Dax is a gorgeous lad looking for a new home through no fault of his own. His new owner must have experience with owning Border Collies and training anxious dogs. Dax is suited to living in a quiet home in the countryside with his own secure garden as he finds the hustle and bustle of busy villages/towns too arousing and causes him some anxiety.
Dax is friendly with people, he can be very boisterous and noisy when visitors first come to the home, however he does settle. When out walking in the dark he is more wary and will bark and lunge at strangers walking towards him. He also nervous of people who use walking sticks. This will need to be worked on in his new home. Dax is ok around children once he has been introduced correctly and once he gets to know them.
Dax does pull when walking on the lead, so currently wears a harness to protect his throat from the pulling. Further training will hopefully help this. His recall is generally good, however on occasion if he wants to stay out and play longer he will stay out of reach to be put back on the lead. Dax travels well in the boot or on the back seat clipped in securely with a harness.
Dax is fine with other dogs. He can play quite rough and could be quite over bearing for some dogs. He could potentially live with a friendly female. Unfortunately he isn’t suited to living with cats. In the house Dax can become a little agitated when he sees people walking past the windows or when he hears car doors closing and may bark until they have passed. This will require an owner to work with him to help him become more settled in the home environment.
Dax does suffer from Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD or OD) which is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the diseased cartilage separates from the underlying bone. As Dax suffers with this condition Dax qualifies for the Society’s Food and Veterinary Treatment Fund. This fund allows the Society to cover costs of pre-existing conditions once a dog has been re-homed. This means we will cover costs for vet treatment if the dog has a condition before it comes to stay with you. In this case we will covers costs relating to Dax’s OCD within reason.
Despite Dax’s quirks he is a very loving dog who will make a wonderful companion. He just needs someone who understands the breed and has the experience to help Dax build his confidence up. He loves to be in your company and ideally would love company most of the time, however he is used to being left for short periods at a time.