Jack-in-the-Pulpit (now Jackpot) - an Ivy/Rudy pup:
Jack is so smart that after five days at my house he runs for the back door. My yard is rather complicated with three outbuildings plus the house and two car ports, but it was a breeze for Jack. I was both surprised and impressed.
On Sunday we went to a local park and Jack did very well. He met a small group of people at the swings/play area and was happy to go up to them and to the small girl, but in the end preferred to relax at my feet. I looked down and it dawned on me how the situation played out and was very pleased. He followed me all over the park. Of course, I know that this is because he is a baby and once he gets a few months old he will venture off more, but if he ended up being one of those dogs that stuck with their owner off property, I would be very, very happy.
At the park I tested him a bit. My two female BC’s are scared of the swings moving. It really freaked them out as puppies. So much so that to this day they avoid the swings. So, with Jack, I swung the swing (with nobody in it) and he just stood there. At one point he jumped up and probably would have played with it. Good Jack! Also, the round and round thing didn’t bother him either. I didn’t have him ON it, just standing beside it while it went round and round. These are just two things I did to test him a bit; there were more but I can’t think of them now. Suffice it to say that I was very pleased.
and at 6 mo:
I have got to tell you, my husband and I REALLY LIKE THIS DOG!!!! At six months of age he can sleep where ever he wants to at night since he is totally housetrained (knock on wood). He doesn't really bother things that aren't his (of course, we keep off limit items picked up), but I haven't had any problems. His training is coming along very well and even though we have had some interupptions, just tonight he heeled around with me so beautifully and I had to write and tell you how pleased I am with him and how he just takes to the training. All of the foundation work we put in with him is really paying off. We are starting to build the second and third layer of foundation into his training. Like adding WAIT and STAY.
Of all of the dogs, Jack is the best and his calm, even temperment is what I was looking for combined with the smarts of a herding dog.
Jack at 6 weeks
....and all grown up.