This is Oscar. Our new puppy. His dad is 100% Australian Shepard, and his mom is 50% Aussie, 50% Heeler.
I joking say I'm going to sue him for false advertising. Every time we went to see him, before we could bring him home, he was either sleeping, or
calm and loving.
Then we brought him home.
I don't think he has stopped bouncing off the walls since.
He does look so cute, when sleeping
Now, when we lost our bulldog last October, we knew we wanted something different. Something smart. (no offence to our boxer intended, lol)
I had read up on a few different breeds, and an opportunity came up to meet these farmers, that were going to have these mixed pups. I know that
heelers can be a heck of a handful, but we went and met them. The dad and mom of the pups were both sweet as could be, and tolerated 6 kids mauling
and manhandling all of them.
And he really is a sweet puppy, for 5 minutes a day, and when he is sleeping. LOL And he is gorgeous, with his 4 colors. He is a merle, mostly,
with red legs, and a bit on his face, and a white collar. And I need to get a pic, but he has a perfect 8, or infinity loop, on one ear, over an
We have been training hard, using both verbal and hand commands, and he picks things up very quick. But he is stubborn as all get out, and likes to
run. And has currently chewed up our boxers dog bed, while not touching his one. And chews on poor Abby as well. We really can't believe how
patient she has been.
We have found that he is HIGHLY food driven, and will stop in his tracks at the word treat, so we are working with that. We are also going to have
him fixed on the 19th, he will be almost 5 months. We, and the vet, think he is the alpha of the litter, so we have been doing dominance training as
A few people in the neighborhood that have had Australians, have said he will calm down when he gets bigger. I really hope they are right. I'm
guessing Abby does too. LOL (He seems to like jumping off the furniture, onto her, her, not so much)
So, any advise for training an above average intelligent dog?