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Please contact Amy/Fran for more information on HannahApprox. 7 Month Old Female (Rochelle, IL)

July 30

My experiment with noisy toys failed. She just wanted to chew on and destroy them. My own dogs, however, thought they won the lottery to have toys in the house that squeak, crinkle, and rattle so Hannah chased them while they played with the toys. She’s a smart girl who’s easily bored though so we’re having to get creative with ways to keep her occupied. She is pretty food-motivated, and she quickly figures out puzzles. Admittedly, I gave her our easiest one to start with, but it only took her 45 seconds to get her first treat out of it. The next puzzle I gave her was a bit harder, but she took even less time figuring it out.

She loves the dog park, too. One day this past week there were actually a few other dogs there (a standard Poodle, a Shepherd mix, and a big who-knows-what mix), and Hannah had a blast running around with them. At one point, she was running UNDER the Shepherd, nipping at its front legs. It was so weird, but they both seemed to be having fun so we didn’t intervene. My own dogs have left a couple small marks on Hannah (one on her nose, one on her cheek) as they’ve tried tempering her rude puppy exuberance. She’s persistent, I’ll give her that. Last night, we had our first kerfuffle with lots of noise and teeth-baring between Hannah and our dog who has personal space issues. This morning however, they were happily wrestling and play bowing so the tension doesn’t last.


Hannah went on a little field trip to a local pet-friendly store this weekend, and was fantastic. She greeted everyone who glanced at her. Although I had to step on the leash to keep her from jumping at first, she did finally stay seated at their feet. Yesterday on our walk, she met strangers at 3 different times and, with each introduction, she jumped up less and less. She’s a pushy little thing who will try to get away with the rudest of behaviors if you show any hesitation, but she is starting to respond to the consistency of rules. Every once in a while though she tests the waters again just to make sure the rule hasn’t changed. For example, the first couple days she was here, she was told under no uncertain terms that she is not allowed to jump up on our bed. She hasn’t done it again … until yesterday when she tried it 3 different times. Today, she hasn’t. Hannah will need absolute consistency from everyone in the household or she will run it. She is in no way a soft dog who recoils when corrected. She comes right back with full ambition. I’ll say it again: Hannah needs a strong leader!

I gave her the last dose of her ear medicine yesterday and had my phone nearby to document what a great dog she is when she’s not challenging the rules or running amok. I apologize for the angle & lighting, but you can still see how much she loves & trusts people. https://youtu.be/43Dg5XqOB3U She is an amazing dog with a ton of potential who will be worth all the effort her family puts into her!

July 25

By her 5th day here, Hannah embraced her crate. She voluntarily laid down in her crate to rest (for the count of 3; she is a puppy after all) and she put herself to bed that night. When she doesn’t go in on her own, we don’t have to ask her twice. She also runs right to HER crate when we have to leave. The first few days, she was a bit confused and would go into another dog’s crate – even if there was already another dog in it. You can see her in action here: https://youtu.be/T4cTDDrywXE We’re still working on waiting to exit the crate instead of bolting as soon as the door opens, but we’re making progress! Same with the door to the outside. Hannah wants to go in and out every time it’s open.

She seems to be losing respect for my oldest dog – not in an aggressive way; in a pushy way. Hannah is determined Isabel should play with her even if Isabel is growling and snapping, telling her no. Hannah has knocked Isabel down a couple times this week with her demanding play style. She isn’t making much progress with jumping up on people either. Yesterday she split my lip open, jumping up into my face as I was buckling the backpack onto my dog to go for a run, and earlier this week she hit my mom’s chin so hard that my mom literally checked to make sure a tooth wasn’t knocked loose.

Hannah tagged along to our outdoor agility class last weekend and was so naughty, she had to sit next to the teacher. She jumped out of the x-pen when I walked away to run one of my dogs, and she later bolted after another dog who was running the course. She’s definitely triggered by motion! After 30 minutes of barking, twisting, turning, and pulling, the instructor decided Hannah was far too over-stimulated in that environment so I put her in a crate in the building until class was over. The good news is that, not only did Hannah jump into the car on her own for the first time after class, but she also slept for a few hours that afternoon!

Let’s go back to the pro side of Hannah. She has been very good for her ear drops and for cleaning out her ears. She was also very good for brushing and “not bad” for her nail trim. She was very wiggly, but nothing terrible. She doesn’t pull much on-leash, but I spend a lot of energy trying to stop her from zig-zagging and circling She’s quite a Border Collie in the way she moves.

On day 7 here, she finally played ball! She brought it back to us repeatedly for about 10 minutes then that was it. She hasn’t done it before or since. We throw it, and she just looks at us like, “Yeah? What else ya got?” She seems to prefer chew toys at this stage. She chews EVERYthing! She just casually chews whatever is next to her from the side of her mouth – cabinet door handles, couch cushions, chairs, table legs, baseboards… I feel like I’m redirecting her 90% of the day. The only thing she likes better than chewing is noise. She loves taking the metal food dishes and throwing them down the stairs or tossing smaller bones across our hardwood floors. I refuse to buy squeaky toys for my dogs, but I caved and bought one today for Hannah to see if I can engage her with a noisy toy that’s actually a toy.

July 15

Hannah is a gorgeous, approximately 7-months-old female. She was found in April but no one claimed her, and Hannah’s Border Collie energy was too much for the good Samaritan who found her so she sought out breed-specific rescue for Hannah to find a family who will help her reach her full potential.

Hannah LOVES other dogs. Introducing Hannah to her foster siblings (3 males and 3 females, ranging from 2-16 years old) was incredibly easy. Usually it takes several days of slow introductions, but Hannah only took a couple of hours. In fact, she barked incessantly in her crate until we moved her near my dogs’ crates. Typically we crate foster dogs separately to try limiting their bonding, but Hannah was miserable all by herself and we decided it wasn’t necessary to stress her out like that so, when we’re not at home or when we’re sleeping, she’s crated near her foster siblings. She has fantastic doggy social skills, reading cues and respecting others while still engaging them in play. She love, love, loves people, too, but doesn’t have as many social skills in that regard. She jumps up when she’s excited and doesn’t seem to have any idea what “off,” “no,” or “stop” means. In the 3 days she’s been here, she’s bruised my nose and cut my lip in her excitement. She’s not aggressive in the slightest; she’s the polar opposite of aggressive. We’re working on learning better ways to greet people. Today, after her vet visit to get up-to-date on vaccines and tests, she came to my office with me. I expected to bring her home within an hour or two after meeting a few people. She greeted people VERY nicely – to the point that I was asked if she was tired or just generally calm. (Ha! A young Border Collie? Calm!?!) Hannah then quietly played or napped under my desk for 5 hours. No accidents. No fidgeting. Just a sleepy girl who let me get a lot of work done.

We are working on potty training, too. She’s had one “real” accident (pooping in my dining room) but that was only her second day here, and she had really loose stool so I don’t hold it against her. Her only other accident was peeing on the front porch which I don’t even know I can count because technically we were outside. We go outside often and have potty parties every time she goes so she’s catching on quickly. The only other issue we’ve really noticed so far is chewing. Hannah has almost all of her adult teeth already so the chewing is more boredom and habit-based, but she’ll casually walk up to a piece of furniture and chew on it from the side. There are tons of chew toys laying around the house so we’ve been handing her one of those every time her teeth touch something they shouldn’t. Once she settles into our routine and we start giving her work to do, I’m certain these bad habits will be a thing of the past. Besides, she’s so stinkin’ cute that you can’t help but instantly forgive her!