Collie & Cattle Dog & Lab, oh my!

I don’t remember how much I’ve really, properly talked about Charley since he arrived…so this is a Charley post!

Charley was a bit of a state when he arrived.

He played like a crazy dog (we thought he was Collie x Lab, and he played like a Husky / Australian Cattle Dog, it was insane to watch!), he was mental around cars, he pulled like a steam train, he was crazy-obsessed with fetch, and he didn’t understand to potty outdoors.

Within the first day we realised he almost definitely had some Australian Cattle Dog in him, in part because of his looks but also due to his behaviour. A couple of weeks later and the online checker (obviously very inaccurate, but still haha!) agreed XD

He got very excited around visitors (our friend comes over weekly and my parents visited) and couldn’t settle even if they were here several hours, and thanks to his behaviour on lead and around cars he was A NIGHTMARE to walk.

Fast forward a month and a half and this little crazy dude has wormed his way into our hearts 😉


Fetch is being used as a way to work on impulse control, and to exercise him as he no longer goes on walks. He now knows over ten cues, him and Sasha have got a really beautiful play style, and we’re directing his extreme herding instincts into flirt pole fun.

He’s gotten less intense with his loving (before he would force his face into yours, fall against or on top of you etc) and is learning to settle around the house. He shares toys brilliantly, has gotten used to Trip-bun who recently moved from our spare room to our living room, and now that he doesn’t have walks we’ve noticed he is much happier and calmer in general.

(big pups doing a down stay in front of Trip)

A huge example of how much calmer zero walks has made him, is with people coming over. Our friend was here for about 4 hours yesterday; Charley said hello politely, played fetch, and settled. That was all he did. A few weeks back this would have been unimaginable!

Kasper, of course, hates Charley. But Kasper hates everyone other than Tolly, and he only just tolerates her XD

We have an easy system rotating Kasper between free roaming in the kitchen, the entirety of upstairs, and the living room when the other pups are elsewhere. Charley is the only dog (currently) that would actively fight back with Kasper…before it would just be Kasper snarking and the other dog getting scared.

You might think with no walks, Charley is bouncing off the walls…he is a medium energy dog, and only 7 months old, but SO EASY to manage 🙂

We start the day with garden fun to toilet, then he plays with Sasha. We have a nice long game of indoor fetch with some training mixed in, then he usually settles with a non-edible chew…buffalo horn, antler, Nylabone etc.

After that he either falls asleep around the house or in his crate. Once awake we’ll do some training or scent work with kibble, play some more fetch, and he’ll chew himself to sleep again. Add a few more play sessions with Sasha and him being left if we go out, and that’s it…incredibly easy on all 🙂

Some photos. Yesterday his favourite toy was mysteriously torn apart. Red Alien was only with us for about a week, but he was Charley’s all-time favourite toy, and quickly became crusty and spitty from all the love…RIP Red Alien!!

Charley has a new Envy collar. He looks so handsome in it ^__^


He had milk on his face in this photo…my bf accidentally knocked over a pint of milk and it was dripping into Charley’s crate, Charley realised this and ran in to try catch the drops XD




4 thoughts on “Collie & Cattle Dog & Lab, oh my!

    • He’s such a weirdo haha! Which means he fits in here perfectly XD I’ve never had a dog that legit did better with no walks before, so it feels bizarre. I was coming to that decision for a few days, but kept putting it off because every dog needs a daily walk, right?! But nope, he’s doing so much better now 🙂

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