We’ve had Copper for about a year. We’ve had Chip for almost 4 years and he’s a really great dog, but not what I would call cuddly. He’s like a cat, indifferent, but cute. He doesn’t like to go places, he pukes in the car and is very stubborn. Jason and I were looking for another dog to add to our already crazy family, nothing too big with more hair and slightly higher energy.
We looked at several breeds and breeders. We are not “adopt don’t shop” people, with so many stipulations we can’t just get whatever and hope for the best. I’m not saying one is better than the other either, we don’t get them because they are purebred, we get them for how they are bred and raised. Anyway. He was such an adorable little fluffball, but he cried and screamed like a banshee! It was excruciating.
We quickly learned that this dog was extremely needy. Which is both good and bad. It’s good because he wants to cuddle you. He will hop on the chair or bed and literally sit on you or lean and lay on you. He’s very loving, such a cuddlebug. It’s also bad because of all of those things and he’ll lick you to death! We’ve had to establish clear boundaries and assert our alpha with Copper. With Chip, he’s so sweet you look at him wrong and he’ll go find a friendlier person to protect him. We have to shove Copper away and give direct commands. He’s such a sausage you can’t be soft with him. It helped a lot to watch Alpha, actually. Ha!
He’s house trained, listens well and we love him to pieces, but it’s definitely a love/hate! He’s so sweet, but chews up everything!! Anything he can find he’ll chew up. My llama Jason got me wasn’t even safe. Expensive things! Hiking boots! Electronics! LOL dolls!
He herds. That is definitely the breed, but Chippy doesn’t need to be herded. If we go out of his sight when we’re out in town or on a hike he goes into banshee mode. He needs a walk every day. What he really needs is a job. A farm to run around on or something without chickens. He’s killed one of our chickens even though we trained him to herd, find or leave them alone. He just got bored.
Now that I am home everyday, we’ve been refining his skills. He’s a good dog, he really is, he just takes a lot of work! I’m able to walk him more often. We’ve been working on the command, Leave It. When he tries to herd Chippy, I’ve told him to Leave It and he is, it just takes time and consistency. He has really improved this last week or two. He gets some slow treat toys or peanut butter in the kong while I’m working on stuff and can’t pay attention to him. We’re adapting. We had been putting feelers out about finding him a different home wth no luck. If we are doing our best and he still needs more, then he needs to be in a different family. No one is able to take him and secretly I’m glad. He’s a stinker, but he’s my stinker.