Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Australian Shepard

Mollie's first day home
A few months ago, I purchased an Australian Shepard puppy from a lady who has shown Aussies for a long time. I bought Mollie (that's my puppy's name) to show in the 4-H dog show. She is to young to show this year, but I plan to enter her agility and obedience next year. Since it is very hard to find a purebred Aussie puppy at the Humane Society I bought my dog from a breeder.

One of my favorite things about Mollie is that I was able to pick her out of the litter and watch her grow. I knew that I wanted a female because all of our other dogs are girls, so I was able to find the three female puppies and chose from them. Two of the puppies looked exactly alike but Mollie had a patch of white on her head where the others didn't also, on one of Mollie's paws she has one white toe and the rest black. At first we kept her inside but as she grew she wanted to be outside more and more.

Asleep at the dog show
The first dog show training that I took Mollie to
she fell asleep at before I could practice with her.
I think that by the time I register for the next training, she will do pretty good. If Mollie sees anything in the tall grass, she will try to hop over the grass so that she can find it easier.

Mollie does have a couple of faults though,
 she likes to nip at your legs when you run, and she isn't friendly enough around other dogs.
I think that she nips because herding cattle is in her blood, and she is just trying to move us to where she wants us to go.

Waking up after a nap
If you have an active dog I would highly suggest that you train it  for agility contest because it helps your dog stay active and keeps it busy. Agility also allows for you to bond with your dog. 4-H has a non-profit program that teaches dog agility during the 4-H year and you can take you dog to the state dog show if your dog can
 meet the requirements.
I plan on showing Mollie next year so she has more time to learn what she needs to compete.

If you have any questions about the Aussie breed or the 4-H dog show, please feel free to comment with any questions. 

Mollie - my little angel

1 comment:

  1. OH MY GOSH. SHE IS TOO CUTE! Good luck with her training! I'm training my shepherd mix puppy. She's two and is a handful! :) Again, good luck!

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