Hi everyone, my name's Magnus. I'm a beautiful but very complex boy looking for experienced new owners who have a good understanding of us Collies and our minds who can help me channel my energy in a positive direction and guide me on my next adventure in life. I arrived at the centre as a stray so nothing is known about my background but it quickly became clear to my friends here that I've missed out on large amounts of important socialising that all young pups should have. I am very wary of new people, it takes me time to build up a relationship of trust with anyone new but more so men than women and my wariness does mean that I can react to people that I see out and about. Once I have built a bond with someone, I am extremely loving and loyal and my friends here describe me as a big softy, I love to have lots of cuddles with my handlers and think I'm a (very big) lap-dog at times! I do have very strong chase instincts - this includes traffic, birds, helicopters and anything that moves quickly - I am told I take my handlers by surprise at times with my quick reactions to chasing things! I'm also a very strong boy, so it's really important my new owners have the knowledge and strength to be able to control me when out on walks so we don't get ourselves into any trouble. I can sometimes react to other dogs when I'm out but my friends think this is more out of frustration, I have a few lady friends that I play really nicely off lead with but as with everything else I need to continue learning manners in this department when out on my walks. Due to the numerous hurdles I have to overcome I will need to be rehomed locally so my friends here can spend lots of time with my new owners and be available for ongoing support once I am rehomed. It's a mystery to my friends as to what has happened to me in my past but my friends say that I have a lot of fear in me, especially when it comes to anything new or unfamiliar, and this is why I bark at things, I'm just super scared if I'm being honest and trying to make things go away so I really need that experienced Collie person/s to show me that everything isn't as scary as I first think. I'm such a lovely young boy and have tonnes of potential if given the right guidance, like I said, I really am a big cuddle monster deep down! I am looking for an ADULT ONLY home with no visiting children and a home in a RURAL location away from any busy roads, unfortunately I am very sound sensitive so even hearing traffic can trigger a reaction from me. I could possibly live with a well adjusted female dog of similar size that wouldn't mind a boisterous playmate. I am unable to live with cats, small furries or livestock. The team are working hard with me daily to desensitise me to traffic, strangers and other dogs/animals but it's very important my new owners understand that I need large amounts of patience, consistency and positive experiences with all of the above but given the time and love my handlers think I will really blossom and be a fantastic dog for someone.
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