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Please contact Amy/Fran for more information on Bentley5 Month Old Male (Rochelle, IL)

March 19

Bentley had his check-up at the vet yesterday and was adored by everyone there. The techs all loved on him. The other “parents” in the waiting room couldn’t resist him as he walked over and sat at their feet. The 7-month-old pup in the waiting room wrestled and played with him for 10 minutes. The vet commented that Bentley’s personality will get him adopted quickly. It was a huge success! Couple that with no potty accidents while we were there and a super chill car ride there and back, I don’t know that the trip could’ve been more perfect.

Bentley accompanied my dogs to agility class this weekend and, although he’s a dream for the car ride, he was not nearly as happy to watch everyone else play while he sat in a crate. He quietly chewed on a rawhide between runs, but wanted to bark whenever dogs were on the course. Between classes, we visited PetSmart where he met all kinds of people. Kids were some of his favorite kinds of people, but he is a mouther at this point so it will be important to supervise interactions carefully and teach kids not to allow – let alone encourage – that behavior. My dog took a stuffed toy off the shelf and Bentley thought that was the greatest toy ever invented. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mVqVhOB5Uyc) He carried it around the store for 20 minutes and got everyone to play with him. Don’t worry, we paid for it ๐Ÿ™‚ Bentley seems to like plush toys the best, and he isn’t much of a destroyer. My older boys destroy toys much more than Bentley does!

Potty training is going really well. Last week, when Bentley started peeing on the floor, he just continued peeing as I yelled “No!” and clapped my hands. Last night, I waited a bit too long to take him outside and he started peeing on the floor but, as soon as I yelled “No!”, he stopped and ran downstairs to the door. We’ve progressed from going out every 30 minutes to every 45 without an accident (last night’s accident was an hour between potty breaks), but he sleeps 8 hours through the night and is crated for 6 hours during the work day without incident. Heโ€™s starting to understand that my dogs donโ€™t all want to play like he does, but we still need to intervene often with โ€œShe said no, Bentley.โ€ He knows sit and is working on down, drop it, and leave it. Very important commands for a puppy who puts EVERYthing in his mouth! ๐Ÿ™‚

March 14

Bentley is a 5-month-old neutered male who we’re pretty sure isn’t purebred, but he definitely has a lot of Border Collie in him. He came to us from a shelter in Kentucky without much of a back story, but he’s super social and incredibly stable for as young as he is. In the 48-hours he’s been here, we’ve learned that he loves toys, is a snuggler, and travels like a dream. He rested 99% of the 7-hour drive without making a peep and quickly pottied at every stop. He is still losing his baby teeth so there’s lots of chewing going on, and he’s still potty-training but that’s going very well. He’s only had one piddle accident since he arrived 2 days ago, but we are going outside often and having potty parties every time he goes.

Bentley has met all the dogs in my pack (6 Border Collies – one of them a mix – ranging in age from 2 to 15), and the biggest problem is that Bentley wants to play WAY more than any of them do. He uses his great big paws to “slap” at the other dogs, alternating with play bows and head rolls. They had a blast playing outside yesterday (quick video of Bentley and my 2-year-old wrestling)! When my dogs tell him they’re done playing, he persists, so we ended up leashing him in the house last night in order to manage the interactions. When there are no other dogs or toys to play with, Bentley throws a little puppy tantrum for a minute or two, then lays down and rests. He’s a very sweet boy with lots of puppy energy! If you have energy to match his, he would love to meet you!