By Helen Hartel
Collin, a Manchester Terrier mix, is approximately eight years old. He came to the shelter as a stray. He is small with a compact, muscular body and a high-spirited personality.
Collin is an interesting combination of skills and untrained behavior. He knows “sit” but pulls when on leash. He is hyper vigilant when in the yard but relaxed and cozy when in the shelter’s “real room”.
Here are some things you should know about Collin:
- He loves to curl up with his person when indoors.
- When in the real room, he does not urinate, although other dogs have left their mark on some wooden furniture.
- His small size allows him to be easily controlled while on a leash.
- He watches intently and barks when he sees other dogs on the shelter grounds.
- He is treat motivated but not a gentle treat taker.
Many of Collin’s behaviors are typical of his breed. Manchester Terriers are known to be extremely lively, sporty, alert, keen and vigilant. They thrive on attention and need leadership from their human. Without enough exercise and mental stimulation, they become hyper and bark excessively. They very much enjoy being with people.
Since living at the shelter, Collin is walked several times a day, has lots of play yard time and runs on the treadmill for about twelve minutes, but this is not enough for him. He just isn’t afforded enough one on one people time. The shelter environment is, without a doubt, a stressful place for him.
Collin would do well in an apartment as long as he gets daily walks and/or treadmill time. Many of the shelter volunteers are trained on how to introduce a dog to the treadmill and would be pleased to teach you how to successfully do so at home. He is a fast runner and probably would enjoy exercising alongside a bicycle. If an individual living in a home adopts him, the fencing cannot be chain link because athletic Collin can scale it.
Collin has a big, engaging personality and the right person will get a lot of pleasure spending time with him. He would be best suited to live with high energy individual or family without young children.
To adopt Collin, request A4788504. The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov