Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Guide To Australian Shepherd Training and Care

Aussies And Children

by Chris
(Harrisonville, MO )

My family and I are thinking of getting an Australian Shepherd. I have three children, the two youngest are 1 year of age and 5 years of age. I have read that they are a protective dog, but how well do Aussie's handle being pulled and pushed on by young children.

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Kids and Aussies
by: Kym

Aussies make fabulous dogs for children, AS LONG AS they are well exercised, and trained well. A hyperactive Aussie is a naughty Aussie if not given an outlet to express this energy. They tend to have a high pain tolerance which is helpful when a child is pulling, tugging, hugging, falling and the like. They are a gentle, kind dog that bonds naturally with their families. They are protective of the family, and are not slow to react. They do/will however, herd your children. Mine (back in the day) would keep my kids away from the stairs-like they knew there was danger, and walk in-between the kids and the stairs. They would also, however, herd them (instinct of course) but would not bite or nip, as they had herding jobs during the day, and of course were told not to, hence training. They want to be WITH the family not outside alone. My opinion is that these are the greatest family dogs. But keep in mind, they are high energy and need regular exercise (the backyard is NOT enough, nor is a WALK), they want to please and be WITH the family not looking in from the outside, they are a loyal dog and thrive with companionship, they are protective and will keep your family safe from harm. If you can provide these things for your Aussie, he and your family will be the best of friends and you will enjoy every minute of it!

a game
by: Anonymous

young toddlers seem to only have one speed, aussies love to herd usually nipping or barking i felt secure when the chid could speak to my aussie your 5 year old is a good age let the little learn how to handle the situatoin from the older one.many breeders socialize pups with young kids around use one of them

Aussies outside
by: Anonymous

I have an Aussie and a Lab (both 1.5 yrs). They are outside/kennel dogs when locked up and 2.5 acres of land to roam when we are home. They stay in the garage sometimes. As long as your Aussie has a playmate, they can be outside. You know they live outside in the prairie in the old days. They are the best dogs in the world.

aussie = childrens dog
by: Anonymous

I would highly agree an aussie is a childrens dogs, AS long as you have enought time to excersive it everyday for at least an hour! As our aussie starts to chew things if she is not excersized. But yes a great childrens dog

Great :)
by: Anonymous

I was raised with Aussies (ages 0-7) and am no worse for wear :) Actually the only possible negative side effect I can think of is an enduring, fiercely loyal, deeply seeded love for the breed that has plagued me my whole life! Both of our Aussies where fun, playful, intelligent, and loyal companions who never tired of sharing my adventures, or childish antics; and probably most importantly from a parents always made me feel safe.

I have a scar on my face from where your loyal family GOLDEN RETRIEVER bit me when I was 3 (Note: This incident was completely my fault as I was worrying him incessantly and getting in his face while he was eating, even knowing he didn't like it)But aside from the odd playful nip at my heels every now and again our Aussies never so much as growled at me, even though I was a rambunctious and mischievous child.

I always felt safe and cherished with my Aussies, both safe from them and from anything else the world could throw at us. Though it must be taken inconsideration individual temperaments (Golden Retriever story case in point) I eagerly recommend the Aussies as child pets(though they'll want adult attention too and don't forget it)from the very bottom of me heart <3

Love grandchildren
by: Anonymous

I have 13 grandchildren, when they were very young, our red Australian shepherd was very protective of them and they could do anything to her and she loved it.

Aussies and kids
by: Anonymous

Aussies are so sweet and wonderful! We have one with two kids, ages 6 and 9. But they do get bored if they aren't excercised a lot. Our Aussie generally is walked by me for at least 1/2 a day, then by a dog walker 2ce a day for half an hour, our nanny for 1/2 hour and then we head the dog park in the evening for 45 min or so. He also is frequently with me on car rides. And he often plays with our neighbor's puppy for about an hour at a time (maybe 3-4 times per week) and whenever we are away for awhile at kids' swim meets. I love, love having him and it's worth it to me to meet his needs (exercise, vet trips (schedule and emergency ones), Dogsitter when we can't take him on vacation). But i have many friends who feel like a dog who needs that much exercise is too much when they have young children.

by: Anonymous

I would not recommend this dog with young children. I have had an Aussie for 4 months now and he is going back to the breeder as he won't stop nipping and biting the kids. My kids are 7-14. We have taken him to behavior classes and done everything they recommend.

Not a great dog if not worn out.
by: Anonymous

Not a good dog for kids. When my children run my dog will chase and bite them. He has not bit down hard, but if he gets ahold of a shirt or an article of clothing he pulls them down. He thinks they are runaway farm animals. Today he tore my daughter's shirt pulling her. He will be getting a muzzle tomorrow. I am the only person he seems to listen to, but when I turn my back he gets into trouble. He steals the children's toys and runs with them, so they will chase him and they start screaming. I love my dog, but he is a royal pain in the butt. Very protective of me, and gets jealous when I hug the kids. He is very smart and I'm not giving up on him. Just know this is a farm dog not a house dog. A ton of work, easy to train, but will act up if it wants attention or is bored. No one human could match the energy of these dogs.

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