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Old 12-07-2009, 05:17 AM
 
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Oh,he is beautiful. Congratulations! He's going to be a grand companion.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, FL
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Our new puppy Gatsby- he is 10 weeks tomorrow and so far he and the labradoodle are getting along great!!

He's beautiful!!! You'll do fine with him. All good advice on here... here is my older girl...now about 12 1/2. named Scarlett.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:53 AM
 
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Thanks- he did great last night-only got up at 12:30- went to potty then got up at 6:30 and wentt o bathroom twice before she left for school- off to vet this morning for a puchase check
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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If you need advice this is great place to asked. I have a two year old Australian Shepherd and a 4 month old Australian Shepherd pup.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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If you need advice this is great place to asked. I have a two year old Australian Shepherd and a 4 month old Australian Shepherd pup.

Thanks so much-I love Cd-it helps out so much
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Where I want to be!
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Karybear---Pictures please!
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Congratulations!
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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There is a wide variety of personality types in most dog breeds and Aussies are no exception. There are some fairly common traits though. Mouthiness/nipping shouldn't be allowed right from the get go. Be prepared to gently redirect/discourage - i.e. do some reading ahead of time so you know how to address this is a positive way. Aussies often become real one person dogs with a strong guarding mentality - i.e. aggressive toward strangers. Some Aussies won't like the wife's husband to the point where its an issue. Some are fearful which can be as dangerous as the strong minded hard headed ones.
They are generally very smart and very eager to work as a team with someone.
Given their smarts and tendencies it is very important to do puppy socialization, puppy obedience classes at places like Petsmart are fine. It would be good if other members of the family attended some of these and took part and also took part in training at home so that the dog is well socialized to a wide variety of people as well as dogs.
They are great but not as easy as labs, poodles, retrievers.
Exercise is important, they needs lots but really its much harder than that - their minds need to be ENGAGED. They need a PURPOSE and something to think about and that is very hard to provide with todays busy lifestyles. They were bred to work as a team with humans, not just mindlessly taking direction either. Similar to a Border Collie but much "tougher". They were used on cattle a lot which requires that. They don't use eye, they stand and bark, chase and nip. I've seen Aussies get right in a cow's face and bite them on the nose. If you get one of these and don't have time for them or give them a job they will find their job - often guarding you or your property inappropriately or something destructive. I don't want to scare you, they are great dogs and many people have probably gotten one and in blissful ignorance have a wonderful pet. But if you look at Petfinder they have high number listed at shelters (many of which are not Aussies but still) because they more generally aren't easy. Like many things more difficult the reward can be great but you have to have the commitment.
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Couldn't have said it better!! Nipping, calves, heels, etc, needs to be stopped at the first nip! They tend to herd small children, as mine did when my kiddos were young, and while this can be good, nipping is bad. They can be very bold nippers too! LOL It has to be taught that it's not ok to herd humans with a nip.

Otherwise, other than the fact that they are sometimes too smart and too instinctive, I could never, ever complain. They're so smart, loving, soooooo loving, kind, caring, affectionate dogs and I wouldn't have any other breed.

Let us hear about your puppy!

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Old 12-07-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Elk River/Pequot Lakes-MN
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Congratulations looks like a beautiful puppy! Aussies can be a handfull but in my opinion are the best breed there is! They really need outlets for there energy so find something both of you are interested in and go for it! They are willing to do anything and are such great dogs. We found frisbee and our dogs love it especially Winnie who is really starting to shine! To bad your not around MN or we could have gotten together for a play date! Here is a couple pictures of my dogs since its an Aussie post!





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Old 12-08-2009, 07:20 AM
 
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Mesabi, She is just beautiful, love the pixs!!! And I agree they are the best...
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