Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Aptly Named Mini-Aussie

by Anita
(South Dakota)




Our Mini Aussie, Ripley, has been a fun addition to our empty nest and keeps my husband and myself WAY more active than we'd sometimes like. My daughter got one from a previous litter, a red merle she named Keela, and we just had to get one, too.

Little did we know how well the name Ripley would fit! A red tri, she is attentive and very well behaved - now that we've survived her chewing/teething phase (we only lost part of a kitchen chair, the corners of our two area rugs and my husband's boot inserts). She's also ripped her way through dozens of chew toys - thank god for the local dollar store!

Ripley can fetch a tennis ball or frisbee over 100 times in a row and WILL NOT STOP, no matter how tired she gets. She can be panting so hard she can barely keep the toy in her mouth, but she never wants to quit. She sits, stands, shakes right and left, dances and rolls over on command. She daintily crosses her paws whenever she places them on your knee. She eats her food a few kibbles at a time - and always in the living room. She kennels up without being told when she sees we're getting ready to leave for work.

Ripley is only 10 months old, and we're looking forward to her first experiences with camping and boating.

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Please think
by: Anonymous

It's obvious you love your girl but, please remember Aussie's want to please you so much they will continue "playing" until they physically cannot continue. You need to be aware of her limitations and stop her before she gets to the point of exhaustion. Hope you have many years together!

Gorgeous
by: Arlene Moore

Ripley is a beautiful girl... Aussies are the most ausssome dogs there are :)

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