Our now 5mo kelpie pup, Billie, is doing well. She's been with us for 5 weeks now and I think we have now bonded well. I always underestimate how long that takes and what a difference it makes. The first couple of weeks she behaved like an overtired toddler lots of the time. She still does regularly, but she is far more able to chill. She is also very eager to please. I take her and Banjo to the off leash dog walking area every day and she is so very good. I'd say she now comes at least 9/10 when I call her. The only times she doesn't respond immediately is sometimes when she is chasing the magpies (Banjo taught her this, but I don't mind because they just fly to the nearest tree) or when she is barking in another dog's face. Something she is doing less often now. She prefers to annoy Banjo instead. But even in those situation, she'll come after the second call eventually. I haven't had to put her on the lead because of not trusting her recall in weeks.
She's a bit full on for poor Banjo. Probably partly her age and partly the breed. On walks I often have to interfere because she won't let Banjo walk two steps without attacking her hind legs or barking in her face. Some walks she's worse than others... She needs to learn to stop when another dog doesn't reciprocate her invitations to play. I'm not quite sure yet how to get that through to her. It may be something she'll grow out of too. Our current dog walking spot is great though, because I allow Banjo to go down the side of the hill to go check out the rabbit warren, while I stay at the top. Pup won't stray that far away from me, so Banjo gets some peaceful moments with her rabbits and pup and I get to walk along with just the 2 of us for a while until I have to call Banjo back.
She is much better at home, though at times can still be very annoying. She uses her crate as her safe spot. It's very cute to see her dash in there when she gets told off about stalking the cats. Also something she still does as if it's beyond her control to stop herself, but she can now chill on the bed with one or both cats lying right near her. Early mornings and dinner time are the worst as far as her annoying the cats go.
But she is getting easier to live with every day and is so incredibly cute. I love those puppy kisses! And her enthusiasm. I wasn't sure if I would ever get over that "this pup is such hard work and 50% annoying" feeling, but I have come to really appreciate her bubbly personality.
So far we've only had one inquiry about her and then that family found out that they would be moving to NT a week later, so nothing came from that. I'm keen to find her a good home and more confident that her needs aren't as full on as I thought they were. She would be ok in an ordinary family, provided that she gets walked every day (better twice a day, but I rarely get round to that), continue her training and that don't leave her alone during the day. She needs either doggy or human company. She may make an ok tradies dog. I'm confident that the right home will come along for her eventually. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy not having to say goodbye to her just yet.