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Should We Get An Aussie?

by Bella
(USA)


We live in the city but have a medium sized yard with open grass to run in behind our fence.

I am currently on summer vacation but by the time the litter is ready, I will only have 2 weeks left then I will be going back to school but I have no plans during those two weeks. So I would happily spend them puppy training.

Both parents go to work all day but I get home around 2:45 during the school year and would have all evening to play with him/her even once school starts and have no plans on most weekends.

We own the laziest dachshund who is only territorial over her food and a guinea pig who isn't scared of a dog. We have family walks most nights and usually walk a mile, maybe a little less. My dad LOVES big dogs just like me and would be happy spending extra time playing Frisbee or catch with him/her and takes a drive to get breakfast every Saturday morning with our dachshund and always gets up super early.

We don't have any kids under the age of 14 and no elderly people living with us either. One of our good friends is the breeder so the right breeding isn't a problem.

So do you think an Aussie is right for us?

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Should We Get an Aussie?
by: Chipper

The answer to the question, should you get an Aussie, depends on if you are ready for a very intelligent, sometimes very annoying pup! I have a 9 month old pup, and she is a handful! It sounds like you are ready for one, though. I also live in the city with a medium size back yard. Get your puppy tired early in the morning, and give her a training session, and you can leave her alone for several hours with very minimal attention. Depending on the pup, you should do fine.
The only other advice I would give is that you be very ready for a dog. Do a ton of research, get a dog house if she is going to be sleeping outside when she is older, and be ready for anything. I am also full time in school, and can only spend time with my Aussie before and after school, but when I spend time with her, I challenge her with running on a bike, fetch, hide-and-seek, and balance training. She/he will let you know when she is tired and ready for a break. Have fun!!

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