Puppy raised to be a barn dog
I thought about posting this in the dog forum, but I think I'll (hopefully) get more answers here.
So, my boyfriend and I will be moving out late spring/early summer. I would really like to get an Australian shepherd puppy as soon as we are settled in/stable in our new place. The thing is, I spend 50-70 hours a week at the barn.. I work at a barn so that's 40-60 hours a week right there, plus my time spent riding my horse/trainers horses at my boarding stable. I would like this dog to be a great barn dog, and come with me to work/horse shows through work/trail riding/etc.
So my question is, has anyone raised a puppy essentially in a barn? Or those of you with barn dogs, did you wait until they were a bit older before adapting them to horses/stables/whatever. The dog would definitely live inside, and spend LOTS of time outside of the barn, I just want a dog that I can trust around people/dogs/horses at shows, and trust to follow me around or stay in the same general area when I'm riding.
Any advice/personal experiences?
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