#687 Jesse, Male, 1 Year Old

Jesse is a 1 year + Border Collie Mix male. He was picked up as a stray in San Antonio, TX, without tags or a chip. No one attempted to claim him and he was released to Border Collie Rescue & Rehab and transported to foster care in the N. Dallas area. No other information about his past is known.

Tender and gentle and athletic, Jesse is 36 pounds, in good health, neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and microchipped. A sensitive soul, he is a little skittish, sometimes only for a few seconds, sometimes it takes a little longer for him to be comfortable with new people, dogs, and environments. He loves people, wants to be near (and snuggle when he’s comfortable!). He enjoys curling up on the sofa and sleeping in your bed once he is comfortable being near you.

After he is comfortable with another dog, he enjoys playing chase and tag, wrestling and running. Potentially an athletic pup, he is calm indoors and settles easily after exercise or excitement outdoors. He would do well in a home as an only dog but has adjusted well, and plays well, and seems to very much enjoy his foster family’s dog. His best dog friends would be non-alpha, VERY dog friendly, and probably female. He has not yet been exposed to groups of stranger-dogs (like at a dog park) as he personal confidence needs to improve before that is an appropriate environment for him. Confidence building is going to be key for his long-term happiness.

He has been exposed to children in public who have been allowed to approach and pet him. Because he is shy, he was docile. He has not been exposed to children running and playing. He has been exposed for brief moments to cats and has shown no interest or excitement.

Jesse is potty trained, does well in a crate, is learning house manners (what is and is not OK to play with), is learning sit, down, stay, off, leave it and no. He only barks when someone (people, animals, cars) approach the house. Jesse has a very sweet disposition. With proper handling he is a dream dog, easy to be with. ONLY positive reinforcement is absolutely necessary with him. Calling him off of unwanted behavior by enticing him with petting, treats, or toys is far more effective than scolding. His liquid gold-brown eyes, focused on you, indicating his willingness to please you will melt your heart. He’ll be easy to spoil, and is a lot of fun.

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