Floyd is a 2-year-old, owner surrendered, pure-bred border collie with performance potential or for someone looking for a very active companion who loves to play. He is a frisbee fanatic and has also shown great potential for agility. Additionally, he loves to play hide-and-seek with his toys, giving him potential for a nose-work career or gamer. In addition to his amazing work/play qualities, Floyd is also a great companion, affectionate, very intelligent, gets along with other dogs, quick learner, knows basic commands, recalls beautifully.
On the flip side…Floyd can be very intense, high energy and hyperactive. He needs both exercise and mental stimulation daily. To address his physical needs, his current daily routine includes a couple rounds of frisbee or fetch (he loves a ball almost as much as a frisbee), a long run in the woods and unlimited independent play in his three-acre playpen with his other canine companions; he also gets to play hide-and-seek and receive behavioral training for his brain work.
Unfortunately, Floyd was confined to a crate as a puppy, in a garage where power tools were being used. Because of this, he developed significant obsessive-compulsive behaviors to noises. To help him with his related anxieties he is taking calming supplements and his foster mom is working on desensitizing him using redirection techniques. He is showing great progress! He is beginning to exhibit normal play behaviors; is showing less reactivity to some noise triggers; and, is now able to settle in for a night in front of the fire with his foster parents. (Even then you will periodically still find a frisbee or ball in your lap.) Floyd is a sound sleeper at night and at daylight loves to jump into bed and snuggle for a while before beginning another day.
Because of his ocd, Floyd will need an environment where noises can be managed to some extent and with people who are dedicated to continue desensitizing him to the noises that affect him. He also cannot be crated.
This beautiful boy is obviously not the dog for just anyone. We are looking for a very special placement for Floyd. He is a dynamic and loving boy that needs a committed companion. He will only be considered for adoption to a very experienced border collie or dog home, with preference to someone who has time, space and desire to work with him, be there for him and perhaps get him involved in performance activities, for hobby or competition. Will need to be able to provide lots of physical and mental activities; must understand and be able to manage his ocd and noise issues. He is also not fond of cats and has not been tested on other small animals. Because of his reactivity to some noises, he will not to adopted to a household with small children.
Floyd is being fostered by the Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue in Mineral, VA. Qualified persons only please. Floyd is neutered, up-to-date on vacinations, housebroken and on heartworm preventative. For additional information on Floyd contact his foster mom at firstname.lastname@example.org. or apply to adopt below.