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My Friend Is In Denial About His Ability To Care For His Aussie

1 year ago my friend found a very cute and loving Australian Shepherd puppy through a breeder. He fell in love with that tiny dog. Now his puppy is all grown up and needs lots of exercise. Unfortunately my friend only walks his dog sometimes and lives in an apartment. My friend does not like to buy toys for his dog to chew on because those toys get torn into pieces and wind up all over his apartment. He recently came for a visit and his dog was extremely hyper and destructive. This dog would wake up very early in the morning and would cry a lot.

I have mentioned to this friend multiple times that I have heard Aussies need lots of exercise – but he says all his dog needs is rides in the car for entertainment.

I don't know what to do. I care about both my friend and his pet. After spending a weekend with them both I realize my friend cannot care for this dog. How do I tell him this?


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by: Anne

I have a couple of suggestions..
If you have a dog or not....make a date regularly with your friend and his dog to go for a walk or a dog park. Make it a set time every week 2 or 3 times a week.
If you have a dog go with him to a beginners obedience class or an agility class.
That should take care of the energy level.
The obedience will take care of some of the destructive behavior BUT his Aussie is BORED!!!
Please remind him that his dog is a herding dog and NEEDS a job to do!!
If you try all that and his attitude is still the same, please send me a private e-mail and I will try to help you further. I will try to help him and his dog the best I can.
If his attitude does that change an Aussie WAS NOT the breed for him as he is not helping his aussie at all. Situations like his that aussies are in end up in rescue.
I know you know this but we have convince him of this.

Anne Calmes
Gold Ring Aussies
goldringkennel@aol.com
Louisiana, USA

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