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At What Age Do Aussies Calm Down?

by Nancy

At what age will my Aussie calm down?

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by: Debbie

My aussie is 10 months old and I think she has always been on the calm side especially in the house. she plays on and off all day with toys and balls and she tires herself. she can become excitable but i try to keep her calm by telling her to be nice. she is so anxious to please she behaves herself. I am extremely happy with my aussie.

2 Years
by: Anonymous

As far as I've ever heard or experienced it's generally excepted that Aussies don't truly "grow up" till they're at least two years old.

Aussies never grown up
by: Anonymous

I have had Aussies off and on for over 20 years. Aussies need a job, every day. Our old dog, Zeke, worked on the farm until he was 18 and up until he was 16 years old acted like a puppy. He had lots of jobs... pulling hay bale & sleds, herding cattle, being the watch dog.

Our newest Aussie, Tucker is a year old Black Tri. He has a job...agility training and working on becoming a therapy dog. He is mellower than Zeke, who was very high energy.

Obedience training is very good for them. It gives them something to look forward to they like the stimulation.

Long walks helps promote a calmer Aussie but overall, they will act like a puppy into their later years.

Wild dog
by: Jody

Someone gave me an Australian Shepherd. He's now 4 months old, and he is driving us crazy! He runs, jumps, nips, and tears up everything. We've tried constantly to correct him with forceful "Nos" and "Down," but he ignores any commands. We walk him daily. I wanted to have him as a house dog, but I am beginning to think he is going to have to be an outside dog, which I hate. There are no dog trainers in our area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Wild Dog
by: Rocio

Jody, if you keep your Aussie outside, he will get worse. Aussies need to do something every day. He can do agility, obedience competition, or you can train him to become a therapy dog. They are not like other dogs. They will do anything for you, but you have to keep them busy, and with you in the house.

Good luck

by: Anonymous

It's takes a good 2 years for an Aussie to calm down. We have always lived in a military community, thus we have small yards. Therefore I became a runner, and I run him daily and play fetch with him daily. THEY NEED A PURPOSE!!! I went nuts the first year we had him... but hang in there, with consistency, discipline, and tons of affection u will have the most loyal loving dog ever

To Jody
by: Siri's Mom

I have my first Aussie, Siri, who is now about 7 1/2 months. He is similar to yours and drives me crazy most days but also makes me laugh and lets me know how much he loves me. On the days he is best I give him 2 activities, outside off-leash play (fetchin a ball or frisbee, or both) usually around 30-40 mins. And I walk him about 2.5 miles. He generally behaves well on those days. If I give him one or the other, he tends to act up more. He is neurotic and must be busy or exercised to the point of exhaustion. He has been through basic obedience training and was the only puppy that graduated actually. I am going to be bringing him to a herding for fun class soon. My main concern about him is how unaccepting he is of strangers. I appreciate it because I know he will protect us but at the same time fear he may bite a friend or family member someday. That is what I am most trying to get under wraps. Good luck!

Year old ... Still a puppy
by: Ibayiish

My girl is a year old and you'd never know it. She is very very active, jumps, runs, hops, plays wrestling with my 2 and 9 year old. I don't know if she'll ever out grow it, but I just have to say park and she lays down calmly by the door waiting for me to take her. We try to go 4 times per week and really get her tired out she loves to play ball and will run long distances until she gives up under some shade. We did training too and she's smart for the most part she's okay except when I come home from work I can't get her off me for a while. But they do learn and very quickly, you just have to be consistent.

love my aus
by: Gordon

I have a 9 month old albino. Well shes blonde and white. Shes just adorable and while high energy she is extremely smart and suprisingly well minded. I have been very persistent in teaching her and I think its has paid off as far as potty training, not begging (needs a little work ;) and basic obedience. However something I havent been able to break her of is jumping on people and whenever I try to pet her she wants to nibble and lick. She absolutely never lets u just pet her calmly its always play time when your hand comes near her lol. Any tips?

Very Relaxed
by: Anonymous

I have had an Aussie rescue for three years now. She is the most calm dog I have ever owned. My prior dog was a border collie who was nuts. The Aussie might have been traumatized but even after three years in a loving home she rarely plays is content to sleep most of the day and only gets excited when I take her for walks or play ball for limited times with her in the back yard. As much as I try to exercise her she does not seem all that interested. She is a beautiful and loving dog and was described this way on Petfinder but shy and nervous around other individuals. So I would recommend everyone rescue not only because it is the right thing to do but you also understand the disposition of the dog before you own it.

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