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    I decide to post this in general dog forum as this post have a few questions.

    1. I have two small dogs (not toy-tzu and minis) They tend to grow up quickly and then stay as adolescence. Do you find this? Before these boys I always had medium to large dogs so want some opinions from small dog owners

    2. I know I should work on more training but my dogs still pull in the beginning of walk. I have a shoulder syndrome on my left side and I have find pulling is extremely unacceptable for my condition. I have tried halti/check/limited/flat and noticed halti works best but boys really hate it and they can still pull. I am happy to spend some money on anti pull harness. I did little bit of research on this but if you can make suggestions that will be great help. BTW my dogs are 8kg (tzu) and 10kg (minis).

    3. If i and my partner have a 3rd dog, what would you recommend amongst the breeds below. 3rd one will be a girl. (enough boys)
    Ridgeback, Kelpie, aussie cattle dog, gsd, and aussie shepherd
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    Regarding pulling I had magical success with the gentle leader harness- althought that isnt a long term solution.

    Hmmmm regarding all those breeds I know my personal fave is Ridgeback- they really are gorgeous big friendly dogs.
    They are all super high energy dogs though and very driven. You would need to be careful with you little fluffies and ensure they get plenty of exersize and stimulation or they will become very destructive.
    Any particular reason why you want a 'working' type dog?

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    Hi J&B,

    Yes my partner likes ridgeback and love their nature.

    The working dogs.....yes I have dreamt about having them. I love the way they are very focussed and trainable. I must admit that if somebody give one of those working dogs when they grew up (and very well trained), that would be really excellent. I am one of those people who prefers fully grown dogs. My family had GSDs and they are lovely.

    Gentle leader-why does the harness have to be a short term solution?
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    I like Ridgebacks and Kelpies.
    You could always check out breed specific rescue if you didn't want to go through puppy stage.
    Not sure how the mix will go especially having smaller dogs with a working breed dog.
    You know your dogs best and It would be a matter of researching and sourcing out a breeder or a reputable rescue.
    All the above are training aides so there is no real quick solution. It comes with being consistent and persistent.
    It has taken me 12 months of training my jack russell and every walk we are still training.
    Good luck.

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    Yeah my sister has a ridgeback x lab and he is the most adorable patient dog... you should see my 2 year of nephew with him... Lets just say its one tolerant dog! they are the best of friends though
    Yeah I have found I prefer grown up dogs as well lol

    Its a short term solution as I dont think that the dog will ever learn from it... As soon as you go back to flat collar they will pull as usual. Unless they always wore the gentle leader?
    I have seen better more amazing and lasting results though using a correction collar. I made sure I was shown exactly how to use it though by a trainer. But yeah it is going to be a long time before I can say he is now a non puller.

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    All the breeds you have listed are good. But having owned Kelpies And Aussie Sheps, i would recommend them. Kelpies tend to often be total Workaholics, and if they are given a chance to round something up... they will! they also need plenty of exercise, but they make AMAZING pets, they are incredibly loyal and friendly! I haven't had my Aussie Shep for long but, so far he is fantastic, Aussies are definitely not workaholics (from my opinion) they still need plenty of exercise... but Aussies are sooo friendly. My Aussie, Koda, just wants to play, and play, and play, Koda would play fetch with me all day, non-stop... lol! Both breeds are very good with training... considering how smart they are...
    hope that helped!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    All the breeds you have listed are good. But having owned Kelpies And Aussie Sheps, i would recommend them. Kelpies tend to often be total Workaholics, and if they are given a chance to round something up... they will! they also need plenty of exercise, but they make AMAZING pets, they are incredibly loyal and friendly! I haven't had my Aussie Shep for long but, so far he is fantastic, Aussies are definitely not workaholics (from my opinion) they still need plenty of exercise... but Aussies are sooo friendly. My Aussie, Koda, just wants to play, and play, and play, Koda would play fetch with me all day, non-stop... lol! Both breeds are very good with training... considering how smart they are...
    hope that helped!
    Thanks, When we were camping we came across many country kelpies and they were challenged by our s/tzu cross Chookie Not Yet Cookie (I will leave to your imagination where the name was from), but they were just non reactive looking their owners saying .
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