Adopting A Working Aussie And Transitioning To A Household Pet. Problems? Tips?

by Bob
(Flag Pond, Tn)


Have adopted a 3 year old male Australian Shepherd from a local shelter. Background info limited. Previous owner kept dog for one month, housebreaking problem. Aussie believed to be a working cattle dog.

His new name is Maxwell. Maxwell will be neutered tomorrow and teeth cleaned. I have been visiting him at the shelter for the past three days, spending time with him and walking him. Leash behavior fair.

He will be living in the house with a Yorkie and two cats. Yeah I know I have my work cut out for me. He will get plenty of walks, every couple of hours. I live in the country and have several acres, not fenced.

Any tips for his transition to a house pet will be appreciated. I have owned two Aussies in the past as house dogs. First one a puppy and the second a female from a breeder, she needed a lot of work, caged and not socialized. Turned out to be a very sweet dog that shared it's life with me for 11 years.

I love the Aussies. Thanks!

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Herding Aussie
by: Anonymous

It sounds like you know what you are doing, and this dog will have a great home! A sure, consistent hand will get you where you need to go with it. Aussies are so adaptable with the right direction. Good luck!

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