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Thinking About Skipping Your Dog’s Walk? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Came across this Washington Post article today on

Why skipping your dog’s walk is a bigger deal than you think

Australian Shepherd

And while I usually do get my dogs out for walks daily, this was a great reinforcer on keeping that up. I do it as much for me as I do for them. I need me my fresh air!

But a friend was recently asked why I didn’t just let them just hang out in the backyard, since we do … Read More

What is the Difference Between Border Collies and Australian Shepherds? Which One Should I Get?

Trying to decide between Border Collies and Australian Shepherds?

Border Collie and Australian ShepherdThis is a tough choice! I love both Border Collies and Australian Shepherds! But if I were to counsel someone considering these breeds, the first thing I’d look at is dog experience. The second thing I’d look at is how much time do you have to train and exercise these dogs.

While there are many similarities, as both BCs and Aussies come from the Herding Group, there are also some … Read More

Step-by-Step Guide to Help Your Puppy Overcome Separation Anxiety

red tri australian shepherd puppyCait’s puppy, Arrow, has started experiencing some separation anxiety. Cait, having grown up in a house that has always had dogs, knows the drill. But for those of you who don’t have a lifetime of experience, here is a step-by-step guide to help you help your puppy overcome separation anxiety.

Since I’m all about getting to the point quickly, while you can do this on your own, and the information that follows will help you do this on your own, … Read More

So You Think You Want An Aussie?

Much has been said and written about the energy and athleticism of Aussies. And how they are not dogs for everyone. Yet it amazes me how many people with no previous Aussie experience choose not to hear this and get one because they like the looks.

This is our 3-month-old Aussie on a typical middle-of-the-night potty break, after a day full of activities, running, and playing with our other two dogs.

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Arrow Emmett Shanley

Australian shepherd puppy

This girl has been waiting for this dog for more than a decade. She has wanted her own Aussie, really, since Kiera died. And she has been unwavering in that wish.

I have tried tempting her with other animals. And while she deeply loved them, they were not her Aussie. So, she waited and waited. And we looked and looked. And it never worked out.

She had pretty much given up. Life got complicated. There’s never a … Read More

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