Australian Shepherd & Border Collie Rescue
Our Fosters
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Stella
Marley
George
Storm
Rowdie
Mac
Lucky
Jazzy
Riggs
Jeffrey
Butch
Bodie
Astro
Zander
Zeta
Zorie
Copper
Buddy
Sasha

Barkin' Dogs - Australian Shepherds & Border Collies

Thanks to the help of our wonderful foster parents, we at Barkin' Dogs are happy to have several fosters which are anxiously waiting to find their forever home - a home where they'll offer their undying love to everyone in their new family.

On the left are pictures of all that we currently have available. Look them over, read about each one, then contact us to arrange viewings. Before you know it, you'll be smiling proudly as you show others the new addition to your family.


Australian Shepherds (Aussies): The Australian shepherd is a breed of a herding dog that was developed on ranches in western North America. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, acquired their name because some were used to herd Australian sheep. The breed rose gradually in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War I. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and through Disney movies made for television.

For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their versatility and trainability. While they continue to work as stockdogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and drive, and usually needs a job to do. In addition to dog sports, they are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs.

Border Collies: Border Collies are very intelligent and aware of their surroundings. They are able to be trained to a high degree. This is one of the hardest working dogs thriving on praise. Border Collies are represented among the leaders in competitive levels in various sports, excelling in agility skills, obedience, sheepdog trials and Frisbee (TM). For those who wish to reach high levels in dog sports, the Border Collie is a gift from heaven.

The Border Collie is highly energetic with great stamina. Provided they gets sufficient activity to keep them occupied and ample exercise, the Border Collie will get along quite happily with other dogs, and children, however they may be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex if you are not showing 100% leadership with them. There are plenty of Border Collies that live and get along with family cats; but please test them first. This breed can be sensitive and should be very well socialized as a puppy to prevent shyness. To be truly happy, they need a lot of consistent leadership, extensive daily exercise, and a job to occupy their minds. Border Collies will often challenge their owners authority when they are adolescents. Dominance levels vary greatly even within the same litter. You need to be this dogs firm, confident, consistent pack leader, or he may try to take over. If you allow them to take over, without enough socialization and mental and physical exercise, they can be highly reactive and sound sensitive, making them a poor choice for families with young children.

They are perfectionist with a permanent will to please. This breed lives for serving you day in and day out. They are not ideal pets for people who have no plans to spend a lot of time with them. These dogs are too intelligent to lie around the house all day with nothing to do. If you are not willing to put many hours a day into keeping these dogs well exercised in both mind and body, than it is recommended you do not adopt a Border Collie. When not challenged daily they can and will become destructive. They cannot be left alone for too long with nothing to do if they have not been exercised to the point where they are both mentally and physically tired. A bored Border Collie will not make a good pet, as they can become neurotic and may start using their escape artist talents, among other behavior problems. They have strong herding instincts and may try to herd children and strangers and must be told this is not acceptable.

Adopting a Rescue Dog Front Cover
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