In addition to being, we feel, exceptionally pretty to look at, Cloud is also a workaholic. A week without at least one visit to the training grounds will have Cloud's long nose rather out-of-joint, and the whole of him frequently playing chase with the cat in an effort to bother the boredom. Ambitious, attentive and eager to please, he sets about his tasks.
Although many humans tend to forget that collies are working dogs, collies never do. Prewired to achieve, Cloud would probably be happiest following in the footsteps of some of his outstanding and renowned American service dog ancestors at Kings Valley Collies and moving blind and/or handicapped human beings here, there or elsewhere ... but sports and obedience training and sundry competitions of that nature will simply have to serve as displacement activities, given the limits to his human family's energies. Beginning with light "work" at organized puppy groups at our local dog club, the humans of our family can now say with relative confidence that we understand what we should be doing so that Cloud does that which we want him to do. We've got the moves and the commands down now ... and he is quite pleased with us. On the whole. As for Cloud, the animal has shown exceptional will-to-please in all training sessions.
Unfortunately, the ill health of the female version of his two-leggers stopped his training within but two short weeks of his "BH" (German Traffic Safety title - includes on and off leash obedience as well as temperament test). Spring of 2005 saw us back at training again and April 24th had Cloud finally breezing (or was it dancing?) to his certificate with a great score of 57 out of 60 possible points.
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