I have had many, many Aussies during my life. And they have all been super dogs. They are very smart and are good at many things. They like to herd other animals or anything that moves, they love to do the agility tests, and in general just like to please their humans. They are super with other animals and can be taught to do almost anything. They can be a little on the hyper side and I guess that is why they aren’t used for the therapy work.
I had one dog that just loved everyone and one of her favorite people was the veterinarian. Long ago, our dog and cat vet would come to see our horses too, so everything would get done with one trip. It was great. Anyway, when this particular vet came to the barn, Tiger Lily would race around and if she couldn’t find a stick to take to him, she would actually chew one off of a tree. And he would spend 20 minutes throwing the stick for her.
They also make wonderful watch dogs. The dog that I have now, Jasmine, is great at letting everyone know that she is in the yard and please don’t come in. I do not believe that she would bite anyone, but she sure sounds like she is a watch dog.
They are excellent at competitive obedience work. Unfortunately I never took the time to do the obedience training but they are so easy to train, it is just amazing. I wish I had done the training with at least one of the dogs.
The only down side of the Australian Shepherd and it probably isn’t just related to this particular breed is the fact that they love to chase a ball or a Frisbee. So as they get older, 9 or 10 years old, they get pretty bad arthritis. And I guess the fact that the aussies just love to chase things, animals, balls, Frisbees and they try so hard to do it right, that they end up hurting themselves. I think every dog that I have had ended up with bad backs, or just plain arthritis. And it is mainly in the back. I had one poor dog who’s back got so bad, that she would drag her hind legs when she walked, so her feet would get all bloody. At that time I did not know about the wagons they make these days for dogs that can’t use their hind legs.
Anyway, some of my fondest memories are of the many Australian Shepherds that I have had. They are a wonderful dog.
Has anyone else had an Australian Shepherd???
She heards my Border Collie to my side on our walks.
The Border Collie has given up try to run around.
I take her by her self for field runs.
I use both dogs together for bikejoring.
They are both the smartest and most loving dogs.
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