That’s something I’ve been confused by in research. When you say “job to do,” does this mean basically farm work only? Should they not be residential dogs? Just being honest, I’m not a crazy fan of spaniels as the English springer’s droopy eyes always make me sad. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever met one in person. I’ll look into them though!German Shepherd Dog I Am Your Friend Your Partner Your T-Shirt Thank you! Agility, herding, formal obedience, or rally obedience are some of the things herding dogs excel in. We do agility with our shelties and the puppy may also be a therapy dog. They need to work their brains, walks don’t just cut it for these types of dogs. If under stimulated they can be destructive or nuisance barkers.
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Gotcha. That makes sense. We do not plan to do any kind of formal agility training and I am not quite sure what formal obedience is. I do plan to do pretty much as many commands and movements as possible, but I personally wouldn’t call that formal, so I don’t think a herder would be too happy. Thank you for the insight! Honestly this pushes me a bit towards another shiba inu as it feels safe since I have experience. German Shepherd Dog I Am Your Friend Your Partner Your T-Shirt I am so nervous about getting a dog that won’t be happy with us! They don’t need to do dog sports, they need to work their brains. If you’re interested in teaching fun tricks and it’s something you’d probably spend time at most days, that is more than enough for most Aussies or borders collies. It doesn’t need to be “formal,” just something that is regular and ongoing.
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Teaching competition obedience or agility is just a series of tricks. It’s only different in that you would compete with the obedience. I have had Aussies and been involved with the breed for 20+ years and the main thing I look for in someone who wants to do some form of ongoing more advanced training. Fun tricks counts.German Shepherd Dog I Am Your Friend Your Partner Your T-Shirt I also live in a condo with my Aussies. They are a vocal breed and alert barking can be a challenge. They also can not do well at dog parks so it’s not good to rely on them for exercise. Alter barking doesn’t bother me as much as random loud barking that I hear from huskies. I can do alert or “talking” for attention, but yelling is where I lose my head. I also didn’t know about their tolerance of dog parks. I will continue to do more research—thank you!