07-12-2016, 12:10 AM
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Hello Desert Dweller! I am brand new to this forum and this is my first post. By some strange quirk of fate, I am here seeking advice for myself and my dog who happens to look almost exactly like yours!
I am told my dog is also a blue heeler/Australian Cattle Dog but mine seems to be (way) out of the size/weight range. I'd be interested to know how big yours is.
Like you, if I'd known before, what I know now, I'd have never kept my dog, but now, after having him for two and a half years, it would be difficult to see him go but I am having GREAT difficulty keeping up with him at my age. He has an incredible amount of energy and strength. My 98 pounds is just no match for his 112.
I came here in hopes of finding a training program I can use at home with him but I'm finding this website to be nearly as overwhelming as the internet, in general, and don't know where to start.
My Spotti has been through 2 obedience classes and he KNOWS the commands, both spoken and hand signals, it's just that he's so dominant and aggressive, combined with being so big and strong - he doesn't always listen and I need better verbal control of him.
Did the vet give you an indication of how much he would weigh full grown? These dogs are incredibly strong so that's a big consideration. Having 5 acres for him to be able to run in will be a great help in wearing him out/getting him the exercise he needs.
A word of caution about getting another dog: these dogs are a handful, they are loyal and become very attached to you. I would make sure you're able to handle a fully grown adult heeler/cattle dog before considering another dog.
I wish you the best with your potty training/exercising. They are very smart and learn quickly. My Spotti hasn't had an accident in the house since he was 6-7 weeks old.
Oh - we live on the western Gulf coast and it's hot here, too, with a heat index around 110-115 F. He doesn't want to stay out long, but he does go out to potty.
Last edited by RuthieS; 07-12-2016 at 12:19 AM.