Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Australian Blue Heeler; Queensland Blue Heeler; Queensland Heeler; Red Heeler; Australian Heeler; AC
The Australian Cattle Dog was developed to herd cattle in the wide open spaces and sometimes harsh or high temperatures of Australia. A wide mix of breeds went into its DNA, including the wild dog of Australia, the famous Dingo. The result is a tireless and highly intelligent working dog with energy to burn. All herding dogs enjoy solving problems and working alongside their humans, but this breed has a special need to get out in the great outdoors with an active owner.
This is not the choice for an apartment pet or the family who prefers to kick back on the couch. The Heeler does have a powerful drive to nip or herd cattle, which could be a problem around children or even fragile adults. You need to bring your best dog psychology to channeling this breed's energy into positive channels. If you are not capable of providing consistent guidance to your pet, this dog might run right over you.
They can be a great companion on a farm or ranch.
Appearance / health:
The Australian cattle dog has unique markings and it is physically close to the Dingoes of Australia. Striking in appearance, these dogs often have a dark red patch or black patch over one (single mask) or both (double mask) eyes. Some dogs have a white blaze called a Bentley on their foreheads, similar to many horses. The tail is low and hangs in a slight curve.
Known as a "wash and wear breed," the Australian Cattle Dog requires little grooming, as it does not shed throughout the year, but only once or twice a year for a period of two weeks. In this period, these dogs shed their undercoat in massive clumps. Brushing the body regularly is required to keep the coat healthy. Bathing with a quality mild shampoo does not affect the dog's coat.
Australian Cattle Dogs demand a lot of exercise and find ways to meet this need. Their energy needs an outlet through either work or exercise in the form of running, games, or swimming otherwise, they become noisy and destructive.
The Australian Cattle Dog is prone to hip dysplasia, a condition in which the hip is not formed properly and eventually may cause lameness. Complications involving the eyes, kneecaps, and thyroid might arise. Deafness occurs in some dogs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), an inherited disorder which effects the retina of the eye is unfortunately becoming more common in the breed, and can cause blindness beginning at a very early age. The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) is a registry foundation which tracks heritable eye disorders. Responsible breeders know the PRA status of the parents and each of the puppies in the litter, and selective breeding is being done to eliminate the problem from the breed.
Behavior / temperament:
Extremely enthusiastic and hardworking, these dogs do not tire out easily. Always watchful and alert, these dogs need to be busy; else, they become cautious and timid or destructive. They are wary of strangers.
Their tendency toward heeling is strong and can cause problems if not trained properly. They are fast learners who like varied training sessions to cater to their energetic minds.
They are quite noisy.
herding instinct, good ranch dogs, great watchdogs, all-round family dog, energetic
intense socialization, excessive barking, tough demeanor, stimulation, small backyard, constant shedding
strong herding instinct, awesome hiking buddy, herding, strong work, tough cookie, high energy levels
Fox, the dog who thinks she is the boss
Although Fox did not have any "formal" training, she was very easy to train and quick to learn. She even sometimes knows the difference between left and right. Fox is a very serious dog who wants to devote herself to a job. She believes her personal jobs are ball-playing and hiking. Don't mess with her while she is doing these! These are serious business! Luckily, Fox has a natural inclination to stick around and stay out of trouble, because she is not always the best listener. She thinks she is the boss and therefore usually only listens when she wants to. She also hates being moved from a spot where she has gotten comfortable. Fox also barks, ALL THE TIME. Fox does not always get along well with other dogs. She's more of an independent girl whose loyalty goes entirely to her human family. Despite her sass, you cannot help but love Fox. She is extremely intelligent and very devoted to her family. She really wants nothing more than to please you..
From JessLeighPeck Sep 13 2016 9:41PM
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Hard e-collars are very effective at keeping dogs' mouths off their incision sites. These are the cheapest and most effective way of reducing incision site complications. I send every surgery patient home with an e-collar. These surgical procedures are often performed on younger patients that are very prone to trying to lick their incision sites..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM yesterday
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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