I love the sound of Koolies but I'm not sure they'd fit me, or Jackson. The reason he has liked the BC's he's been around is because they tend to be respectful of his space, no body slamming, just chase-type games, etc. Not real rough (he hates most bully type's for this reason). He doesn't like being pawed at or jumped on. I also get annoyed by real jumpy type dogs, dogs who get on the counters, etc, and I know a lot of this is a training issue, but it kind of seems like a Koolie thing? lol... correct me if I'm wrong. How do you think Nia would react? Those of you with Koolies, how is their play style with other dogs, specifically smaller dogs?
Traveler is flat out in love with any small dog he meets. He lays down the ground and rolls over onto his back in front of them, play bows, crawls around them and does everything in his power to make them pay attention to him. But, he's remarkably gentle with them....when he's not peeing on them. He has a thing for peeing on small dogs.
Strange dogs he's more of a run, dance around, bark at and chase kind of dog. But, sometimes he gets the right dog and they get into hardcore wrestling. One of Nina's dogs (she has Rue the Coolie) has that relationship with Traveler, they wrestle with each other the whole time. Honestly, Traveler adjusts his play style pretty well other than being insistent on some sort of play happening.
Didgie is....Didgie. Overall she's not that interested in strange dogs but attaches very quickly to dogs if I hang around them. So people I go for walks with, their dogs even if they hadn't met before, become her best friends and she harasses them by barking, running at them and then running away. I think some of that though has to do with growing up with Traveler.
Traveler and Didgie? Well, right now Traveler is on his back and Didgie's on top of him while they growl and bite eachother.
Left to their own devises it's knock down, drag out play fighting. They body slam, bite, dive, chase and bark each other. Didgie has a thing about biting Traveler's back legs and pulling on them. But again, they like to play like that so having them together just means it's constantly encouraged by eachother. Here's a video of them last year at the dog park playing.
As far as being on things? Yeah, they do like to do that. But, it is a training issue at the end of the day. But, if left to choose mine do pick the top of the crate, the window sill, the back of the couch, the table to sleep and be on.