Meet Ash the Australian Shepherd mix! He is almost 8 months old now and full of energy. He is looking for a new home capable of giving him the mental and physical stimulation he needs. He is neutered and up to date on all of his vaccinations. He has lots of energy and loves to sprint around in the park. He has had a great, happy life, and received some training and socializing. Training-wise, he is 100% potty trained. He has also mastered "Heel", "Sit", "Stay", "Leave it", "Shake", "Put 'er there" (high five), "Down", and "Off". He is incredibly smart, and even a little bit stubborn. He even knows how to open doors. We have purchased several mentally stimulating toys, and those work well (for a little while) to keep his mind occupied. He has always been a little skittish around other dogs (shies away with his tail between his legs), especially with bigger dogs. We are happy to say he has gotten way more comfortable and will run around with bigger dogs at the park, with only a little bit of hesitation. He requires exercise first thing in the morning and then again later in the day, or he gets bored and destructive. Note: he is not destructive when we're not home – only when he is trying to get our attention or act out because he's not getting his way (a trip to the park at that very second is our guess). We learned that the hard way – we have gone through a couple pillows, and the corner of the rug in our living room is chewed up. If he has the appropriate amount of activity though, he is great and sleeps most of the day. He has appointed himself the job of guarding our apartment. We have sliding glass doors, and he sits in front of them for hours at a time, occasionally barking at neighbors that walk by too quickly. He is not crate trained. We tried initially, and he hated it. So as soon as he was potty trained, we started leaving him out in the apartment, even when we leave. He also sleeps in our bed most nights. He has a very cute way of letting us know he's ready to get up in the morning – repeatedly putting one paw down on the bed by our faces. When we go on walks, he has to be in the back to make sure everyone is accounted for. :) He loves to lick our faces when we get home. He's great with people – very enthusiastically greeting them. He hasn't been around children very often, but on occasions where he has encountered kids at the park, he has been friendly. I'm not sure about him being in a home with young kids because of his lack of serious exposure and his energetic nature, however. He is incredibly cute, and we know he will make someone who is ready for the commitment very happy.