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Sep. 30th, 2011 @ 02:43 pm looking for advice on training pls
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I adopted a aussie cattle dog/ begal mix in july of this year. I wanted a dog that was nothing like my old sheppard/rotti mix, and boy did i manage to get that.
My dogs name is Blueberry, but we usually only call her Blue. She came with her name and we didnt want to change it because we figured she had already had enough change. She was brought to Ontario from Ohio. From what i have been told she was a stray and had 1 litter of puppies before she was brought here. She was in a high kill shelter in Ohio. We figure she is about 2 and 1/2. She is an amazing little dog, and my daughter loves her to death. My issue is that she is too smart for her own good, and she is one of the most stubborn dogs I have ever come across. Is there anyone out there that finds this to be true of their aussie mix? When she is upset with me she will pee or poop in the house, and she loves to get into the garbage and the kitty litter :s
Any advice or suggestions are welcomed. I would love to know that i am not the only one having issues with this mix breed of dog.

Thank you
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Date:October 1st, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
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My dog, Dolce, is supposedly an Aussie shepherd x Italian greyhound (though I think more like border collie x whippet).

I have a few things that in my experience, are relevant here.

1. I do not believe that dogs do things to "get even" when they're mad at us.
2. The peeing and pooping in the house (which Dolce did in the beginning rather frequently) may be because she was never house trained. Dolce lived in a yard 24/7 before I got him, and he will still have an accident nearly 7 months later if I'm not diligent. What works best for us is a walk early in the morning, breakfast, walk at lunch time, walk when I get home, dinner, walk before bed. Repeat the next day.
3. Getting into things is almost 100% caused by boredom & excess, pent up energy. How much exercise does Blue get? I'm not talking out in the yard or a dog park, I'm talking structure: training, run-along biking or rollerblading, walks, fetch, etc.? As a herding breed, these guys all have tremendous energy stores. As a young dog, she has even more! Even if you feel you do a lot, it may not be enough for her intelligent, high-speed brain. With Dolce, if he doesn't run-along bike with me ~8 miles every other day, he'll drive me nuts inviting me to play in the house every minute until I give in. We also have daily training sessions of about 20 minutes 2 or 3 times a day. I take him to the dog park on the weekends, and we have 3-5 daily walks of about 30 minutes. He will also get into the trash if I leave it out... I find this best remedied by a) having nothing of interest or edible in there and b) hiding it or getting one of the locking garbage cans. Being a beagle mix, she's got a great nose, so pretty much everything will be interesting. =P
4. I don't believe dogs are stubborn. I think our interpretation of behaviors to come up with stubborn usually comes from a lack of understanding from the dog's point of view. Dogs are hard-wired to please us, so 90% of the time (if not 100% of the time) any behavior that may be offensive is because the dog either doesn't know better or had no alternative.
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