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Ozzy the Aussie

by Keith
(Connecticut)

Ozzy at 10 weeks

Ozzy at 10 weeks

I have a blue merle boy named Ozzy. He is my first dog and I could not be happier. I got him around Christmas when he was 10 weeks and now he is just over 7 months and a little over 30 pounds. The breeder said he might only get to 40-45 pounds as he was on the smaller side, but both of his parents are over 50, so I'm hoping he gets up there. His left eye is brown and his right eye is speckled with blue/grey on brown. Depending on the angle, it can look different.

We have completed puppy kindergarten and will be taking basic obedience soon, although the only reason I'm going to do that is because it is a prerequisite for the agility classes.

He knows sit, shake, down (both with hand and voice commands) and will come when I call. At home he is always by my side, almost to the point of being a little annoying as I'm trying to cook dinner or eat. At the dog park, if he is playing with other dogs, I call his name once and his head pops up, a second time and he comes running to me.

He loves to try and play with the cats, one of them will tolerate him as long as he doesn't get too rough. The other wants nothing to do with him.

He typically doesn't jump up on adults, but he has knocked over a couple of children. He was just playing, but the kids didn't know that and started running and screaming, and he thought it was a game. Does anyone have any tips on how to control this and will he grow out of it.

The pictures I've attached are from when he was 10 weeks old and a little older. I will try to add updated photos as he is really turning from a cute little puppy to a handsome dog.

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