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    Question Advice Please

    I was just wondering what people thought about a Male Aussie Shepherd/Border Collie x - 1.7 months from a shelter as a family pet?

    Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.

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    My thoughts, with any dog, are that you take your family circumstances, environment, time factor etc as well as the dog's needs for the breed or x and if they mesh then go for it, once all factors are taken into consideration long term..

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    If the dog is from a shelter, it has been tested with kids and other dogs etc. Ask the shelter folk and they'll let you know.
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    Okay thanks so much. This is such a great place.

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    Are you thinking of getting another dog, aswell as your puppy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by taraboombara View Post
    I was just wondering what people thought about a Male Aussie Shepherd/Border Collie x - 1.7 months from a shelter as a family pet?

    Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.

    Sounds like a great agility/flyball prospect that will love obedience training as well!

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    No, our friends are looking at getting a dog, but they dont have the internet so i said i would ask some people who are very helpful.

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    Hi Taraboombara

    You should print these pages out and show them to your friends.
    ShelterDogs
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    Both Aussie Shepherds and Border Collies are usually friendly and easily trained but really demanding in terms of needing lots of exercise and things to do. Some Border Collies (BC) can be extremely shy and anxious and will bite or attack dogs or children out of fear if they can't run away. If this particular dog is anything but enthusiastic and friendly - don't get it. It might be ok for someone willing to put the time in to re-train it but wouldn't be good with kids at home. Kids are harder to train to play nice than dogs.

    I'd want to know about the new home -
    * How big is the yard, and is it well fenced? A court yard block won't do.
    * Are there areas that are ok to be destroyed / dug up.
    * How much time can the new owners put in to exercising the dog - I'm thinking two sessions a day with lots of running, about 30 minutes to an hour long - each. If the dog will play fetch - this is pretty easy. If it won't - then it can be hard work.
    * how old are the kids - do they stand taller than the dog, do they like the dog?
    * how much time can the family commit to obedience training - ideally they should be taking the dog to class once a week, and then for this kind of dog - if they don't have a farm, find a dog sport like agilty or fly ball as well.

    I'd want to know about the new dog
    * Is it friendly - with everyone
    * is it pushy, bossy or a bully?
    * if the family already have a dog - does this one get along with it, is it older or younger? Bigger or smaller? If it's bigger and older - it's likely to want to take over the original dog's place in the family home and that may lead to fights.
    * is it very shy or timid
    * will it pay attention to family members when they talk to it? Or does it ignore everybody
    * does it want to play, or does it just want to go back to its kennel
    * can it play fetch (makes exercise easy but usually this can be taught)
    * is it interested in food treats (again this makes training easier but in a shelter environment a stressed dog might not be interested in food - this by itself isn't totally bad - just makes training a bit harder).
    * does it still play bite or has it learned not to?
    * does it try to jump at or attack other dogs as you leave its kennel to go to the meeting area? (very bad).
    * does the whole family think this dog is the best one? if anyone disagrees - there maybe trouble at home.
    * do the shelter staff like this dog?

    I disagree that all dogs available for adoption in shelters have been temperment tested. Some have, some haven't, some get along with the test dog/doll, and some staff ignore the fact that it tries to attack all the other dogs/cats and certain staff members... Do a quick temperment test of your own, how is the dog when it's taken past other dogs in their kennels? And fearful dogs tend to pass the temperment tests, but cause trouble at home.

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    wow thanks so much. I have printed out the whole post and going to show them. Thanks all for you're advice.

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