Sounds like you got a good one. No barking is a really good thing. What food do you feed, is it the same stuff the shelter used? I wouldn't worry to much if he is over weight. Go lite on the treats, cut them into very small bites and use for training purposes only. If dogs aren't being entertained they sleep that is normal. Don't be worried about him not pooping yet just make sure to take a couple of nice long walks to give him plenty of time to go. Thank you for rescuing. Double thanks because he is 6.Hi guys!
So I adopted my first dog ever from the humane society yesterday. He is a 6 year old Australian Shepherd. They said his family moved out of state and couldn't take him. Anyways, I've never had a dog and would appreciate any tips. He's been a really great dog so far. He follows me everywhere, which I'm still getting used to. He is slightly overweight though, and I'm not sure what to do about that. I read that Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercise, but every time I take him out, he gets tired pretty quickly. He won't play with toys either. And he sleeps, a lot. He slept through the whole night last night, and I had to wake him up when I got up so I could take him outside to use the bathroom. I do my work on the computer, and he just lays at my feet, sleeping. When I get up, he gets up. But other than that, he sleeps. He also won't eat his food. He drinks water and eats treats, but won't eat his food. He has peed, but not pooped yet. Should I be worried? Oh, and I've never heard him bark. I'm not necessarily complaining about that, I just find it weird. He whines, but hasn't ever barked. Any tips or information would be appreciated!