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    My dog's an unknown brand, but I know what you mean about kids being inconsistent. I came down on my 6yo daughter like a ton of bricks when I caught her confusing the dog though, which resulted in some arguments and some tears, but she is much better now. I am really trying to involve her in the training too, so let her do simple things like telling the dog to sit for a treat, etc. She also feeds her. And then I make a point of praising my daughter abundantly when she does do it the right way. I tell you, it's more work training the child than training the dog! But I think it's all part of the package.

    I talk a lot to my daughter about the strategy behind how we train and treat the dog. She now gets the whole ‘encouraging calm behaviour’ thing. The fact that my dog was a prolific jumper when we got her probably helped with that though! I still make a point of reminding her to praise the dog when she stops unwanted behaviour or just ask her to give the dog a pat when the dog is lying down calmly. It’s not easy for a child to grasp how this works, but after 3 weeks of constantly pestering her about it, my daughter seems to be slowly getting the message.

    What definitely helps is to give your child some responsibility in relation to the dog but demand that they do it right. An example might be to give them the task of feeding the dog but they have to make sure the dog sits and doesn’t break their sit before they put the food down. A behavioural trainer actually encouraged my daughter to do that when she was only about 3, with my old dog. And the key was that there were no commands involved. (Because otherwise they just go “sit, sit, sit, sit,etc”) She was to hold the bowl out of reach of the dog until the dog sat down and if the dog got up as she started putting the bowl down, she had to just hold it up again until the dogs stayed in sit until the bowl was put down and she was released.

    I can highly recommend that exercise. And if she alone does it, she might start feeling more responsibility and be more eager to learn? There may be other simple exercises that you can think of that she can do, especially if they involve encouraging calm behaviour in the dog.

    Your dog looks like a real cutie!

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    Hi Everyone,
    My beautiful puppy has hit his naughty teenage years. The star puppy at obedience this week was the class clown. At home he will do whatever is asked of him when you have a treat however when there is no food involved it all goes out the window. oh dear. The trainer said they all go through this and to persevere but its really frustrating. Any tips from other ACD owners on how to get through this time?
    Bec

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    I think it's probably better to continue always offering treats than to let her get away with ignoring commands?

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    I agree with Beloz.

    When mine passed this awkward stage we then began randomising treats and swapped between praise and treats till it became mostly praise.

    I was only discussing this with hubby last night.
    As I have 4 of them we have the word widdle widdle which can be a question or command re going out for a pee...but our secret weapon is the word num nums.

    The dogs will do whatever I ask them to....mainly get out the back door if visitors arrive, go in the pen some other stuff as the need arises and they ALWAYS get a small treat for doing that.

    Jessie who has only been here just over 2 weeks learned very quickly what that word meant and immediately sits for the treat now with the others after whatever I ask has been done.
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    Such is Life
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    I live with my mother and she has a cattle dog crossed with a shitzu! and this is his story:

    Well i have my own dog Molly who is such a blimmin sook! everytime we would leave to go to work she would cry and carry on, it got to the point where we were like right, time to get her a buddy! So we started looking in the local pounds, shelters, classifieds looking for a new friend for my darling. After many failed attempts (most dogs were just too rowdy for her, she WAS a very placid girl) we decided to look at a laborador pup. When arriving the owners told us the sad news, the puppy was gone. But alas! they also had another dog who they were wanting to place in a new home! Originally Rexy was to go to the original owners mother since they loved him so much (so much he had a tiny, dirty concrete courtyard to play in, the only toy being a basketball that he would chase in circles) but the mother had a change of heart and no longer wanted poor rexy. We were warned that rexy was never socialised, and was dog aggressive, to the point that the Lab Pup was to be kept inside, and rexy in his concrete hole outside. Anyway we took our chances and after five minutes of barking and snarling the two were playing! So we decided - stumpy little rexy (he's abit hard on the eyes) was coming home with us! Since we've acquired him, molly no longer pines for us & has come right out of her shell! They are best of pals and the only time we can seperate them is at bedtime (molly sleeps downstairs with me, Rex upstairs with mum)

    Rexy did have alot of behavioural issues towards other dogs when we first got him, couldn't take him to the dog park without him attacking every dog in sight. We have since worked on it, starting with a muzzle, when he would behave the muzzle came off, when he was bad the muzzle went back on. We would and still do take him to the park every single day and he has since calmed down. We also learned to take him on a bike ride before taking him to the park as he would have less tendency to attack when he was tired, and we also take down his soccer ball which he chases around the park and keeps to himself. he still likes to nip and chase dogs at the legs when they are running but i just put that down to his breed. He no longer is on the muzzle and has become a huge part of the family. He is also an EXCELLENT guard dog.

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    Rexy sounds like he has found a great owner now and a good friend in Molly. Thats great.!!!
    Made me chuckle with 'he's a bit hard on the eyes' line. He cant be that bad but it sure is a unusual mix of breeds. Ya gotta show us a picture now !


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    The two are just absolute terrors together! I love how he has brought molly right out of her shell, she was such a timid little thing, now she has become quite the little madam. I have a photo of the two together, seems Rexy looks better from behind the lens lol, but we were never after a look or a breed when we found him, in the end it was molly that was going to be the one staring at him all day! I think she chose well

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    Default Blue Heeler Breed Information


    Height 43-51cm
    Weight 14-16kg
    Origin Australian
    Other names ACD, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler
    Blue Heeler History
    The Blue Heeler was developed by pioneer settlers in nineteenth-century Australia. The discovery how the puppies they experienced brought greater than not decent using the distances how the settlers experienced been concerning the path and correct their new, inhospitable surroundings, settlers determined to cross a producer new form of dog. Blue Heelers are derived largely from dingoes using the puppies they brought back, normally the old Smooth Collie bred. It is believed that Dalmatians and Bull Terrier experienced been also additional to create the breed. However, it absolutely was not right up until 1980 how the Blue Heeler was last but not very least recognized through the AKC.

