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    Hey guys, this is my first post to the forums, hopefully not my last. I am about to adopt a rescue pet that has been called a mixed breed. I am all for adopting something that's not purebred but would like to get a head start on research in terms of training. I know that it's quite clear cut across the breeds but have read a lot about the mental aspect of training kelpies, the exercise and physical stimulation won't be much of a problem. I just need to know if the dog is actually a kelpie x or something else. The ears led me to my assumption and looking at other x kelpies. Any thoughts on the breed would be much appreciated. Cheers!

    Here she is

    https://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/374322

    Sb

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Your pup is absolutely adorable!! I think she'll grow up to be really beautiful as well!

    In terms of breed, its actually very difficult to pick the breed of a mixed puppy... I'd say its definitely likely that there's Kelpie in there somewhere, probably also German Shepherd... maybe even some Husky? But at this age its so hard to tell.

    Once she starts to get older it will be much easier to make guesses about her breed

    She's just so cute though!

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    Sambiz you only need to post this thread once. I've deleted your other threads to keep things simple. The 'general dog forum' is the best place for this thread to be so that people will see it.

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    Thanks! Sorry I'm horrible at forums. Thanks for your swift reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sambiz View Post
    Thanks! Sorry I'm horrible at forums. Thanks for your swift reply!
    No problems I'm sure some other members will pop in here soon and give their thoughts on your pup!

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    Hi Sambiz and welcome to the forum.

    I think the pup has a little GSD in her but for the rest it's anyones guess...rescue may have a better idea. I don't think it makes any difference as to what's in her because how the puppy turns out is entirely up to you. One thing I can say is if she has big paws...she'll be a big girl...more to hug.

    I also would like to add...good on you for adopting a rescue...I know she will love you for the rest of her life. If a puppy is pure or cross you still train them the same...I would anyway. Don't take too much notice of what you read in dog books either...If I had I'd never know the joy of owning the breeds I have. Good luck.
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    Hi Sambiz

    I can't tell from that photo - what's in that mix of puppy ancestry.

    Could be kelpie, or Doberman, or Rottweiler, or GST or JRT, or Manchester terrier or Aussie terrier and JRT etc etc. No idea. Lots of different kinds of dogs have that tan and brown marking.

    Like Dogman said - training is pretty much the same with any dog. You figure out what they like and use that to reward them for behaviour you like. If you don't train them - they will train you to do what they want and they're about as good at making decisions in their own best interests as toddlers...

    Some things that are breed specific and relate to their instinct or genetic brain wiring - for herding breeds - they're usually very motion sensitive - they notice everything that moves and usually want to chase it ie joggers, bicycles, cars, tractor mowers... You need to make sure you don't give them the opportunity and that you train recall before you let them have a run in a big space where there's loads of fun things to chase or hunt out there away from you.

    Beagles - like to follow a scent, this can be very useful or extremely annoying - but the training is usually the same... Most beagles LOVE FOOD - so you use that to get them to pay attention to you and what you want.

    One place to start is
    Puppy's First Week at Home | Dog Star Daily

    And another is kikopup on youtube.

    And I also follow Susan Garrett's training methods. She has a book out called "ruff love" which helps you get a good bond with your puppy before it works out it can get fun any place but you (a mistake I made early on).

    If you do happen to have a very smart puppy - the more trick training you can do - the better. And if you don't have time for a walk - tricks that involve body awareness like learning to back up, then back up some stairs etc - are very good for wearing out brain and body for a good sleep.

    Tho with puppy - rule of thumb - 5 mins of exercise per month of age in a session. Ie no 1 hour runs in the park for a 3 month old puppy... not if you want the joints to be healthy when it grows up.

    And toilet training - outside after waking up, before bed, after dinner, after play and any time that nose goes down to sniff. For a while I had a big towel I could just scoop my puppy up in if I was a bit slow noticing the sniffing starting... and take her outside fast. She found this experience a tad embarrassing? and wasn't keen to repeat even tho I didn't scold or hurt her.

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    Thanks for all the replies so far! I had included a link of her beautiful brother which may offer some more insight as he is a very different colour!! I would be happy with any of the above suggestions so far. As you have all mentioned already good training is the key in raising a good tempered dog.

    https://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/374320
    Last edited by Sambiz; 06-15-2015 at 09:08 PM. Reason: Forgot link

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    Whatever the breed, you will get a small canine with individual quirks which will modify whatever training you decide to do. I have a loony border collie my niece has a couch potato. So getting to know your pup and then deciding on your house rules will be a place to start.

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    Definitely a mixed breed...

    Really hard to tell from upside down dog photos, one nice side on pic and one front on and one top down would help a lot - like mug shots but those are just cutie pie shots.... can't tell at all what you're getting into.

    So have you met these puppies - will they chase a toy? will they fetch a ball? would they rather play with each other or something new like you?

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