Hello everyone. Nice to meet you. The breeder I got Ethel from is fabulous and I can ask her anything anytime. However, I don't want to keep bugging her and I like the idea of being part of an online community sharing ideas and experiences anyway. So. I'm 4 weeks into introducing my pedigree CC show champ pup Ethel to my multi-dog household. The two lads (9 and 11) are slowly coming round, though I hoped they would have been firmer with her than they have been - a bit scared). Sometimes I feel like I have to apologise for going down the show route, but I live in the suburbs and my past farm collie didn't fair as well as he would've in the country, though he was 17 when I lost him. I got Ethel at 8 weeks and she's now 12 weeks. I don't know if she's starting to display herding behaviours or whether she's just playing at the moment? When Eddie (the adult b/w below runs after the ball) she takes the sheepdog posture then lies down, no movement, just watching him. On his return with the ball she's up and heading for him like a bullet. When she gets to him she grabs his mane. Dog training is in a paddock at a farm. She is initially scared of other dogs, pulling back, but after tentatively meeting and greeting, she's their best friend, if not becoming too boisterous. The trainer has three sheep. Ethel ran over to the fence, ultra confident and so happy to be playing with them through the fence, nothing else mattered. On her first road walk she was too keen to run after a jogger (tail wagging and happy noises) and one car, though to be fair, about 50 passed on the walk. Finally, water. She loves the hosepipe. I had to give her a first shower this morning due to fox poo. Despite lots of hot dogs and making the shower fun, she yelped the way through it and couldn't wait to get off the shower tray. p.s. I signed up with my real name. Does anyone know if I can change it to Chris Mc for a little more privacy?