When it comes to getting an Australian shepherd many people are not sure of what to do with them. However, there are many different ways that you can use your Australian shepherd.
Most often when people choose to get an Australian shepherd they get them for a work dog. However, when choosing an Australian shepherd as a work dog, you must decide on what type of work you will train it for. Not only can they be a work dog, but they can also be a family pet as well. Today, most Australian shepherds are being seen on farms, being used as both a pet as well as a work dog. When on a farm, the Australian Shepherds are mainly used for rounding up the livestock, which are sheep, goats, or cows. However, the livestock can change from farm to farm.
When it comes down to getting your Australian Shepherd as a puppy, you should not waste any time training him or her. In fact, you should start the training process with it right away. However, one thing that many people have trouble training their dogs with is discipline. Luckily, Australian Shepherds are very easy dogs to train. In fact, Australian Shepherds have been bred to take directions well and to listen to their owners. Also, they are bred to be able to make up their own minds and to make their own decisions. However, it is still up to the owners to teach them what is right and wrong.
When it comes to the actually training of the work dog, it should not be a long process. In fact, because Aussies are really quick learners they will know what their duties are in a short time. Also, when a dog is trained properly, they will accept the words that come from their masters. When the master speaks harshly to them, they will consider that as being just as bad as a physical punishment. No matter what, your Australian Shepherd should know that you are the master and you are the one who is in control.
Next to teaching your dog who is in charge, you should also teach him obedience as well. In fact, it is highly recommended that every dog should be taught some obedience. It is much easier to train a dog to become a work dog when it knows simple manners rather than being wild and unruly. In fact, when it comes to Australian Shepherds, they are very intelligent and quick learners that enjoy getting challenges so that they can learn more. When training your dog to become a work dog, some of the most important things you should teach the dog to do is sit, stay, down, come, and also be able to walk at your side.
Once you've got your Aussie to learn some of the most important things to know, it will be a breeze to teach it how to round up your herd. In fact, most Australian Shepherds love to get exercise as well as doing a task.