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    The problem with these pups are they are so cute - so people tend to lavish heaps of attention on the pup when they are little and this does cause problems later.

    All pups need to be taught alone time. Crate training is good for when a pup first comes homes. It does tend to stop a lot of so-called neediness later on.

    A lot of people also grizzle about all the damage these pups can manage. My little one is now ~ 10 months old and I have left her free in the house with the older one since she was about 4 months old. No destruction - no toileting problems - so no hassles.

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    I have read lots of positive things about crate training, especially for making the pup feel secure in its new environment.

    I'm used to pups causing damage - I've had a lab and a goldie and some of the items destroyed included old family photos (how in the heck he reached them I have no idea), the entire reticulation system, TV remotes, a mobile phone, the cord from the gas bottle to the BBQ (!!!), and the list goes on. Our backyard is FULL of awesome fun plastic kids toys so the pup is going to have a field day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elle-M View Post
    On the exercise front, I assume with training that both Aussies and GSP's will be fine as jogging companions, for between 5-15km runs? That a couple of times a week plus a daily run off the lead at the park, would that be enough?

    Also, have you both noticed any differences between male and female Aussies and GSPs (in general, as far as temperament goes?)
    I think my boy is a bit lazy for an Aussie, but yes I'd say that much exercise is definitely enough for any Aussie shepherd as long as you couple it with training and other things to work their mind

    I've only had one Aussie, but I can tell you that he is a huge sook, he looves his cuddles. I've heard a lot of people say that the male Aussies tend to be cuddlier and less independent than the females... thats just a generalisation though, I'm sure there would be exceptions to that... I like the sooky boys though.

    I might be biased, but I think my boy is the perfect mix of energetic, trainable dog and sooky cuddly lap dog

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    Now to put a spanner in the works ! What about a standard poodle ?

    As you have had experience with pups with lots of hair – a standard poodle coat should not be a drama for you.

    Not talking about this type of trim:

    Poodle 1.jpg

    But something like this:

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    I love the standards ! Still a hunting type breed, very smart and gorgeous to look at !

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    Trouble with poodles is they tend to be better at training the humans - than the humans are at training them...

    My brother's excuse with his poodle x - is that it only speaks French. I figure it knows how to manipulate him "it's all too hard - let me do my own (naughty) thing"...

    As for puppy damage - I think if you play a bunch of training games before you go to work and maybe a 10 minute walk and then put puppy in a play pen (that can't fall over when the puppy jumps on it) or a big crate - you limit possible damage to a small area. When the puppy is out - it needs very dedicated supervision eg you can't make dinner and supervise a puppy... But you can all play recall games with the puppy for 10 minutes and then put it back to bed and make dinner. And get it out again for another 10 minutes after dinner - but remember potty break - first thing out of the crate each time.

    This site has lots of stuff about puppy training
    Dog Star Daily

    And you can get Susan Garrett's crate games - for how to train any critter to be happy and comfortable and secure in their crate.

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    I was thinking a Standard Poodle might be a good option for you, forgot to mention it though.

    I'm pretty sure a Standard Poodle will be my next dog. They're very smart and quick to learn. And much more gentle than the dogs i'm used to. All the Standard Poodles I know... If they do jump on you (which with training they shouldn't, but some owners don't care enough) its just so gentle! My dog doesn't jump, but he likes to throw his weight around a bit He's bigger than a normal Aussie Shepherd is though.

    And with all that fabulous hair, you can have them in any clip you want When I have one, I'd keep it in a short practical clip because I live on a farm and grass seeds/mud are everywhere! However the cost of keeping them clipped regularly if you can't do it yourself will add up, so that is an important consideration.
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    My husband doesn't want a poodle unfortunately. He had one growing up and was never overly fond of her. However he also had a basenji who he said was a wonderful family dog (?!) so I question his logic at times. I think I'd prefer to vacuum daily than take a dog to get clipped. I vacuum a lot because of the kids anyway, so it wouldn't be too much more work. At the moment I'm torn between an Aussie and a GSP, so I'm going to go to some dog shows over the next few months and speak with owners and breeders. I'm really excited about trying obedience with my dog this time too, I've never done anything other than puppy school and basic training at home. There's a club just north of Perth and you pay an annual membership and then you can attend any puppy class/obedience and agility class - it sounds fantastic and it looks like a great community to get involved with.

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    All sounding good ! Happy researching for your search for a new pup ! At least you have got the choice down to between 2 breeds !

    There are quite a few GSP FB groups and maybe you could find other owners of GSPs in your area. I am sure it would be the same for the Aussies.
    Good Luck and please keep us updated ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

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    Thank you for all your help! I will be back to update, and post pics eventually when we do get our pup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elle-M View Post
    My husband doesn't want a poodle unfortunately. He had one growing up and was never overly fond of her. However he also had a basenji who he said was a wonderful family dog (?!) so I question his logic at times. I think I'd prefer to vacuum daily than take a dog to get clipped. I vacuum a lot because of the kids anyway, so it wouldn't be too much more work. At the moment I'm torn between an Aussie and a GSP, so I'm going to go to some dog shows over the next few months and speak with owners and breeders. I'm really excited about trying obedience with my dog this time too, I've never done anything other than puppy school and basic training at home. There's a club just north of Perth and you pay an annual membership and then you can attend any puppy class/obedience and agility class - it sounds fantastic and it looks like a great community to get involved with.
    Yes the Northern Suburbs dog training club is a big club and has a lot of awesome trainers associated with it. One of the top obedience dogs in WA has been an Aussie for as long as I have been trialing. He is retiring and his owner has a new young Aussie who I think is doing very well. There are also several very accomplished GSDs over the years. If you are interested in obedience or the fun Rally O have a look in the events section on the Dogs West site and look at when the obedience events are coming up. There is one at the Dogs West grounds on the evening of March 20.
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