Arrival Story: EEverything about the world is a delight to Echo. Outside, he never passes up a chance to splash in a puddle. He runs back and forth through the water in absolute delight! Show him a tub of water and he joyfully settles in for a soak! If it’s raining or snowing, he will dance on his hind legs with his mouth open to catch what is falling.
Echo lives on a farm and is wonderful with the horses, never snapping at them or going after them like many ACDs. The horses allow him to go around and under them, which they don't do with my other dogs. I even caught one licking the snow off his back this past winter! They obviously know he is a special boy!
All this happiness with the world comes despite the fact that Echo is deaf. Yup, he can't hear but he enjoys life like any other dog.
He is motivated and easily trained using treats and toys and also walks well on a leash. He is housebroken, crate-trained, and travels very well in a car. He gets along with other dogs, although he would be happiest as an only dog. We also think Echo will be safest with a fenced yard because he won’t hear you call him back to you.
Echo is a creature of habit. New situations can make him a little nervous. But he is gentle and loving, smart, as active as you would expect an ACD to be, but not particularly athletic. He could thrive with an experienced ACD owner, a steady routine with lots of exercise, a fenced-in yard and people who like to stay home and work outside in the yard or barn all day.