|Duncan, CD,- CGN, RNMCL,- RACL, |
|Barked: Tue Dec 12, '06 12:59pm PST |
|Ouch! I feel as well that Shelties sure have gotten the short end of the stick on this post. As you can see, I own three, and would have no problem owning more, if I had the space!
They are extremely lovable, very smart, easy to train, but they they do have their problems, like any breed. They are sensitive. They do not do well with corrective, or negative training. They need only be told something once, and they listen. They are supposed to be standoffish to strangers, but should not be scared of them. If you are being calm and relaxed (sitting, laying down) they just come and sit with you. If you are up and being active, they are right there with you. They are like a shadow, or velcro dog. They do bark, but can be trained not to. They are excape artists, though, and they need to have a well fenced yard. They can get through the smallest holes!
I have the three shelties, Duncan is too friendly, much like a lab, and very smart. He is too worried about doing something wrong when we train! Lexi is a perfect in between, she is sensitive, but doesn't stress the way Duncan does, and she is a bit shy of strangers, but warms up quick. Mila, is the total opposite of the other two. Scared of strangers, extremely yappy, but trains well, and is excited to work.
They all have their differences, which comes in any breed. It depends on the breeder, and what they have been sociallized to, and what your lifestyle is.
Duncan was my first sheltie ever, and he was such a joy to have and work with, I got 2 more. I don't regret it at all, and I totally recommend anyone who is willing to train them, and work with them to get a sheltie! Not the energy of a border collie, but just as smart and just as enthusiastic.
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