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My Aussie-like dog2/27/2013Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I realize that you've answered questions on the supposed Mini Aussie (I say 'supposed' realizing ...
  A: I think that it's fine to say that your dog is a rescue, and has Aussie heritage, and leave it at ...
3 month old Australian shepherd weighs 27 pounds?2/17/2013Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: we just got a 3 month old Aussie, and she is already 27 pounds! is this normal?! or is she just ...
  A: If you wanted a carting dog, I would have suggested a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Newfoundland, not an ...
electric fences2/15/2013Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I see where you were asked a question about electric fences back in 2004. Your response was that at ...
  A: I absolutely do NOT recommend or use electric fencing. I do not think it's a "wonderful tool" and ...
pushy little aussie2/5/2013Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: Good morning! I have two dogs, a 4 year old beagle/boxer rescue, (male), and a 17 week old blue ...
  A: The question I would ask is whether, when you gently pull your Aussie away from the Boxer, what does ...
agreesive female aussie towards dogs11/11/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: We rescued a blue Merle Aussie in April of this year that was dropped off at the pound. I have ...
  A: This is a situation that should be addressed directly by a trainer who can work with you. On a ...
3 yr old female aussie herding/nipping children9/20/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have a 3 yr old red merle. She does nothing wrong,except she does not like children. We go to a ...
  A: Kathryn, I would also be VERY concerned about leaving your dog at any boot camp type training ...
Aggressive8/15/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: We are the 3rd one she was guit for a while then opened up. She is pretty agressive towards others ...
  A: If the dog is lunging then she should be contained away from the grandchildren. Do not risk a bite. ...
double merle issues8/5/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I was given a double merle sheltie female and told she was deaf. I understand why and I believe she ...
  A: If she's a new rescue, it may just be that she is fearful of her new surroundings and therefore ...
Aussie Sheppard6/13/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have been given a 3yr old female red merle that is not spade, she weights 8lbs and is in very good ...
  A: No, it's not OK, UNLESS you can be sure the pup doesn't come from a puppy mill herself (chances are ...
Aggressive 2 yr old aussi6/12/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My 2 yr old aussi shep. has become very aggressive towards other male dogs. This is what I've ...
  A: There's no such thing as an alpha male - I know, you've heard the term a lot, but the man who coined ...
How do I keep my Border Collie happy?6/11/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have a 5-7 year old Border Collie girl named Kristy, and my mom and dad had a new 1 month old ...
  A: I'm so glad you want to keep your dog happy and occupied with things that she likes to do. Texas is ...
Aussie Size6/3/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: We have a 9 week old Aussie/corgi mix who weighs 6 lbs. Will he be considered a mini? Or could the ...
  A: To be honest, unless you have seen both parents, even a description by a shelter doesn't always ...
What to do after one of my two Aussies dies3/10/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: A little over a month ago I had to put one of my 2 Aussies to sleep. He was almost thirteen years ...
  A: After a few weeks, if your dog bounces back and seems none the worse for wear, you might want to ...
Behaviour1/4/2012Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have a 5 year old male Aussie. Recently I acquired another dog that is requiring alot of my ...
  A: What gender, age, and breed is the other dog? What is the other dog's socialization history? When ...
Aussie Puppy11/4/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I am new to the aussie breed, but not dogs. I have owned and trained many dogs in my life, and ...
  A: That sometimes happens when a pup is brought into a home with another dog. If you think about it ...
Australian Shepherd HELP9/11/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: We have had our female since she was a puppy she is now 4 years old. This has been the BEST dog ...
  A: I have no way of knowing, but generally speaking, herding breeds are not as likely as other breeds ...
chewing8/21/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: my husband is in the army and we were living in Washington state fore about 4 months of my dogs ...
  A: The dog is nervous in the new environment, especially being left with "strangers" for the first time ...
10 month old Aussie - bit our neighbor5/3/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I've been reading through your site and seeing some common themes. I'm sad to report we had a ...
  A: When you say "correction collar" I'm not sure I know what you mean. Slip (choke) collar, prong ...
Aussie puppy bitting4/25/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My cousin purchased 2 Aussie brother and sister puppies from a pet store. We are very close and ...
  A: IMMEDIATELY, your cousin should take those puppies to puppy class, in separate classes and with a ...
Small animal kills3/14/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My aussie is very territorial. She has killed a cat, possum, rabbit, groundhogs, birds, mice, moles ...
  A: Dogs do know their own species if they have been at all socialized, such as in puppy class, but some ...
Australian Shepherd2/16/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I adpoted a 4 year old Australian Shepherd and he is great. How low can the outside temperture get ...
