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Old 11-03-2016, 10:54 AM
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Any dog can be taught to control their impulse. I have a friend who has a working bred lab that she does duck hunting with (on top of a LOT of other sports) that seemed less stressed about a rabbit being at the agility field then I did. She said if she told him to go, he would, but if she doesn't he won't. It all depends on you and your training.

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Honestly, for anyone who is not looking to get into higher level obedience or higher level sports, I really do not recommend a high drive working aussie. They require a ton of exercise and training and I don't believe that is best for the average pet owner.
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IME, most working line aussies are even more energetic than working line border collies. Though part of this is how they use their energy; Border collies tend to value efficiency, while aussies value making an impression.
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IME, most working line aussies are even more energetic than working line border collies. Though part of this is how they use their energy; Border collies tend to value efficiency, while aussies value making an impression.
Understatement of the century! And you aren't the first person I've heard that from. My agility trainer told me her border collies never held a candle to how difficult and ready to go her aussie was.
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Quick question for the both of you-

Have you ever taken them out and about with you in town? If so, how did they respond?
@San I watched the video, he's absolutely beautiful! Although, if I did get a GSD, it's not likely I'd get into any type of bitework, which makes me hesitant because I feel like it's a GSD sin.
@Shandula, I'd be lying if I said I didn't love that full and fluffy Aussie coat a bit more than the rouge, border collie looking working lines. I was more so checking to see if there were any major health defaults more prevalent in the show vs. Working.

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Our working-line girl used to travel with us quite a bit, she has been to New Mexico, Oklahoma, and California. She stayed at hotels with us multiple times, no problem at all. Male GSD (one in video) has gone out-of-town with us several times as well. Both are very well behaved in public places.

A working-line GSD is happiest when he/she has a job, it doesn't have to be bitework though. Talk to the breeder, a good breeder will find you a pup that suits your lifestyle/activity level.
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I had to laugh about the comment about rabbits above.
When my Aussie Sam is out with me " leave it " is enough for her to only check rabbits or squirrels then watch me.

She has already this summer snatched four game birds and two rabbits righ out of the air while on a long line in the fields. I didn't see any of them or I would have called out. The only thing I can do is get the newspaper out and smack the side of my head for not looking closer. Haha. When she comes back to me with her catch the look on her face is " look what I got for our dinner".

So to,answer the question of chasing birds or rabbits, if you turn your Aussie loose in the back yard expect extinction of rabbits, squirrels, mice or any other small game. My Aussie will then turn to digging up moles and voles leaving astoundingly large excavations. She is also fastidusly clean more cat like than cats. So after digging she will jump in the stock tank for a bath. Now these don't always smell nice so it means a trip to the lake for a real bath on the way home.

Oh I forgot, if you think a GSD sheds wait until you have an Aussie. Some shed all year long....a lot. Sam leaves enough dog hair around to fill a vac bag once a week plus choke our Roomba robot vac. My truck is an embasasment ..haha

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Border collies tend to value efficiency, while aussies value making an impression.
This is seriously the best way to explain the difference between my two dogs.
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Haha. I love that! It's dead true.
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