Orion is a 10 month old, 26 lb. neutered male mix in Macungie, PA.
Orion has a minor skin condition that my vet has been unable to diagnose that causes him to obsessively itch, chew and have some minor hair loss. I suspect it's his pent up energy causing him to habitually itch. He is very high energy and a very fast learner but he is easily bored and will cause mayhem and mischief if not mentally and physically stimulated.
He is fully potty trained and crate trained. He knows sit, down, wait(instead of stay), come, off, release (instead of drop) and walks very well on leash. He has a small make shift agility course with a platform/ramp, stumps to jump, a tunnel (which he loves) and weave poles (which he hates), so he knows some agility. He also loves playing fetch and playing with tug toys.
He is a great hiking/camping companion. He does give you a hard time putting on the leash and gets very reactive when he sees other dogs while on leash. He's not aggressive towards other dogs, just frustrated with the restraint because he really, really wants to play. He plays well with large dogs and tends to herd bully small dogs. Not sure how he is with cats as he has only seen the local outdoor cats who keep their distance, or cats that are in cages at the animal shelter. He was fairly indifferent in both cases.
He would do best with someone with lots of heeler experience, preferably someone who can make use of his intense drive to work. Maybe a farmer or someone professionally involved with dog agility. He needs to be a working dog, not just a family pet. He gets along great with kids, but he does try to round them up like sheep and gets whiny and upset when they are out of his sight. He would do well with big dogs of similar breeds. He is good friends with a ruff coated collie and German shepherd.
I am rehoming him because he is proving to be too high energy and needs to be a full time working dog. I have a full time job that prevents me from giving him enough mental and physical stimulation.
He is very mouthy, nips at heels when he gets in a herding mood, and can get snappy when being disciplined or handled by the collar. Topical herding nipping towards people and other dog in house. Sometimes snaps at hands when being disciplined and/or handled by collar. I've been trying to desensitize him with the collar, but he's a work in progress. He's also very mouthy. My method of discipline has been putting him in time out in his crate, so it's also a bit of kennel aggression. I am fairly certain that this can all be improved, if not fully resolved, once he starts getting the full mental and physical stimulation and training that he needs.
Again, I can't stress enough, he must go to an experienced heeler/cattle dog person/couple/family. I was not experienced with this breed when I got him. I will require some kind of proof that you are very experienced with this breed because I want him to succeed with his next family. I already failed him, I don't want his life to end because of my inexperience or someone else's.
I'm willing to drive within 70 miles. I would appreciate an adoption fee which I'm willing to discuss with the interested potential adopter. He currently lives in Macungie, PA 18062.
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