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Herding Characteristics of Aussies

Let's look at some of the characteristics Aussies usually show, and why those were considered useful for their original job:

  • They display herding behavior, rounding up other animals (even kids!)

  • It was their job to defend the herd against predators, so they have a guarding instinct and are very loyal. This also explains why Aussies can be cautious of people and animals they don't know. It also explains some aggressive behavior.

  • They were working dogs who needed to be fit and energetic enough to manage a herd of cattle or flock of sheep, which explains why Aussies need a lot of exercise

  • Their high energy level for working also explains why they can show destructive behavior if they don't get enough exercise or are left at home alone for too long without stimulation

  • Herding dogs need to be quick thinkers and adaptable to changing situations, which explains why Aussies are intelligent and relatively easy to train – they're fast learners

From these points you can immediately see that many problem behaviors have their origins in the Aussie's breeding. This gives us our starting point for how to approach these behaviors to develop our Aussies into the best dogs they can be.

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