Jamie is about 7 months old now. With my husband gone on a long deployment and living in a new state, Jamie is really my only companion. His insecurity hasn't improved much. I think he might be too dependent on me. He seems to have some typical Sheltie anxieties: fans, moving air, moving vehicles. He is also timid about loud noises, birds in the backyard, car rides, and barking dogs.
Despite his occasional fears, I'm amazed by how well Jamie and I communicate. He's seven months old but I can already take him to the beach, let him off the leash and have absolutely no worries about him running off into danger. I never really had to train him to return to me when called. He just does. I would never try it around cars or somewhere without a fence, but I'm happy I can give him my trust. I've also taught him to heel in one practice. I didn't want him to run ahead of me to the back door when I was bringing him inside, so I would stop and point to the space right next to me. He would come right back and wait until I started walking again. After two days, he now stays right by my side! They really are a very smart breed.
And he's starting to look very fluffy!
I was shocked to look over and catch Dexter and Jamie like this:
Dexter's face is definitely saying "Mom, honestly what the hell do you want?"
Dexter and Logan are my feline furbabies. They are littermates but complete opposites.
Jamie is my adorable Sable Merle