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Old 03-21-2012, 07:58 AM
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I need to train my dog to do somthing

i have an austrailian sheperd/blue heeler. my grandpa owns both parents and the dad, ceaser(blue heeler), is a bit aggresive and very protective of my grandpa. all the pups i have seen from the litter have been weary and agressive. mine is the complete oppisate of them. he is super friendly, i dont think he would ever even bark at a human.
he is always looking for birds and he is very hyper. He deffinately needs a job. I think he will learn and love anykind of job. he learns quick you just have to keep him concentrated on it, hes like a 2 year old kid right now lol. oh and I also dont want to teach him anykind of herding because we just got past trying to herd my horses
what kind of job should I give him? i would really like to do something useful but also fun. he will be a year july 28th 2012
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I'd suggest looking into local dog sports. My heeler mix has two "jobs": Rally-O and Agility while my border's jobs are agility and flyball.

Rally-o you can start teaching anytime while you can only compete when the dog is 6 months old. With agility and flyball you want to wait at least a year so that the dog finishes growing since the jumps and weaves can mess up bone structure.
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What does he naturally show desire for? Lots of sports you can do, search and rescue, retrieving objects lime keys, shoes, gardening tools etc, therapy dog. There are a ton of things you can do, but it should depend on what the dog is cut out for. Do you want to actually work him, or compete? Or just something around the house?
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I would like to work him. i wont be competeing. he is constantly looking for birds. i thought about training him to track by scent but im not sure.
he just needs somthing to use his brain ( I gess you could say.. ) if not he will get into trouble.
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If you are interested in search and rescue, get with a group, see the training, and they can evaluate him. Also, some areas have problems with birds, there are dogs trained to clear airports, farmland, etc. Herders work wewll for this.
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thanks. im going to see if the local fire department has a search and rescue.
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Another more "fun" oriented distraction that you may want to research is Treiball (spelling?), it is basically herding with Yoga/Fitness balls, which may attract his herding spirit.
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Iv been looking at getting my dalmation into doing something. We've set up a mini agility course on the dog field when we go and she can go round it on a lead. But she won't do it off lead. She has no interest in anything but running round a track. Could she do something similar to greyhound racing? She can go for miles and see stuff very far away so maybe search and rescue training? We have a branch of mountain rescue just down the road. She can't do proper agility even though she's a year old because she's quite underdeveloped.
Our lab is currently doing sniffer training using hide and seek with toys and nice food and our mastiff is training to be a therapy dog to go into hospitals and care homes.
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Another more "fun" oriented distraction that you may want to research is Treiball (spelling?), it is basically herding with Yoga/Fitness balls, which may attract his herding spirit.

Now that's a fantastic idea. Im going to try this out.
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