Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue
Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue

Gender: Male
Age: 1 Year
House-trained: Yes
Fenced yard required: Yes
Location: Mid-Michigan
Foster Home: Tammy
Crate-trained: Yes
Treat-motivated: Yes
Toy-motivated: BALL!
Likes Car Rides: Tolerates
Good with cats: Dog-savvy cats
Good with kids: Yes
Commands: "sit, down, kennel-up, NO, leave it, shake, give me you belly, wait"

Felix was adopted in March, 2017 and is now known as Eagan! Here he is with his new humans!

Felix is a wonderful young dog. On that note, I am going to give you all the bad and see how far you make it!

Felix's biggest problem is that he has a never ending supply of energy and drive. He can be a handful in the house as he gallops from one end of the house to the other playing with whatever ball he can find to toss around to himself. He is also a shadow chaser and will bounce around the house with his nose in the air chasing at who knows what. Felix also has a big vocabulary and he likes to let you hear it at the most opportune times, like first thing in the morning... Or any time he thinks he needs to be out of his crate.

Congratulations! You have made it through the bad.

The good: He has energy in reserve all the time and is always ready for a new adventure. He is easily called off his shadow chasing and easily redirected with a toy! His galloping through the house is also easily managed by working you obedience skills. Teaching Felix where his place is in the house and giving him a toy seems to help focus his attention to something positive and stop his silly running around the house like a ding-dong.

Felix is crate trained and though he is vocal and yappy in his crate at times, he is very easily corrected and he will settle down quickly. What I have noticed is that he is yappy when I am up and about in the house and he wants to be out with me. I just holler "quiet" and he settles down. If that does't work, he gets a little squirt from the squirt gun of silence and he gets the picture pretty clearly!

He is house trained and knows his basic obedience commands. He will go to the door when he needs to go out for a potty break and wait for you to let him out. He is very quick about doing his business outside. He still squats to do his business like a puppy. He is not a marker in the house and I have not notice him trying to lift his leg on anything around the yard at all.

Felix is affectionate and loves to be with his people. He likes kitties just fine too, so long as the kitty likes dogs. If you have a kitty that is scared and runs away, it might prove to be a different situation, but her at his foster home, he gives the resident kitty sweet smoochies every morning. I am confident that even if Kitty is scared, Felix would be pretty easy to call off the cat should he try to give chase.

Felix has loved every person that he has met so far, and he likes kids just fine too. On that note, Felix is a VERY active young dog and it might be best if he is placed in a home with older children. Given his level of activity and drive he might be too much for very young children who are not dog savvy. Felix is a lot of dog in a small package!

Felix has excellent doggy-social skills. In his foster home he is respectful of the resident dogs warnings and corrections to his behaviors. He is not a pushy dog in regards to other dogs space and has fit in nicely with the "home dogs". He has earned the right to roam the house and play with the resident dogs. He dances around and plays super with my older female. She loves him! Felix tries to play with the young male in the house, but he often shrugged off and they really just go about their own business.

Toys are a must for this guy. He LOVES the tennis ball. Like many BC's he loves to play fetch and will play for as long as you are willing to throw the ball. He has also discovered the joys of the jolly-egg outside. He has a good time pushing the egg around the yard burning off some energy. Another key factor for Felix's success in the house is to take all the tennis balls away from him in the house as he is just too driven with them.

All in all, Felix is a super young guy that any BC lover would be happy to call their own. I am requesting that Felix be placed in a home with Border Collie experience and have a fenced yard so he can run free and be safe. Felix is a spit-fire and might be a great candidate for dog sports. An obedience class is a must for this guy. He is smart and will be the star of the class! Any trainers dream dog.