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vera 09-24-2012 11:30 PM

Blue heeler Australian shepherd mix
Does anyone have any training suggestions for this kind of dog? We were given one and told it was house broken but she's not and she destroys the house while we are at work. She's a really sweet dog but I'm at a loss on what to do with her destructive behavior.
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BarrelracingArabian 09-25-2012 12:42 AM

Kennel train or make her an out door dog run for while you are at work would be a good start. They are definitely the type of dog that likes to have a job and an energy outlet so try takimg up jogging or long walks or anything active. There are also toys like kongs and such that you can stuff with peanut butter and different treats.
Those are not lazy breeds so most likely seems like anxiety or pent up energy as that can definitely cause them to get destructive especially if they are a puppy as well.
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SouthernTrails 09-25-2012 08:05 AM


I had a couple dogs of the same mix, these dogs need a job, they are very active and always getting into something. They were outside farm dogs.

Keeping one inside would be difficult, IMO . The key would be like we did with our GSD who was an inside dog. All 117lbs of him :lol:

We found by getting him lots of toys, he kept his attention on destroying the toys and not the furniture. Even as a pup he was the perfect angel, we attribute that to having at least 20 Toys in the house to keep him occupied, plus he always got at least 2 hours of exercise as a minimum even on rainy days.

The Blue Heeler,Aussie mix are herding dogs, they have a great natural instinct for this and a Lot of energy.
Lots and lots of Toys and Lots of long walks would help a great deal if you are trying to make one an inside dog.


Saddlebag 09-25-2012 09:09 AM

Many breeds are happier with a job. I took in an adult dog that I was his last hope. During the first month I tho't may times of putting him down. He was downright disrespectful and bull-headed. I gave him a job, then another job. He became a different dog, always eager to do his job. He's old now and still eager altho his body doesn't always cooperate.

gypsygirl 09-25-2012 09:36 AM

up the exercise, 85% of behavior problems can be solved simply by more exercise.

i would also suggest having her in a kennel anytime you are unable to keep an eye on her.

have you talked to a dog trainer or enrolled in classes ?

vera 09-25-2012 09:52 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll definitely be getting up early to go on a long walk before I go to work. I took her out to the horses with me last night. I knew she was a herding do but I didn't think about her herding my horse! I've heard that these kind of dogs need "jobs" but what kinds of things do you have them do?

We don't have a dog kennel yet but I'd like to get an outside kennel and a crate she can use inside. I just don't want to make her a permanent outside dog. I know so many people who stick their dogs in a kennel and only go out to feed them.
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vera 09-25-2012 09:56 AM

Oh and I haven't taken any training classes yet, but was thinking of doing some through petsmart.
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vera 09-25-2012 10:00 AM

I think she may have separation anxiety? She has to be touching me always. And if I put her in another room while I get ready for the day she sits there and whimpers.
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