Fosters is a Collie/ Australian Shepherd mix.
He enjoys "hearding" the other pups and kitties around and watching over them
He's always gentle though and we have thoroughly trained him to avoid any problems. He has a sit/stay and also a freeze command that we use whenever we feel as if he's getting a little too rowdy "hearding" his friends. That rarely happens though- but every once in a while we'll use it. When we do- he freezes and goes into the sit/stay position. Works really well to calm everyone down
Boarder collies and dogs similar to that breed have a strong hearding instinct- some will even nip at legs and heels to get the other animals to herd. (not a good thing with smaller animals such as kitties!) so while he's young- definitely go ahead and start training him- make sure you establish yourself as the pack leader and the dominate one. I definitely suggest "Dogs for Dummies" and "Puppies for Dummies" - those books are AWESOME guides with tons of usefull information- there are also other great books out there that have excellent tips for training. It also might not be a bad idea to go to obedience school with him till he's trained
(many times it's a few weeks worth of sessions- about 5-6 weeks once a week for about $10 a session- it is well worth it!
) Between that and those books you should have your pup following your commands in no time and reduce his tendency to heard. He might always have that instinct to heard - it's natural for them- but with training you can teach him what is allowed and what is not and you can also get him to sit/ freeze when he gets a bit rowdy or you see a behavior you dislike
I'm definitely a big fan of training. I have an 11 (soon to be 12) year old Wolf mix. Since she is 1/2 wolf- we started training her at an extremly young age to attempt to rule out potential problems
Ginger has done well with training. / Right now we also have two other pups staying with us (a friend was rehoming them so we took them both in and are keeping one and rehoming another with a close friend - both excellent pups.) I am constantly working with the two new pups to train them well so that when Brownie goes to his new home he will have great manners, and so that Digger also behaves well in our home
PM me if you want any info or anything and i'll try and help ya!