|Barked: Sat Nov 8, '08 1:28pm PST |
Don't forget that a tired Aussie won't get into as much trouble. The trouble is that Aussies are very difficult to tire out. A normal dog needs at least two 30-40 minute walks per day, and an Aussie needs 1-2 hours minumum. Walking may not do the trick, and they will get bored with the same activity like fetching a ball, so you have to mix it up. Keep in fun, and have fun doing it.
There is some great advice here regarding crate training. It will help add that once a dog is properly crate trained, you can actually leave the crate open, and they will go in all by themselves when you are home. I believe that a dog should never have the run of the house when you are away.
Also, while in training, fewer toys helps define what they can chew on and what they can't. Just picture 10 toys on the floor next to a pair of sneakers. Versus a nylabone and a pair of sneakers. When they go for the sneakers, make a Pssshht!!! sound or clap to distract them from the toy. Shaking change in an aluminum can also works amazingly well. Noises, clickers, and other sounds are less distracting to humans who hear "no" or "leave it."
Not all training is positive, but positive training is more effective and pleasant for the owner as well. So follow up all good behaviour with praise. Even if they are just laying around next to you.
Start taping Ceasar Milan's show and look into some of www.unclematty.com books.
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