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New Aussie Owner

Lindsay PicheLindsay Piche Posts: 166Member
edited 11 September, 2009 in Australian Shepherd
Hi! I have a new baby Ruby! She's almost 10 weeks. We got her from some breeders a few hours away. We did our research beforehand and we were happy to read that she would make a perfect addition to our family. We are very active. We have 4 kids, my oldest son is 10, then my second son is 7, my oldest daughter is 2, and the baby is 1. Ruby is wonderful with the babies! And she tires out the boys, man is she ever active! I didnt think it was possible to tire my 10 year old, he's a busy busy kid involved in many sports. I was suprized at how fast Ruby has leanred basic commands.....and she is already house trained. Also, I have never seen a puppy walk on a leash the way she does, she walks like she's been doing it for years, no pulling, walks at my pace and is aware of my every move! What a fantastic breed! Do any of you experienced owners have any tips for me?


  • tina eldertina elder BradentonPosts: 218Member
    edited 10 September, 2009
    make sue she always gets the activity everyday or she may become very destructive my aussie has only chewed on 2 things in his whole 2 years : ) hes a very smart boy but also very spoiled : ) he gets his way but to keep dogs from chewing always give them something to do to keep them busy
  • Paul WinsworthPaul Winsworth Posts: 142Member
    edited 11 September, 2009
    What a cute little pup. I agree that Aussies need alot of exercise to burn off excess energy. With Grady he needs both walking and flat out running to burn off the energy. Grady is into both agility and disc dogging along with 1 to 2 mile walks atleast 5 days a week. Another thing we have had to work on is the nipping. Grady will nip at our legs and arms when we run with him. Aussies usually respond well to ignoring them after they do something you don't like. I turn away and stop doing what I was doing with him it doesn't take too many times till it clicks in his head.
  • Caitlin JonesCaitlin Jones Posts: 1,317Member
    edited 11 September, 2009
    Grats on the new puppy. ^_^ And while I can't really consider myself and experienced Aussie owner, I will say ditto to the people above, lots and lots of exercise and watch out for the nipping, especially with the kids. But they are wonderful dogs. : ) And how lucky she is good at leash walking! Mines a little terror:)) He usually took me for runs at the beginning!
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