May 26, 2022
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Dog Training- Australian Shepherd Training Information

Who Are Australian Shepherd? 

The Australian Shepherd, a breed of herding dog from the United States of America, was first developed in California (in the 19th century), known for its intelligence, well behavior (if provided proper Australian Shepherd Training). It is claimed as the breed descends from a wide range of herding breeds including the collies, and imported from California alongside being imported from New Zealand and Australiathe breed took its name from the former. Though previously, they were used solely as a herding dog, the Australian Shepherd has currently become one of the most popular companion dog breeds in Northern America.

The Australian Shepherd is an athletic breed and medium-sized dog; typically standing between 18 to 23 inches (ie 46 to 58 cm) and weighs between 35 to 70 pounds (ie 16 to 32 kg). The United Kennel Club’s breed standard states the Australian Shepherd dogs should be of a height between 20 to 23 inches (ie 51 to 58 cm) and bitches between 18 to 21 inches (ie 46 to 53 cm).

The approximate life span for Aussie breeds of similar size are mostly between 11 to 13 years, so, as per the results of the UK based study, the Aussies appear to have a typical lifespan based on their breed size. Based on the results of a 1998 internet survey (with a sample size of nearly 615 Australian Shepherds) approximate longevity of around 12.5 years was found in most of the Australian Shepherds, but that longevity may be declining.


The Australian Shepherd is said to be intelligent, loyal, active, playful, protective, and adaptive. The modern breed of Australian Shepherds is predominantly bred for house pets. Despite this breed retaining a strong herding instinct, it is not uncommon for them to be companion dogs (kept along with children or other pets). Being a very active breed, the Australian Shepherd is known to become destructive if it doesn’t receive adequate Australian Shepherd Training.

How To Train an Australian Shepherd?


Australian Shepherd Training


The Australian Shepherd training should be given in different phases which are discussed below:

(Australian Shepherd training tip no.1)

Try to make your Aussie dog social at an early age

How to train an Australian Shepherd puppy to socialize? Dogs that are taught to socialize early are able to interact better with a huge variety of people and are able to react positively in a wide variety of difficult situations. Take your Aussie to a variety of different places where it can interact with many stranger people. Try to show your dog that strangers and new places are fun to interact with and visit. It is an important part to raising a well-mannered dog. 

For example, in order to socialize your dog, you can take it to a friend’s house, walk with it in a neighborhood other than your own neighborhood, and you can also take it along on errands to places that allow dogs.

If you have an Aussie puppy, it is better to start Australian Shepherd puppy training, i.e. socializing your dog when they are 7 weeks old. Between the ages of 7 weeks to 4 months old, an Aussie dog goes through an important socialization period.

Even if an Aussie dog has not been socialized during the previously said time period (ie between 7 weeks old and 4 months old), that does not mean that it can’t be socialized anymore. It just means that it will be more difficult for you to get your dog used to a variety of places and people once it grows up.

(Australian Shepherd training tip no.2)

Practice reward/ inventive based Australian Shepherd training

Australian shepherds love reward-based training, aka positive-reinforcement training- the one that promotes good manners. Instead of punishing a dog for an unwanted behaviour, this type of training motivates it to complete the desired behaviour by giving it verbal rewards or material rewards when it does whatever you wish it to do.

With an Australian Shepherd puppy training, which is incentive-based, you give a dog a treat or praise for completing all the works you wanted it to do- such as sitting whenever asked, coming on being called, and going to the washroom outside in a systematic manner. You can also purchase some treats (maybe some highly nutritious Aussie food) from your local pet supply store in order to praise your dog’s behaviour.

(Australian Shepherd training tip no.3)

Start to train the Aussie with basic commands- sit and lay down

The very beginning of an Aussie training can be the most difficult part as you will need to first establish communication with your Aussie about what you want it to do. At the start, wait until the Aussie is naturally about to do whatever you want it to do, such as to sit or lay down, and then say the phrase you want to use in order to command. After the dog performs the action whatever you have said in the command, give it a treat/reward. Every time you notice it sitting, give it treats or praise after you say the word “sit.”

(Australian Shepherd training tip no.4)

Get Them Involved In AKC Activities (On attaining 1 Year)

You can make your Aussie dogs participate in a wide range of AKC activities available in the market but don’t forget to excel in events like agility, herding and obedience. With the boundless energy of an Aussie, channelling it into something constructive can do wonders for your Aussie dogs.

These dogs bond very well with their families. Their loyalty (see other loyal dogs) with their high energy and intelligence makes them very easy to give them proper Australian Shepherd training. Come what may, your dog will love doing any Australian Shepherd training along with you.

(Australian Shepherd training tip no.5)

Deal With Your Dog With Patience While Giving Aussie Training

Aussies are usually pleasant and well-mannered dogs, but if you are impatient with them, then they can be really notorious at times. Dealing with them with consistency and patience are important while giving them Australian Shepherd dog training.

How to potty train an Australian Shepherd?

To give Australian Shepherd dog training (related to potty), follow these 6 easy steps:

  • Put a limit to what your pet drinks and eats
  • Crate-train your Australian Shepherd
  • Establish a proper toilet schedule
  • Reward your Australian Shepherd for pooping or urinating outdoors
  • Take out your Aussie whenever you catch them in the act 
  • Repeat the above steps daily


What is the best dog food for Australian Shepherds?

Along with proper Australian Shepherd training, giving them the best food is equally important. Nutro Ultra dry dog food is the best food for Australian Shepherd. Victor’s recipe is appropriate for both puppy and older dogs. Fill your pup’s dish with enjoyment and superior nourishment with this delectable, nutrient-dense meal. The protein-rich mix contains necessary lipids that help maintain the health of your dog’s coat and skin. Due to the diet’s suitability for dogs with high physical needs, it is one of my top recommendations for energetic breeds such as Australian Shepherds.

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