Murphy is a beautiful 1.5 year old collie mix with the typical collie high levels of energy and intelligence. In spite of having no training or socialization in the first years of his life, Murphy has quickly learned many commands and good-dog behaviours in his foster home. He loves to play, and cuddle with the foster family dog, and takes cues from her in everything from squirrel-chasing to best methods of getting extra treats. Murphy is crate-trained and sleeps quietly all night in his crate, only crying to signal a need to go outside. He should also be crated when left alone in the house, as he will chew on inappropriate items. Murphy is extremely smart, and highly trainable, with a strong food drive. He would make an excellent agility or fly-ball dog as he has needs to be challenged both physically and mentally. Murphy spent the first year and a half of his life in his crate with no input, so the perfect family for him would understand that he doesn’t want to be left alone any more. His ideal family is one that will not leave Murphy alone for full days. He very much needs the connection of having someone close to him and it would not be good for his mental state to spend too much time alone. Murphy would also LOVE to have another playful dog in the house. Murphy alert-barks at the doorbell and if he sees or hears people near the house. This is easily stopped with a spray of water and he’s learning that a couple of barks are sufficient. He has quickly learned to heel on a short leash with a treat in your hand and his attention is amazing as long as there are no distractions. However, Murphy is over-reactive to other dogs, people, runners, bikers, etc and so he needs obedience training to learn more appropriate ways to channel his overwhelming excitement at everything he encounters in the world. His new family will have to be committed on training Murphy to be the very best he can be. Murphy is gentle and sweet, and will climb into your lap after a good day of exercise and games, to get some well-deserved cuddles.
Adoption Fee $400