The Australian Shepherd (nicknamed the “Aussie”) is a herding breed of dog that features in blue merle, red merle, black and red or a variety of other coat colors as well as either blue or brown eyes. The breed was largely developed in the United States during the 1800s despite their name, and they were first used for the primary reason of herding sheep.
Several of their more distinct traits can be their high level of versatility, intelligence and trainability – which all help in making the Australian Shepherd a frequent breed of dog for herding, movie and television roles, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, for search and rescue or as companions in active households.
The Australian Shepherd is legendary for their bold, alert and confident manner. They are generally shy around visitors, which often means they are fairly unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Australian Shepherd is also known to be highly intelligent – though only ranks equal 42nd compared to other dogs in terms of their capability to be trained obedience instructions. They are additionally well-known to be great with children who they may often try to herd without proper training – which means they are quite suitable as a family pet. The Australian Shepherd is usually pleasant with other animals such as other dogs and pets once properly socialized.
Grooming the Australian Shepherd is a fairly easy task. They require only occasional brushing once a week and bathing not too often to avoid removing the natural oils in the coat.
The Australian Shepherd is satisfied with a large yard to play in, and they are largely unsuitable for living in an apartment.
The Australian Shepherd gets pleasure from activities such as agility, flyball, obedience, tracking and herding. They possess a high amount of energy and need to be given exercise each day in the manner of long walks, runs or other physical challenges to inhibit destructive behavior and excessive barking.
The Australian Shepherd could make the right breed of dog for an active owner or family with a large yard and a job to give them. They are well-matched to anybody who is willing to execute a small amount of grooming and take time to give them early obedience training and socialization plus ongoing mental challenges as well as take them on long daily walks and bestow a good sum of love and attention. Though they could be a little out of place as a city dog or in a less active household, if you are able to meet their needs for physical and mental challenges then the Australian Shepherd possibly will be the best breed of dog for you.
* Tyrone is a 2 y/o Kelpie mix that becomes territorial in the house with guests, exhibits anxious behavior out on walks, and becomes demanding (nipping and jumping) when he wants to play. In order to teach him to regulate anxiety, protective impulses and playful behavior it is necessary to build a strong responses to obedience cues, so that we have the means to communicate when necessary, and redirect his energy to a more positive outlet. Structured games of fetch (featured in video) and tug are also an integral part of Tyrone’s training program so that he has a better means of expressing his playfulness. This video was taken over the course of an eight day board and train. A future video will demonstrate how these behaviors can be applied to real world scenarios that generate higher levels of stress and/or arousal.
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