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I have a year old male Australian Shepherd. We live on a VERY remote homestead which was previously OVERRUN with deer. Since we got the dog, he has kept the deer completely away - this is what we like the best about him (besides being a great fella.)

On the negative side, he is showing a small amount of aggression to our other two dogs and he marks his territory constantly. Also, we wonder if he would just take off in search of love some day...

Question: Would neutering him REDUCE his ability to keep deer away? I would assume that this ability is tied in closely to his herding ability - and perhaps to his marking of territory.

My inclination is to get him neutered, but not if the deer move back in!

Sent in By G. Halpern, WV. 


Well in general, it will be best to neuter him. First of all, keeping the deer away has nothing to do with testosterone. So that should not change. That is just him. But neutering him will help in the following, dog aggression, marking, and roaming. Also it will decrease the chances of prostate problems and testicular cancers.

On thing, however, some of the marking has already became a learned behavior. Neutering him it will curb his desire to mark, but he may still mark. I have seen wonders with neutering and dog aggression, even with older dogs. I have a 6 year old that I neutered a year ago. He turned around 100% with the dog aggression he was showing. It is wonderful. Will all dogs show results this strongly? No, but most will show a vast improvement. With the roaming, neuter him now before he starts. If he hasn't taken off to see the girls yet, this is good. If he starts, it also becomes more of a learned behavior.

So in general, I would be taking him to the the vet for a little snip soon.  



We are looking for a new family pet; this winter our fourteen year old sheltie, died. We were at a dog show and the Australian Shepherd caught our eye. Do Aussies make good family pets?

Sent in By E. Shelly, KS. 


Aussies are wonderful pets, but they are very active dogs. Aussies usually go at full force untill they are over 2 years of age. New aussie owners need to realize that these dogs need to have a job. This may just be playing ball with the kids each day. anything to let out some of that high energy. A big back yard is a plus that's for sure.

Another thing with aussies is that they like to be with their people. So they can't be a dog that lives outside only. Aussies that are always outdoors get really bored and destructive. They will tear up things, dig or try to get out of the yard. However, aussies that are included in the family don't have those tendencies as strongly. Am I saying that means they will not tear up your favorite pair of shoes? No, but they will less likely be as destructive!

Aussies are one of the smartest dogs there are, because of that, they need training. If you are looking for a dog to play with the kids, be protective of the family when she gets older, but are also willing to take on the responsibility of going to dog training classes, an aussie may be the dog for you. With a little bit of time, a lot of patience and TLC, an Aussie can easily be the best dog you ever had.

Most of the Aussie I get in Rescue are 12-18 month old dogs that have had no training. Because of this they are wild. They are usually outside most of the time because they jump on the people and want to be with them all of the time. Then outside they are destructive or get out of the yard and into trouble.

So with all of that in mind, you need to decide if an aussie if for you. If so, the next step is finding a good breeder. I know that you are looking for a pet, but by that same token, you want a pet that will be healthy for all it's life. It's better to spend a little more now on a well bred dog, then to spend more later on medical bills.




At what age should you spay your dog?

Sent in By J. Shapiro, NM. 


I prefer to alter an animal between 5-7 months. Several humane societies will alter as early as 8 weeks, however, we are finding there can be problems with this. On the other hand, we want to spay before the first heat cycle. This decreases the chance of mammary cancers to almost zero. With the males, you want to castrate before they become sexually mature and start hiking their leg. This becomes a learned behavior and they will have a tendency to mark every where, including in your house!  



I'm considering getting a dog, but I have a 3-year-old child. Do you think an Aussie would be too much for him? I really like the breed, but I don't know if they are too much dog for a child.

Sent in By D. Warren, NC. 


Remember when you purchase or rescue an Aussie that the dog is for YOU and not the child. You will be the one to raise and train the dog. Training is very important when having a dog around a child. Children, just as dogs, will just need to be taught the do's and don'ts around dogs. If you get an older dog, please make sure that dog has been raised around children. Remember that if the dog is too rambunctious around the child, you need to train the dog not to behave that way. It is not the dogšs fault it is the trainers.



Hi, my puppy just turned 6 months old, and I was wondering if I should cut down his food or continue feeding him the same amount? Currently he's getting one cup three times a day.

Sent in By F. Grasso, NY. 

Your dog's food intake depends on several factors. One is if the animal is or will be altered soon. This will slow down the metabolism and will cause the dog to increase the fat. In general, we usually keep on puppy food until over a year age and keep the same amount. But you have to be the judge to this if this is the case with your dog. If your dog seems to be increasing in the waistline, decrease the food intake.  


I'm afraid that a rescue dog will have too many problems for me to handle. Are all rescue dogs difficult to train?

Sent in By L. Proia,

Not all rescue dogs were brought to us because of behavioral problems. I admit that 50% are young males that are going through the teenage years and the owner could not handle them. But before we let these dogs go to their new homes, we train them. We try to find out any problems and work through them. We educate the new owners about the problems the dog has and work with them as well. Remember, when we place a rescue, we want that to be the last home that dog has, so we want to make the best placement possible. The other half of our dogs were not given up for behavior problems. These are ususally dogs whose owners are moving or are allergic to dogs, etc. If you let us know what type of Aussie you want and we don't have that type of dog in rescue currently, wait a little bit and we will.  

If you have any questions you would like answered, send them to Heidi, at whaussies@worldnet.att.net.




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