    Blue Heeler Description

    The Australian Cattle Dog, also recognized since the Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Queensland Heeler as well as the Blue Heeler is known, a brave, tireless, sturdy, compact dog. The puppy is agile, properly muscled, strong and determined all through the work. The time period of the body is slightly extended than high. The tail is held at a moderately low-hanging gentle curve. The top legs are straight, strong, round bone, extending toward feet. The legs are long as well as the toes are short. The skull is wide, is slightly curved in between the ears, flattening to some cease light, but clear. The ears are arranged wide, moderately large, and stood like a notification. The nose is black. The dim brown, medium-sized eye are oval. The teeth ought for getting inside of a scissors bite to satisfy, using the lower incisors near at the rear of and only by means of the top. The ACD carries a smooth double coat getting a short dense undercoat. Coat colours are red speckled, blue, blue-mottled or blue speckled with or without the need of other markings. dark represents are not desired in the show ring. Puppies are born white, merely because it crosses inherited a gene in the earlier Dalmatian. You can occasionally inform the grownup colour through the paws.

    Blue Heeler Temperament
    How a number of puppies work, Australian Cattle puppies have large power and energetic mind. The race is just one tenth in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, as among probably the most intelligent puppy obedience rated trainability command rank. Mountain puppies require a lot of exercise, companionship plus a profession to do, not as working puppies must participate in puppy sports, studying tricks, or other actions that engage your body and mind.
    If you have happy, loving, playful and pets.However on house soil, Australian Cattle Dogs, they are reserved toward strangers and are inherently cautious in new situations. Their attitude toward strangers produces them perfect shield dogs, if they are able to using the work educated and socialized loved kinds pets are accustomed to some variety of individuals from an earlier age. They are decent with older, considerate children, but outbreaks of individuals near behind, particularly youthful youngsters operating and puppies are weaned squeal.By time, they will discover how the organization of individuals is nice, should have recognized and that response is worthwhile to stimuli of the person, delivering a friendly voice, a pat, an fascinating job, or food. The interconnection that this breed can create with his proprietor is very strong and leave the puppy sensation very protective of the owner, normally resulting in the puppy is never too much in the proprietor of the site. Aggression in Australian Cattle puppies is additional likely for getting focused on foreign ownership, or dogs.
    To relieve the urge to nip, the puppies choose up and chew toys advertise or hold objects like a ball or a basket, plus they could possibly be taught bite deal with from an earlier age. They are "mouthy" puppies to create utilization of the mouth to attract attention, or to occupy themselves. Each hold out has obtained to be left with them extremely robust if it could be to last.
    While Australian Cattle puppies without the need of a appear normally work, you will attract bark in alarm or to attract attention. They possess a distinctive intense, high-pitched bark that is particularly irritating. Barking can show a indication of boredom or frustration, but tests that puppy to improve their vocalization, when raises inside of a noisy environment.
    Australian Cattle puppies familiar to dogs, however the establishment of the pecking purchase inside of a multi-dog house can arrive inside of a number of brawls. If a Cattle puppy feels in any circumstance in which it is threatened or challenged is made, it could react with aggression toward other dogs.

    Blue Heeler Care
    Australian Cattle puppies hold recessive alleles of piebald light in the coat and create skin and congenital deafness are hereditary, although it is feasible that there is a multi-gene reason for deafness in puppies using the piebald pigment genes. About 2.4% of the ACD inside of a look at found that there experienced been deaf in the two ears and 14.5% deaf inside of just one ear.

    The Australian Cattle puppy is among the puppies with progressive retinal atrophy affected. You have probably the most typical form, Progressive Rod / cone degeneration (PRCD), the rods and cones in the retina of the eyesight at a afterwards time in lifestyle to deteriorate, as well as the puppy is blind. PRCD is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait plus a puppy could possibly be considered a carrier of the gene, without the need of the improvement of the disease. The gene mutation was assigned to canine chromosome 9 and identified the mutation, if any, be by DNA testing. It is believed how the incidence of carrier puppies could possibly be as large as 50%.

    Blue Heeler Grooming

    The short-haired, weather-resistant coat wants little cure and is also simpler to maintain. Just comb and brush getting a stiff brush and bathe only when necessary. This breed tends for getting a throw their coats or twice a yr (depending on gender and region).

    Blue Heeler Training

    Blue Heelers, commonly recognized as Australian Cattle Dogs, could possibly be excellent pets and companions. Their intelligence and energy make them prime candidates for becoming herding dogs...after all, this could be what they have been bred to do. However, should you do not retain this canine occupied and exercise the two it's whole body and mind, it is bound to get into trouble.
    Blue Heeler Picture

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    Weight 14-16kg
    cough..cough..
    My Ozzy was 36kg in his retirement, a bit tubby yes, but
    Chubb was 32kg - (ideal weight according to the vets)
    He was a fairly large heeler (His mum was kelpie cross).

    Some of the text seems fairly garbled on this post but
    I like the photos anyway.

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