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About River

  • River is a 1 year, 6 mo. old Australian Cattle Dog & Border Collie in Minneapolis, MN

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About River

Hi, I’m River! I’m a sweet, super smart Border Heeler. I love sniffing everything and anything, and even though my mom gets annoyed that I just can’t stay focused on one thing for a long period of time, she knows it’s just who I am! I love running and playing with other doggy friends, and if you have a dog park nearby or - even better - a fenced-in yard, your house would be my paradise! I do wander, so my mom always tells me I can’t go on walks or outside the house without my leash. My favorite game to play is keep-away, but I also really like performing and learning new tricks. I already know sit, stay, down, shake, and roll over. Right now, I’m working on “off”, because mom doesn’t like when I jump up on new people friends or put my paws on the counter. Even though I’m stubborn, I like to be nearby people even if I’m not cuddling. A good belly rub once and a while is perfect for me!

  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 1 year, 6 mo. old
  • Weight: 45lbs
  • Breed: Australian Cattle Dog & Border Collie
  • Tracking Chip: No
  • Neutered: Yes
  • House Trained: Yes
    He is pretty good about barking or “talking” by the door if he really has to go. Usually needs to be let out every 3-5 hours on weekends - but during the work week we are gone for 8 hours a day so he has held it before.
  • Gets along with children: Yes
    River hasn’t been around children directly, but his temper is good natured when we’ve walked by them on the street or met them in public parks.
  • Gets along with other dogs: Yes
    River is a super playful pup, he has never shown aggression at the dog park to any dog he meets. He does bark when a dog doesn’t seem interested in playing with him, but that’s just out of his frustration for always wanting a new friend. He nips at the heels when he plays with other dogs (his herding nature), but can always be discouraged by a couple of barks or growls.
  • Gets along with cats: No
    As far as we know, he’d like to chase any and every cat he sees.

Special Requirements

He is very high energy! We’ve learned that feeding him half of each meal in his green, treat-releasing ball is great mental stimulation for him, and then the other half is just eaten out of the bowl. We also go by the “nothing in life is free” policy with him; sit, shake, down, etc. before any kind of activity like going outside, getting his bone or meal.