I know I have talked about this in the past (but don't ask which blogs as I'm terrible remembering!). Taking Teach (and now Tucker too) every where with us is always fun. It lets people see what good dogs Collies are and also lets people know there is another variety out there (the Smooth).
Of course we gets lots of questions with them ... is he shaved, is he part greyhound, is he part German Shepherd. And I always think back to this saying from Cafe Press:
|I'm going to have to get me one of these shirts!|
I always tell people that yes he is a Collie. He's just like Lassie only no hair. That seems to make sense to them.
Another part of why we get attention (besides our looks) is they are very well trained. (well Tucker is working on it!) I can put Teach anywhere for a picture and he will stay there for me. People see that and often compliment us on our abilities. For the past year I have taken the route of positive pet training and even signed up for several online classes at the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy. We have learned a lot of valuable information from there and will continue as the +R (positive reinforcement) community grows.
It has paid off for both of my dogs. Even Tucker is coming along quickly.
|You get farther by being positive than you do being negative!|
Most importantly having a well trained dog makes them more enjoyable to be around and have around other people. Sometimes I do think I have easier than some because by nature the Collie is a smart, gentle breed who wants nothing more than to please its people.
Thanks to the hosts of this Blog Hop, Cascadian Nomads, Dachshund Nola, and Tenacious Little Terrier.