I Want To Adopt/Rescue An Australian Shepherd—Any Tips? Advice?

by Natasha
(Larchmont, NY)


Hi there! I'm a 31 year old female, and I'm just about to move into a new condo. I want to get situated for the first couple of months, and then really want to adopt/rescue an Australian Shepherd. I've loved these dogs for a while, and I want to give one a great home!

This would be my first pet, so I wanted to ask if you guys can give me advice? Where do I begin? Would the dog be okay living in an condo setting? I'm currently single, so it would be just me.

Just a few things—I do work in the city, and live in the suburbs, but would definitely wake up early to take the dog out for a morning walk. I have to figure out a way to get a dog-walker for mid-afternoon (I've read that this breed needs a good amount of exercise), and I will take him/her out for an evening run.

I'm happy to hear any/all suggestions!

Thank you,
N

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Condo living
by: Anonymous

First of all I would not suggest getting an Australian Shepherd. They require a lot of time, patience, and room to run. They get bored easily. I believe that condo apartment living is not for them. It is not fair to them nor to you. You may get frustrated easily. My advice is to do some research. Good luck.

aussie living quarters
by: Anonymous

I rescued an 8 yr. old Australian Shepherd... who is now almost 11... she hasn't slowed down a bit. Aussie's are so active and need access to a big yard or they'll easily get bored which can lead to other problems. I'd never subject a lively Aussie to apt., mobile or condo living. It's not fair to the dog and it will be Very Unhappy.

Australian Shepherd In a Condo
by: Anonymous

My husband and I own an Australian Shepherd and we lived in an apartment for awhile. It was doable as long as we took him to the dog park everyday and took him on a long hike or to the beach often. I don’t agree with saying he needs a huge yard because as a dog that always wants to be with us he doesn’t like being in a huge yard if we aren't out there as well. So it’s definitely a plus if you have a big yard but not necessary. So as long as you give him a ton of attention, exercise and mental stimulation he will be very happy.

Rescue Jax!!
by: Anonymous

I have a 3yr old mini Aussie. His name is Jax. He is precious but gets nervous around children. My husband is making me get rid of him as to having lots of children at our house. He is a full breed mini Aussie. He is extremely smart. If you are looking to rescue one please keep Jax in mind. I really don’t want to have to take him to the shelter. Email me if you are interested. Shaeisaak@gmail.com

Mini Aussie
by: Anonymous

Mini Aussies are full-blooded Australian Shepherd runts, no matter what others tell you. I have minis and toy size Aussies. Obviously the toys do better inside, especially in an apartment. However, whether full blooded standard down to toy size, the bigger the dog, the more daily exercise will be needed. The mini toys are as energetic as the standards, but they don’t have the endurance level. Regardless of the size, if they are not exercised and interacted with all kinds of humans daily, they will get timid and bored, and with boredom comes destructive behaviors. I’ve seen a standard size one bust out of a kennel trying to not poop there and tear up the house trying to get out to go potty. She was smart enough to be very well house trained, but so smart that she tore up the house trying to get out to go. If they are on a regular schedule of exercise then they will wait in their crates for you to get home, but you better keep that schedule or else they start filling their time with mischief. Don’t turn one loose in a dog park because it will herd the other dogs and attack them if they don’t move when prompted to do so by the Aussie. Once properly trained they are the smartest dogs you can get, but they live to please and be with you.

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