Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Aussie
The Australian Terrier is Australia's first breed to be recognized both at home and abroad. The early settlers of Australia required a versatile dog that could withstand the harsh, rugged climate of the country while helping to police vast farmlands. Around 1820, Tasmanian breeders crossbred various terriers from Britain to produce a dog which could kill pests such as snakes and rodents, announce intruders, and tend sheep. As a result, this dog tends to be an assertive, athletic smaller dog with all of the pluses and minuses of the terrier personality-- including the need for something meaningful to do to prevent destructive digging or acting out.
This smaller terrier can be the right choice for active families and first-time terrier owners, but don't choose this dog if you're too busy or just want to chill on the sofa.
Appearance / health:
The Australian Terrier is a sturdy, keen, and intelligent dog with an untrimmed harsh coat suited for the rugged Australian landscapes. They are small but rather long in comparison to their height. They have pricked ears and traditionally the tail has been docked. However, tail docking has changed, and is no longer the standard internationally, except in the United States.
The Australian Terrier requires little grooming. Frequent bathing and shampooing may soften the harsh coat and cause dry, flaky skin. Brushing is done at least once a week to keep the coat clean. They have a low tolerance to fleas, which frequently induces an allergic reaction in them.
They need moderate amounts of exercise daily, which could simply include a long walk. They fit in well with human lifestyles. They need a reason to keep busy else, they find their own activities.
Australian Terriers do not suffer from as many health issues as other dogs. However, they are prone to diabetes and thyroid problems. Allergic skin dermatitis is common in these dogs. They have a low tolerance to fleas.
Behavior / temperament:
Australian Terriers are full of energy and are handy companions to their owners with their spiritedness and courage. Owners may get exasperated with their impish behavior at times. Extremely intelligent, they are not suited to living alone. They need the constant company of their owners and families. They keep themselves busy by either chasing smaller animals or cars or by digging. They are naturally wary of strangers whose presence they immediately announce but are not very aggressive. They are fast and jump swiftly to catch a moving ball or prey.
The Australian Terrier is a fast learner and several dogs have excelled in obedience training. They love to please their owners. Socialization is necessary to curb their natural aggressiveness with other dogs and pets. They get bored with routine training sessions and prefer variety and shorter training sessions.
Australian Terriers like toys such as bones, balls, and dolls. They are busy dogs and love games that help them expend their excessive energy.
happy dog, lovely long hair, farm dogs, healthy breed, spirited little guy, affectionate nature
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Tessa was a handful!
Tessa first came into my life when she was two months old. She was an absolutely beautiful, sandy-red Australian terrier whose father was even awarded the title of "champion" for his breed. What appealed to me most, however, was how adorable and lively Tessa was. She had a great deal of courage and self-confidence, even as a tiny puppy. Adding to her cuteness was one pointy ear and one droopy ear which corrected itself as she grew older.
We quickly realised that she was extremely intelligent. We also owned a Jack Russell terrier, and while he was very smart, Tessa seemed even more aware and observant. However, this also translated itself into immediate, incessant barking whenever she noticed something infringing on her "territory" (lizards, possums, the neighbour watering his garden over the fence ...)
At first we attributed this to a lack of stimulation, so we upped the amount of time we would walk her each day by another hour. The barking improved somewhat, but was still an issue until she was properly trained to follow commands. She remained somewhat territorial over food and toys, unlike our gentle and laid-back Jack Russell terrier. (Yes, I am actually calling our JRT "laid-back" in comparison to her).
Training Tessa was a CHALLENGE. Being extremely smart, she knew exactly what we wanted her to do ... having her actually do it was another matter entirely. I discovered that she was intentionally disobeying me after observing her perfectly follow the commands of a stricter family member, while mostly ignoring or even nipping me. I realised I needed to change my "softie" approach and be more strict and consistent.
She also had a very strong instinct to chase small, moving objects. This comes as no surprise since Australian terriers were originally bred to hunt rodents, and it certainly made for fun playtimes. But I guess I wasn't expecting it to happen so literally. You can imagine my horrified expression when she once trotted past me proudly carrying a huge rat in her mouth! I didn't even know we had rats?!
This breed needs a firm and fair hand, lots and lots of exercise, and a great deal of training in order to thrive and be happy. Although it might not appear like it at first, they crave a disciplined and structured environment and will be the most obedient and loyal dogs if their owner exerts the necessary effort. However, this is a lot of work, and I would definitely recommend that prospective owners consider their time and energy levels for this task!
*Extremely smart and quick to learn new things
*Very lively and playful
*Healthy and easy to groom
*Prone to misbehave if the owner does not put a lot of effort into training
*Without adequate stimulation and boundaries, they can be very barky and nippy
*Require a lot of work and dedication at first.
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From Rachel_Muur_DVM 31 days ago
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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