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    For the past couple of weeks, a landscaper has been coming to work on the next door neighbour's frontyard. He has a cute female kelpie that he brings with. I first noticed her when Banjo and her started wrestling on our front lawn when we went out in the morning. So every time we go out or come back from a walk, I allow them to have a play together until I have to go. The kelpie is pretty rough, drags Banjo down over and over, but Banjo keeps going back for more. I was home yesterday so I actually let them play out the front for a couple of hours. Today I finally suggested to the kelpie's owner to put his dog in our backyard when I left for work. She wasn't particularly happy about being locked behind the gate, but hopefully she perked up after I left and they will have a good romp around there until her owner has to leave.

    My cat also met the kelpie. Honestly, this cat is convinced she is a dog. I saw her yesterday in the front yard looking at the playing dogs and then running around like a mad thing - I swear she wanted to join in! And this morning we met the kelpie in the park (2 houses down from our house), let the dogs have a play while the cat watched on from the kerb and then we sent the kelpie back towards his owner while we continued to school. The tradie told me that he watched his dog being chased back to him by our cat. Haha! But after that our cat politely sniffed the dog's nose when she came into the yard.
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    You are so lucky to have a cat that enjoys chasing dogs!
    Snoopy is always trying to entice Scatty to play chase, but he will only oblige if he's
    in the mood.

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    My cat will run away when Banjo gives chase, if she feels like it. Otherwise she just stays put. One of our previous fosters used to invite Banjo to play chasie by staring at her from the bedroom doorway and meowing until the dog got up. Very cute!

    I watched the kelpie when the cat walked up to her in our backyard this morning and it was great to identify at least 3 different calming signals in quick succession. Not that the cat noticed of course. But I praised the dog for her nice manners. lol

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    That's great Beloz, you really do have a couple of well socialised, good mannered pets, bet the kelpie wants her owner to keep working in your street

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    They were there again this morning. I knew because Banjo was whining at the door. So I let her out to play while we got ready. We all hope that the work will take a long time to finish! And I think if I ever do foster a dog, I would like it to be a kelpie or kelpie x. I developed a real soft spot for them.

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    So many people say that kelpies are not suitable pets for suburbia- need jobs to do, trick training, sheep to herd, etc etc
    but really I see a lot of kelpies just having morning walkies with their owners, some are joggers, but many are mature people
    just ambling along. The big smiles and waggy tails suggest these dogs are quite happy living in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    So many people say that kelpies are not suitable pets for suburbia- need jobs to do, trick training, sheep to herd, etc etc
    but really I see a lot of kelpies just having morning walkies with their owners, some are joggers, but many are mature people just ambling along. The big smiles and waggy tails suggest these dogs are quite happy living in town.
    Same with border collies, the ones you see out ARE the happy ones of course.
    I walk Maggie twice a day and could never wear her out but she is fit and happy and well, she would not be if she never got out! It is the ones locked in the back yard that are sad, you never see them.

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    So true Farrview.
    It is not the exercise angle - it is the being out and about with Mum or Dad, seeing other dogs etc.
    For Snoopy "the Hound" its all about the tracking. OMG a fox walked here! A hare peed there!
    We don't see people or dogs on our walk, but plenty of animals, birds etc as we are rural.
    Sometimes I wish we lived in town again.

    No dog should be just left in a yard, big,small,fluffy or working breed.

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    I agree that I don't know any breed that could cope with being locked in the backyard all the time. And also agree that it's about so much more than just exercise. It's also about connecting with their environment, using all their senses, patrolling their territory, etc. My old dog used to pee in exactly the same spots on our walks, twice a day, every day for years! She got quite cranky if we missed a walk... Banjo's thing is chasing birds, checking out the neighbourhood cats and playing with other dogs if we meet a like-minded one. Apart from the general sniffing to check who has passed where. With both of them I tried/try to take them to different and exciting places sometimes too to shake things up a bit and make things less predictable for them. But they like their local walks.

    Different breeds might react differently to not getting any stimulation. Some might get destructive, some bark, some escape, some act manic all the time, but others might just get depressed and seem calm.

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    ive yet to meet a dog on a walk that doesnt look like its enjoying it. I personally have the opinion that Kelpies are best kept by high octane owners.

    Its great that you have new doggie mates beloz. Here's hoping that building takes A G E S

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