Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted January 15, 2015
Bentley, my mother-in-law's Shetland sheepdog mix, is a very sweet and energetic dog. If it were up to him, he would stay outside almost all the time. He especially loves it when the temperature drops a bit and that thick coat of his comes in handy. He is incredibly intelligent and responds to a variety of commands. He picks up on new training techniques very quickly. However, his eagerness to please and high energy cause him to rush through many of his tricks or mix some things up. He needs exercise and play almost constantly, but does a great job of entertaining himself in the backyard. He loves to play fetch with any kind of toy.
He gets along well with his doggie cousins and sister, but acts very erratically around strange dogs and strange people. He is normally very upbeat and happy appearing, but can get in funks where he does not want to play and will seem to be moping, or will become very nervous and skittish for no apparent reason.
Overall, Bentley is a loving, intelligent, and active pet. His thick coat of hair does require regular brushing and the occasional grooming trip. Nothing out of the ordinary for vet costs.