  A: I don't agree with putting a dog outside in a pen all day, if that's what you mean. Aussies are ...
Dog nipping2/12/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: The event usually plays out like this: she see's someone, she then has the need to say hi, she ...
  A: Stop correcting her! If she is nipping out of fear, this won't help, and may make matters worse. I ...
mini aussies as a running partner?1/12/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: We currently have a 12yr old lab who is very sweet and extremely laid back. I am looking for my new ...
  A: Aussies are a very athletic breed, but are not for everyone. If you are used to the laid back Lab, ...
giardia1/8/2011Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My 5 1/2 month miniature Australian shepherd has had Guardia since her 2nd worming at nine weeks--a ...
  A: Yes, it is true, but it can also be brought in to the yard or home on your shoes and boots. It's ...
Aussie recent agression11/17/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have a 10 month old male neutered Aussie who has always been friendly. We take him camping with us ...
  A: My suggestion is that you get an appointment with a behavior professional who can instruct you in ...
Stray puppy11/9/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My son brought home a puppy from the woods. I took the puppy to the vet this morning and found out ...
  A: I think if you have the resources to take the pup to classes, and you keep up with his socialization ...
minature australian shepard puppy9/26/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I am thinking about buying a new puppy. He is in a small pet shop in my area. I trust these people. ...
  A: Never buy a puppy from a pet store!!!!!! You may trust them, but almost all pet shop puppies come ...
training age9/23/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have an aussie puppy that is 4 months and 3 weeks old. I lost both of my aussies (brother and ...
  A: I don't think you are doing too much. These dogs love to work! As long as you are not stressing ...
Bee sting?9/21/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My 1 1/2 yr. old Aussie had a sudden episode a few weeks ago - ears back, frothing/drooling, slight ...
  A: Idiopathic epilepsy runs in Australian Shepherds, as does hypothyroidism, both of which can cause ...
aussies9/20/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: do you show or work ur dogs i've worked cattle all my life with aussies all those test you people ...
  A: I don't have any idea why you seem so upset with me. My Aussie comes from working lines (Pincie ...
Yellow Coat?9/18/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have a australian shepherd but she isn't your normal everyday color. She is yellow, now I have ...
  A: It is possible to have a yellow Aussie. Here's some information on them: ...
nipping8/27/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: we have a loverly 1 yr old Aussie - Max. Sometimes when he's around kids (ours and others)and the ...
  A: You need to train the dog and the kids together:-) Firstly, the children should not be permitted to ...
Grooming8/23/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: 2 days ago, we took our red merle to a groomer. I did not want him shaved becuase I don't like the ...
  A: Dandruff, dry hair, and dirt is not usually an excuse to shave a dog unless the dog had parasites or ...
Sensitive to sound8/20/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: My aussie is EXTREMELY sensitive to abrupt noises. Especially popping sounds - i.e. fireworks, ...
  A: It's not uncommon in a lot of breeds, including Aussies. There is a very good article on noise ...
biting7/24/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: Overall my Aussie is a wonderful dog however when i was cleaning some dog biscuits that fell on the ...
  A: Time out is an appropriate punishment for children, but rarely for dogs. They simply don't make the ...
Barking7/20/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have an Australian Shepherd and he hates strangers. On walks, we've trained him not to bark or ...
  A: If you read the Australian Shepherd breed standard, it does say that they are dogs with "strong ...
Rogue, Tebow And Bam bam7/17/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have 2 Aussie healer mixes that we adopted,they were dropped on the side of the road in the same ...
  A: Without seeing this, I have no idea which dog is really starting the problem, because it isn't ...
Pattern Whites7/16/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: We bred our blue merle female to a male black tri, who has a great bloodline. Niether of them have ...
  A: Well, not knowing the dogs, that's difficult to answer. Although most pattern whites come from ...
my dog barks constantly while playing.7/13/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: She is a australian shepherd/labrador. She is a wonderful dog other than her constant barking while ...
  A: One helpful thing you can do is NOT to bark back:-) So, avoid telling her to be quiet! Until you ...
weight of an aussie7/11/2010Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT
  Q: I have a female australian shephard that weighs 19 pounds. I took her to the vet and she wants to do ...
  A: Yes, I do think you should follow up with that. Aussies do have a wide range of sizes and weights, ...

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I'm happy to answer questions about the Aussie breed and temperament, and basic information about working lines versus show lines, training your Aussie, grooming your Aussie, and what it's like to live with a dog breed that's smart and versatile, but isn't for everyone.

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