Willow

Extensive support
  • Border Collie
  • 4 years
  • Female
  • Admitted November 2021
  • Ref:132813

Willow is doing well with her training to become more comfortable around dogs, traffic, and people, which her new family will need to continue. However, she has bitten in the past, when she has become overwhelmed and her training plan wasn't followed.

Support and Health

How much training will I need?

Extensive support
Willow is doing well with her training to become more comfortable around dogs, traffic, and people, which her new family will need to continue. However, she has bitten in the past, when she has become overwhelmed and her training plan wasn't followed.

Can I be left alone?

Yes
She can be left at home on her own for a full working day once settled and is fully housetrained.

Do I have any medical conditions?

Existing conditions
Willow has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia, which will require some management in her new home.

Who I can live with

Can I live with dogs?

No

Can I live with cats?

Yes

Can I live with small pets?

Yes

Additional information

Willow cannot live with other dogs and will become overwhelmed and bark if they come too close when out on a walk, however, her ongoing training is helping her to be more comfortable. On occasion, she has successfully met a few dogs briefly, so in the right environment we hope this may continue. We will support her new family in continuing her training in this area. She can live with cats and smaller securely caged pets.

Family and environment

What kind of family am I looking for?

Willow needs to live in an adult-only home, with no visiting children and minimal visitors due to her ongoing training needs. She is affectionate with those that she knows but is very wary of new people and requires careful introductions.

What type of environment would suit me?

Willow is looking for a quiet edge of village or rural area where she will not see too many dogs on her walk or traffic due to her training needs. A 6ft fenced private garden is essential to allow her some freedom to play as she will not be allowed off the lead on her walks but enjoys walking on a longline allowing some play and exploring.

About Willow

Willow is very sweet and loves to be on the sofa having a cuddle once she trusts you and her new family will find that this will come with time. She loves to sit by you while you're working and could happily suit someone who works from home and wants an office helper. She is a collie and enjoys learning but she's also happy to take it easy and relax in the home.


Willow enjoys being active but games have to be adapted to suit her medical conditions as she will keep going otherwise and cause herself harm. Whilst she enjoys walks, what she really needs is time and interaction with someone so can be managed with fun and imaginative activities at home if needed. We have been playing some ball games with her as she loves them but also doing a lot of scent work, to keep her brain occupied with games that are not overly physically demanding. She loves to learn and although she can't do flyball or agility, other training activities can be explored such as Sheep ball, which we have started with her here.


Things to note

Multiple visits in quick succession to our Godmanchester site are essential to help her make friends and we can show you the ongoing training we have started.

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