I have done a fair amount of research on australian shepherds, from how much exercise and training they need, to how to best groom them. I am in college, going on my junior year and I work part time. I know that australian shepherds cannot be alone for a long time during the day or they become destructive, bark a lot, and miss behave. I will be at class from roughly 8am-2pm but have time in between to spend at least 30 minutes with my dog. Then I work part time in the evenings, a few hours each night some time from 6pm-12pm, how long during that time varies depending on what I get scheduled for. But regardless of when I am in class between those times and when I am at work, I will be able to walk the dog before classes, spend time with them in between classes, after classes before work, and after work. I currently live in a house that allows dogs but the backyard is not fenced in. However there is a park and a dog park one block from the house. I am very fit and active, so devoting 2-4 hours every day to play and exercise my dog is not an issue. I am also planning on doing training with my dog every day, because I want my australian shepherd to know tricks and be an off leash dog in addition to all of the basic commands. I love playing frisbee, so I plan on taking that up with my dog because I read that is a good way to get mental and physical exercise at the same time and it gives the dog a "job". I I read that a happy aussie is one that has a "job" to do. They require exercise and training every day to keep their high energy level satisfied and their minds working. I have always wanted an australian shepherd since I was a little kid. We have had many pets while I was growing up, a few of them dogs, mostly cats and hamsters though when I was really little. I had a dog for about 6 months this past year, but then our landlord decided he did not want us to have the dog anymore so I found her a loving home with a family friend and she is happy as a clam with them now. I know what I am getting into with an australian shepherd, I understand what they require, and I am a very responsible young man. So, long story short, my question is: do you think I will be able to handle having an australian shepherd while I am in college and working part time?