The great thing about Aussies is that they learn so fast that it makes them fun to train. Because of their versatility, you can get them into any dog sport and they’ll shine.
An Aussie with a Job to do is happy and not as apt to get into trouble.
There are several methods for training your puppy. My favorite is Crate training. Dog crates or kennels make life easier. It’s a good idea to get your dog accustomed to one for many reasons, such as vet visits, travel, and safety. Being den animals it is relatively easy to train your dog to love her crate. The crate will become your puppies safe place, a place for your puppy to rest, relax, and escape excess stimulation.
There are two main types, wire folding and hard sided. The wire folding crates are appealing because they fold flat, come with a divider to make them smaller for young puppies, and they have a removable tray. The wire spacing can allow dogs and puppies to reach out and scratch or pull items inside. For that reason I prefer hard sided crates. Being inclosed they are more private and cozy. Hard sided crates can be places next to walls and furniture without worry of damage. While hard sided kennels and be taken apart and stacked they take up more room when stored and are harder to clean if accidents happen.
It’s important that the crate is the right size—just large enough for the puppy to lie down, stand up, and turn around. Many crates come with partitions so you can adjust the size as your puppy grows. If your crate is to roomy for your puppy you can take up some of the empty space by placing a cardboard box in the back of the crate.
Choose the crates location carefully. A quiet room is ideal. Close to the door that is used to go out to the potty area is best. Many people place a crate in their room beside bed. This allows them to sooth a puppy should he/ she be lonely at night. Be careful that this does not reinforce separation issues. I prefer to place crates closer to the laundry-kitchen area. That is typically the quietest place in the home at night and usually has an exterior door near by. Having your kennel in the quiet part of the house encourages puppies to sleep through the night. The kitchen is typically one of the first rooms to be uses in the morning and with a door near by you can take your puppy right out to the potty area before an accident occurs.
Have a schedule and set the timer. How often should you take your Australian Shepherd out to potty? According to the AKC puppies can control their bladders for the number of hours corresponding to their age in months up to about nine months.
Puppies will likely need to go out
First thing in the morning
Last thing at night
After playing indoors
After spending time in a crate
Upon waking up from a nap
Consistency is the key. Choose the door you want your puppy to go out to use the restroom. Alway use that door. Choose the place in the yard you want your puppy to do his business and alway take him to that spot. Stand and and be boring (its not playtime, don’t distract him) until he has completed his business. After the job is done reward you puppy with playtime or free time. Never go straight back to the crate after a potty break. You want your puppy to learn that he gets to play or have free time after he goes potty out side.
Having a voice command that sends your Australian shepherd to his kennel is one of the first commands I teach. Leave the kennel door open, get puppy’s attention with the smell of a treat, then toss the treat inside for puppy to eat. Each time puppy goes inside say kennel. I do this several times letting puppy retrieve the treat or even a favorite toy from the crate without ever closing the cage door. When puppy is quick about entering I will close the door and wait a moment. Let puppy realize the door is closes and process the change. if puppy is quite for a moment then open the door and play another round or take a break. Each time we play the door will stay shut longer and longer. If puppy is upset or makes a sound don’t open the door! Correct. Say quiet or be still. I want puppies to be silent and rest when they are crated. Never ever let a crying puppy out of a crate. They will think that the cry got them free time and that is hard to correct. If your puppy is crying or scratching at the door you can correct the behavior by saying quite in a firm tone, making a loud noise or taping the top of the kennel to distract him from the unwanted behavior. Wait for your puppy to be silent and mostly still before opening the kennel door.
You have to watch your puppy carefully for individual signals and rhythms. Some puppies may be able to hold it longer than others. Some will have to go out every time they play or get excited. Your puppy may put his nose to the ground and circle when he feels an urge to potty. If you catch your puppy starting to squat to urinate or defecate, pick him up and immediately rush outside. If he does the job outdoors, give him praise and attention. Remember that when it comes to house training, prevention is the key.
If your dog has an accident, don’t make a fuss, just clean up the mess.
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Aussies are protective of their owners and their property. Aussies are reserved when meeting someone for the first time.
Australian Shepherds come in 4 colors
Blue Merle, Red Merle, Black and Red