing, Emerson sometimes want to herd. If children are running and playing with him, he will joyfully do a few soft, playful herding nips at their heels; but will stop it if he is told to. He loves to play with other dogs. If a cat runs, he will want to chase it, but if a cat stands it’s ground and hisses, Emerson will back off.
He is an indoor dog who enjoys lots of outdoor play time, and is always up for anything. As a young pup, while he can be content with moderate exercise, he would also love being in an active home, where he can go out on long hikes, and meet the challenge of active playing and running. Since he is good off leash, he would also do well with someone who goes out on horseback on trails. Emerson can also be content with one or two long walks and a few 15 minute active play sessions each day. He loves to play ball. If left alone outside in a yard, his busy brain will look for things to do and he may dig or get into whatever you may have left out there.
He has a very active and curious brain, and is going through a chewing stage. He is doing well with a lot of dog toys to chew on. He does like children’s toys (Barbie dolls are a favorite), but has NOT chewed any furniture. Emerson will wander around the house looking for things to play with and chew. Emerson has a soft, gentle mouth, which he likes to use to fondle your hands lightly, or give you puppy nibbles.
Emerson pretty much comes when called and stays close when off leash. He also walks fairly well on a leash, and likes to be at the end of his leash, exploring. When the leash is taut he doesn’t pull further. His fosters are working on teaching him to heel while on leash. Emerson is potty trained and good in the crate for a few hours. At this time he does not lift his leg to pee. As a submissive pup, when he is excited to meet someone or something scares him, he may occasionally accidentally leak a little pee. He is great riding quietly in the backseat of a car, and will wait patiently if left in the car during errands.
This is an exceptional pup, who needs continued training and would benefit from obedience training classes, to begin learning manners. Emerson needs someone who has the time to teach him new things, and who will keep his curious brain occupied, and take him to explore new places, and help him build up his confidence.
Cider (ADOPTED!) is as adorable, charming, and cute as they come. She is a very sweet natured, bright and happy girl. She weighs 36 lbs. and is approximately 2 years old. Cider is a moderate energy pup, who adores human attention and crawling into your lap or snuggling on the sofa with you. She is great with all people and very free with her kisses. Everyone who has met her has fallen in love with her. However, as is often the case with cattle dogs, Cider has an angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other. Besides being devoted, curious, brave, and super smart, she also has a very busy, thinking brain, with a willful mind of her own, and an impish personality. Our girl is an extra challenge, because she is deaf. The vet who examined her believes she was born deaf in both ears. We sometimes suspect that she may hear certain loud and/or low rumbling sounds. As an eager to please, observant cattle dog, who figures things out, she will learn quickly.
More than anything Cider wants to belong and have her own people to bond and be with whenever she can. During the day, she likes to know where her people are, and will hang out somewhere in the same room or close by. If you move to another location, she will get up to see where you have gone. Cider has been trying to win over her foster dad, who doesn’t interact with her much. Whenever he enters the room, she goes to greet him with a big smile and wagging tail.
Cider likes her play time, but is also very content to curl up and relax with her people inside the house. She is still puppyish in some ways. Occasionally, she will get a spurt of glee, pick up a toy and race around the with it for a few minutes. Cider can be very mouthy when playfully interacting with people, and she becomes excited. She likes to play by taking your hands in her mouth and treat them like a chew toy. We are working to teach her that this is not an appropriate game to play. Cider loves children, but because she is mouthy, she may not be suitable for a home with young children, at least until she learns that puppy chews on hands is not appropriate behavior.
She has a very funny and endearing habit of taking shoes and slippers over to her bed or resting area(s) and sleeping with them. She seems comforted by having them with her when she is resting. She does not chew or destroy them. Her former fosters said she was fine left alone for several hours. She seems to settle down nicely in a crate, especially if she has a few shoes with her for comfort. Cider is very quiet most of the time. If all is well, she rarely barks. She will bark in protest when she is upset, mostly if she is left out of something or being prevented from joining in an activity.
Cider is similar to a cat in some ways. She loves being on her bed or curled up in a small space. Her former foster once found her curled up in the baby’s car seat. We have not seen her with cats, but suspect that she would not do well with them, due to her desire to police and/or herd other animals. While playing with other dogs, she herds by giving a small nip to the feet or rear, and sometimes behind the ears. She is completely submissive with people, and does NOT herd or show any willfulness to humans.
She meets other dogs, large and small, calmly and politely, with a low wag, and is friendly and playful with other dogs. However, once she feels comfortable in a multi-dog home, Cider will attempt to hog her person and block other dogs from approaching. In a multi-dog household, it must be made clear to her that she is not the dog traffic cop, and she must share her person. If there are other dogs in the same home, Cider’s person needs to be a very clear leader, with training and breed experience. Otherwise, she will try to control the dog traffic in the household. We believe that she had just never been taught anything, including manners. Because she is so bright and wants to please people, we feel sure that she will comply, once she understands that you do not want this. Other than this desire to be possessive of her person/people, Cider does NOT show any other guarding behavior. She is easy around food and toys, and waits her turn politely for treats, with the other dogs.
Cider enjoys going out on walks to see and take in the scents of new places. We believe that before we rescued Cider, she was likely not taken out on walks or exposed to new experiences. She is extremely curious and eager to explore areas with her nose. She is very good at staying close to her person, walking right at your knee, half a step behind. In unfamiliar surroundings, Cider wants to make sure she doesn’t lose sight of her person. However, when in public, she needs to be on leash, since she cannot hear approaching cars or bicycles, and if she becomes distracted, she may not see you beckoning her. Cider is still learning how to walk on leash, and tends to follow her nose when out on walks.
Cider is completely housebroken. In a car, she rides quietly, both in the back seat or in a crate, and seems to enjoy watching the world go by, although she is nervous about where she is being taken. We believe Cider is afraid of the dark. At night, she is reluctant to walk in dark, unlit areas. At bedtime, when the lights are out, if she does not know where her people are, she will give out sharp, alarm barks. Cider seems especially fearful when in a car, on dark country roads at night. She will tremble and pant quickly during the entire ride on a dark road. The first time we drove in the dark, her heart raced so fast, that we feared she would have a heart attack. She is better in the car at night, if in a well lit town areas.
Cider needs moderate exercise and to learn through gradual exposure to new experiences and situations. She needs some work to catch up on training she should have received as a puppy. We are seeking adopter(s) who can see the incredible potential in Cider, and who will return all the love in her heart. Besides having a knowledge an appreciation for the busy, stubborn and silly cattle dog brain, her adopters will need to have the time and patience to teach her manners, boundaries and basic hand signal commands. Cider has learned a quick hand signal for Stop and finger wag for No, to stop her inappropriate action; although, it may take a repetition of a few times, because she may think (or hope) you didn’t mean it the first time.
We encourage any adopter to learn about the special challenges of and attention needed for a deaf, strong willed cattle dog.