Dart is a 6 year old, 40 lb. neutered male in Cleveland, OH.
Dart is a middle-energy dog who will keep up with any physical activity but also knows when to lay low while his people are doing so as well. He’s your typical velcro ACD, always doing his best to oversee anything you may be doing while smugly looking on as if he could do better. He loves being close to his people even if it’s in his crate. He is very personable and always enjoys your attention.
Although housetrained, he has a tendency to drink too much water and thus the occasional indoor accident. I have been monitoring his water intake and he is doing much better. I consulted the vet regarding his thirst and she does not think it is of any concern, merely a possessive trait of his. He walks great on a leash and does show an occasional prey drive towards a passing motorcycle, but he is responsive when corrected.
He has a great bill of health and has never had an issue needing any intervention. He is up to date on all vaccinations and medications.
His ideal home will be a home in which he is the only dog with experienced owners. He has been very selective of the dogs he plays well with as he is an alpha and the dog he has been living with is a beta. She responds to his energy and he senses it, and he will occasionally assert his dominance for no reason at all. A yard with a fence is a must as his prey drive will fully take him over. I would prefer an experienced ACD owner as he shows strong attributes of his stubbornness and headstrong behavior.
I adopted Dart from a local shelter in which he showed up out of nowhere with no backstory. At the time I was looking for a buddy for my female ACD who I had adopted a year earlier from the ACDRA. After 4 years and many attempts to find the right methods to make this household work, I finally tried splitting them up and he has been living with my parents for the last 2 months. This arrangement has been much better for him, both outward and inward behaviors have improved as his “competition” for attention is no longer present. My goal is to find the best spot for him to flourish where he can be the dog that I know he can be.
I will assist in any adoption opportunity so long as his needs are met. I think it would be great if a fair donation is made to the ACDRA as I do not seek any adoption or transport fee.
Dart is in Cleveland, OH.
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