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    Hey there, I was wondering if there was a few tips people could give to those of us who have recently rescued an older dog.

    We've picked up a 5 yr old (Stumpy) Australian Cattle Dog X a few weeks ago and couldn't be happier with her so far, she was already house trained, knew a few tricks and is extremely well behaved. She's in very good health and was obviously well taken care of.

    My biggest worry is that as she grows in confidence she'll start to misbehave, but we're keeping in mind that it's good for her to come out of her shell so we're not keen to be too strict (no doubt we'll suffer later on!)

    Anyway, any tips would be appreciated.

    Sorry if I've missed a previous post about this, I had a quick scan and couldn't find anything.
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    Hi Trant, firstly, welcome to the forum.

    Sounds like she is a lovely girl. I wouldn''t worry about anything at this stage...if she is well trained and well behaved, then just enjoy.

    Obviously, as she settles into her new home and has more time with you, sure her confidence will develop in leaps and bounds, but if she starts getting unruly or portraying behaviour that is not acceptable to you, act fast to bring her back into line, simple as that.

    All the best with your new friend.

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    Trant

    Gorgeous dog you have there. I am a bit biased towards cattle dog x though, especially the ones with your dog's colours.

    What to do, given she's a rescue. I reckon, given she doesn't have any major problems, train like most any smart dog. Very smart dog. Loads of exercise and loads of training, lots of little sessions daily. Work triangle of temptation with dinner as the reward/temptation. Join a dog obedience class. Consider doing agility. Even if you don't compete, these things will help keep your dog's brain working.

    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

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    K9 Pro Courtney's Triangle of temptation
    Triangle of Temptation

    Basically, I make my dog work for her dinner, especially sit-stays. She has to do a good recall, walk/run past her dinner to me and then she has to sit-stay - I'm trying for a minute but the idea is to help your dog get it right, so if she breaks before I give her permission, I set her in sit-stay again, but for a shorter time.

    PS being part cattle dog, she needs to be meeting people and dogs everyday, ideally some regulars and some new, all the time, or they tend to get a bit snappy or even aggressive with strangers. A warning bark - great, but chewing their arm off, not so good.

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    Welcome to the forum Trant...and well done on rescuing Emma, she looks and sounds like a great dog!

    Best bit of advice I can give you is start as you mean to continue, yes she's settling in, but don't let her get away with anything now that you wouldn't in the future. DA is right, if at some point she does do something you don't like then correct it immediately.

    Although from how you describe her I don't think you're going to have too many issues with her, so stop worrying about what might happen and just enjoy her! Deal with problems IF they arise, and now you've found the forum, we'll be happy to poke our noses in to help!

    Oh, one more thing....MORE PHOTOS!

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    Cheers everyone, thanks for the advice and encouragement.

    We already walk her twice a day, so she meets plenty of people and dogs, and we have her off the leash when we can. The training/agility classes will start soon once we're all ready for it, hopefully we'll do her justice as I know she's smarter than us.
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    What a fantastic beach. Whoo hoo.

    Needs more (running) dogs though.

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    Lovely pictures and what a great dog beach.

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