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Australian Shepherd Energy Levels
We are seriously thinking of purchasing an Australian Shepherd puppy. We have done a lot of research and found a very solid breeder that we are happy and confident with... but the more I read, the more questions and concerns I have.
We read over and over how Aussies need something to occupy their minds with daily ~ that they need to be given a "job" to perform because of their intelligence and high energy level to keep them from getting bored and destructive. Could you tell us exactly what that means?!
At the same time we read what wonderful family dogs they are! We love going for long walks and taking our dogs everywhere we can with us. On the weekends we spend a lot of time hiking, kayaking, biking, walking the beach ~ anything outdoors. But can an Aussie be content laying by our sides too while we watch a movie at night, ha! We both like to run..... But we do work (I'm usually home by 1:30 or 2:00) and we don't live on a ranch or farm for our dog to roam and run freely and use up all that energy. Will she be fine at home till mid afternoon waiting for us to get home to her?
We want to make sure our lives are suitable for an Aussie in our city life! We are active and want a strong sturdy dog to go hiking, etc. with us, but we also want a dog that is a loyal companion that be content just hanging around with us too once in awhile. We are being discouraged with everyone's HIGH ENERGY comments about Aussies and how if they don't get a TON of exercise they become nippy and aggressive?? How much is enough??
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